Size Does Matter
We have two 10 year old beagles who have always been “outdoor” dogs. I have built them a house framed with 2×4’s, plywood, and have insulated the floor, walls, and ceiling with pink fiberglass insulation. It even has a tabbed hinged door that they can open themselves. They have carpet and an old down sleeping bag inside. The problem is due to the cold weather; my wife thinks they should be inside. I hung a thermometer in their house and the other morning the outside temperature was 15 degrees and “dog house” temperature was 50 degrees! That’s doggie heaven, right?
If I’m not careful both of us may end up in a 50 degree dog house. I will say that I admire your craftsmanship and your commitment to your dogs’ welfare. Not only is the insulation essential but preventing air leakage and drafts with that hinged door was a stroke of genius.
The right size house is also important: about one and one half times the length, height, and width of the occupant is ideal. Really big houses are a mistake because they contain too much air for a dog’s body to heat. Nice construction job. Now, how about those Giants?