Dog House Recommended Gear

This page of Dog House Recommendations has affiliate links. But keep in mind, we select these based upon our actual use of the products. We won’t recommend something we think is crap. Period.

Things We Recommend

Books – Knowledge is power my friends. Stay informed and read on. Let’s have a revolution of knowledge, shall we?

Dog Houses – You’re dog deserves a dog house, looks great as a part of your yard landscaping and it’s one of the main subjects of this website.

Okay, so I recommend that you build your own dog house. It’s a better experience and you can customize it just the way you want. But that being said, maybe you either don’t have time or the desire to build one yourself. Nothing wrong with that at all, so we’ve checked out some dog houses for you and done the research so you don’t have to.

I will add some dog houses once I find one for sale that isn’t crap. For the most part, at this time, I recommend building your own. The mass-produced ones are not yet passing my review process.

Top Gift Picks For The Dog (Or Pet) Lover In Your Life


Great Dog House Vent Materials

Vents Covers

Vent Grills

Ventilation Fans – 12 volt

Best Dog House Insulation

My absolute favorite choice for insulating a dog house. This stuff works great. I use this Reflectix foil along with another layer of foam sheet and it really keeps the heat in. Worth it? You bet!


August 2019 Update:  Dog Houses REVIEWED

Farmer Jer’s Top Picks (From Amazon)

Small Dog Houses

Small Indoor Dog House

  • Locking Door
  • Non-Insulated
  • Toy and Small Breeds
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • Cute Design

Small Indoor Dog House More Information: Petsfit Indoor Wooden Dog House with Wire Door for Small Dog, 1-Year Warranty

Small Outdoor Dog House

  • No Door
  • Non-Insulated
  • Toy and Small Breeds
  • All-Weather Construction

Outdoor Dog House More Information: no!no! Plastic Indoor Outdoor Dog House Small to Medium Pet All Weather Doghouse Puppy Shelter White, Blue Roof

Medium Dog Houses

Medium Indoor Dog House

  • Has Door
  • Non-Insulated
  • Medium Sized Dog Breeds
  • Converts Into Pet Gate!
  • This is the transformer of dog crates.  What a cool idea they came up with. It has great reviews and it’s an absolutely ingenious design.

Medium Indoor Dog House More Information: Merry Pet 2-in-1 Configurable Pet Crate and Gate, Medium

Medium Outdoor Dog House

  • No Door
  • Non-Insulated
  • Medium Sized Dog Breeds
  • Waterproof
  • Portable

Medium Outdoor Dog House More Information: Giantex Outdoor Indoor Pet Dog House Portable Waterproof Plastic Puppy Shelter All Weather Roof Cat Dogs House

Large Dog Houses

Large Indoor Dog House

  • Locking Door
  • Non-Insulated
  • Large Sized Dog Breeds
  • Comes With Cover

Large Indoor Dog House More Information: MidWest iCrate Starter Kit | The Perfect Kit for Your New Dog Includes a Dog Crate, Dog Crate Cover, 2 Dog Bowls & Pet Bed | 1-Year Warranty on ALL Items

Large Outdoor Dog House

  • No Door
  • Non-Insulated
  • Large Sized Dog Breeds

Large Outdoor Dog House More Information: Cool Pet Zone 32 in. x 45 in. x 32.5 in. Tuff-n-Rugged Dog House

Dog House Heater Pick:

All-weather dog heating pad for your dog house.
All-weather dog heating pad for your dog house.

I recommend an all-weather heating pad like this one. This heating pad from Amazon is our # 1 pick for a dog house heater choice.  It offers the best efficiency, the best protection and you don’t have to worry about burning the place down. 

If you buy or build a dog house with a large enough floor plan, you can easily follow our method of dog house heating as laid out in the diagram on our dog house types article.  Check it out here.

Dog House Doors

Don’t miss our episode of Dog House Reno where I show you how to make your own double layer strip curtain door for your dog house door.

Premium Pet Doors

These are the quality of doors you would install on your home. These are not necessarily intended for, nor will all of these work for a dog house. But, if you’re looking for a professional grade pet door to install into your home, these are the ones you want.

Dog Boating Life Jacket Recommendation

Wood Plank Dog House Video Recommendations

Wood Plank Dog House Build Recommendations – Tools

Dewalt Impact and Hammer Drill Kit – I almost never pick up a screwdriver, I just use my impact.  I’ve used a Dewalt impact for over 15 years both professionally as a service technician and in my personal life.  I love their tools.  Good warranty, good service.  I can’t say enough about their products.  I’m sold, that’s all I can say.

Dewalt Miter Saw – I totally love this saw.  You see me using it in the Dog House Times ‘Wood Plank Dog House Build’ video.  I bought one of these 2 years ago.  I’ve used it to build my gazebo, dog house and renovate my house.  It’s still on the original blade.  Amazing tool.  I swear by it.  Good stuff Dewalt.

Wood Plank Dog House Build Recommendations – Materials

Panel To Go Under Dog House – Keeping a dog house up off the ground is important to keep it from rotting and to keep it warm.  These look nice too.  They snap together so it is really easy to use.

Hinges – Using a set of decent hinges will help with a nice motion for your dog house.  The ones I like are stainless steel.  The reason for this is that it won’t make rust streaks after a few weeks outside.

Wood Plank Dog House Plans - Exclusively found at Dog House Times, these are the plans that accompany our how-to video you can find on our YouTube channel.

Solar Project Recommendations

Solar Panel Kits

Batteries For Solar

Solar Project Wiring

Electric Actuators

Dog House Lighting

LED Lighting - 12 Volt

These lights are perfect. They don't generate much heat so fire isn't a worry and they run off 12 volt, so you can use them with a 12 volt battery electric circuit. Beauty if you're adding these to a solar project.

Spot Lights And More For The Yard

These look great when you want to illuminate an area of your yard. Why not use them around the dog house?

Extension Cords For Your Yard

If you're using any of the landscape spot lights, you'll need a cord. Here's a few decent ones.

Dog Training

Dog Whistles

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