Best Dog Beds and Houses – The Ultimate Winter Proofing Guide

A cold air approaches, you turn to see if your mother-in-law stopped by.. she’s not there. It must be something else. You walk across the living room. Maybe the Night King is coming you think? But no, Game of Thrones isn’t on either. Winter.. Winter is actually coming, as the seasons would have it! In the corner you see your dog, looking mildly cold. It strikes you all at once, your dog is your extension of your family and MUST BE WINTERPROOFED. 

We understand your concern, and we got your back. This is our complete guide to winter proofing your dog for those cold winter months. Outside of cranking up the heater, there are two main categories for this. 

  1. The things your dog is wearing
  2. Where your dog is sleeping

Luckily, there are many options to combat the wicked trials of nature. Fear not dog owners, warmth lies ahead

The first step of our journey in winter preparation involves the most important aspect of all, shelter! This is assuming your dog will be staying outside sometimes, or even some nights.

Best Insulated Dog Houses

Every panel of this dog palace is kept warm with thick foam. Up to 4 inches per side. The floor is raised off the ground and insulated as well. There are no weak points and the reviews reflect that. This is a durable, hard shell dog house that’s perfect for the winter months. You can be confident your dog will be warm and toasty in here.  Included in the purchase is a heating pad. During warmer summer months you may worry it would be “too insulated”, and trap the heat in. A valid concern, to counteract that there are removable window panes that open without any tools required. Perfect for the outdoors. 

Key Features

  • Cross Ventilation Window Panes
  • Floor Insulation
  • Secure Entry Door

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If you’re looking for a smaller dog house for your smaller breed, the padded offering by JSNY is perfect for inside your home. The benefit of it’s small size is that it’s portable. There is no plastic soft shell, you can fold this thing flat and take it anywhere for your little guy(or girl). Best for small dogs, this is not large enough for medium sizes. Coming in at 17″ x 16″ x 18″. Three different colors give you a variety to match the interior of your home. They’re tan, blue, and red. 

Key Features

  • Folds Up Easily
  • Padded Interior For Colder Months
  • Cute Design and Three Colors

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A beautifully designed dog kennel made of real wood. Before everything was made of plastic and compacted wood bits, they used to make things like this! It’s insulated with timber, plywood, and styrofoam. The raised floor helps keep critters out and promotes good airflow. Along with a removable top for cleaning. This thing is huge, and can withstand big dogs of up to 150lbs. The legs of this kennel are adjustable, so it’s easier to set make it level on uneven ground.  You will need a drill for assembly, it will take a bit longer than most other options. 

Key Features

  • Very Easy To Clean/Access
  • Made With Real Wood
  • Adjustable Legs for Outdoors

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Since we are feeling a little lumberjack-y after our last post, we thought we’d offer you another wooden masterpiece. For winter, this would require a heating pad as it’s only insulation consists of wood. However we all know people suffer for fashion. This thing is sexy. After getting a heating pad, your dog will have the coolest spot on the block. Those people obsessed with tiny homes might try to move in, so watch out!

This is a weatherproof offering, it will keep moisture out. It comes in three sizes suitable for most dogs. Small, medium and large. 

Key Features

  • Aesthetically Pleasing
  • Made With Real Wood
  • Raised Floors

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Need a new place for your kids to go in time out?! Just kidding of course, but if you want your dog to be snug as a bug this is your siren call. An insulated dog house that’s actually insulated, we are pleasantly surprised. You see, many companies add the word “insulated” in their posts to deceive us. But, we’ve got you covered.

It has foam in both the walls and ceiling, along with an included floor heater. The door is self closing so your pooch will be snug and ready for the elements. Well, more likely a long nap. 

Key Features

  • Floor Heater
  • Actual Foam Insulation
  • Seals Up Tight

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Petsfit Dog House

If you have a dog that’s large and in charge, we’ve got you covered with the Petsfit Dog House. It’s spacious, has good construction, and can fit this lab like nothin. Another dog house that uses actual wood as well. How lovely. This is cedar with a stain. Everything is pre-drilled so assembly will be a snap. 

Key Features

  • Reinforced Floor
  • Made For Large Dogs
  • Quality Construction

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Starplast Mocha/Brown Large Dog Kennel

Light weight plastic and a snap together construction. If you don’t like wasting time reading manuals the snap together construction of this large dog house will have you filled with joy. On top of that it’s one of the cheapest dog houses in the large variety. We definitely recommend a mat for the floor, but with this option you’ll have plenty of room in your budget to squeeze that in. 

Key Features

  • Affordable
  • Made For Large Dogs
  • Ease of Assembly

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Heated Dog House Beds

Heating pads are a lot more reliable than they used to be. The Lectro-Soft doesn’t come with the igloo in the picture, but it does come with a 1 year warranty. It’s called “igloo style” because it’s shaped as a half circle.  As we know, dogs bodies aren’t made in square shapes. So this is great for sleeping on their side.To make it easy to clean, it has a removable fleece cover. One of the main complaints people have is that it doesn’t come with the igloo! We might have fallen for that too at first…

Key Features

  • Easy To Clean
  • Half Round Shape
  • 1 Year Warranty

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K&H at it again with another quality offering. This dog bed comes in two sizes, medium and large. If it’s getting cold or your dog is getting older and just needs a warm place indoors, this is perfect. The cupped shape and outdoor wall make for a secure sit. The medium size is 20″x26″ and the large is 24″ x 31″. These measurements take into account the exterior size and are not measured from the interior. Consider the inside of the “lip” when you are taking into calculation if it’d fit your dog. There is a few inches of difference. 

Key Features

  • Tested To Meet Electrical Standards
  • Safe to Leave Plugged In
  • 1 Year Warranty, Only 6 Watt Power Draw

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We regretfully must inform you these puppies are not included in the purchase price. Our condolences. If you have a very small dog, a puppy, or even a cat; this is a great option. We really mean small, the diameter is only 12 inches. We like that it’s chew resistant and waterproof. Watching puppies can be a handful, an adorable handful but still. They are prone to chewing. 

Key Features

  • Removable Cover
  • Adjustable Remote
  • 2 Year Guarantee

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Dog Blankets For Winter

So, if we can get past the fact that this looks like the Harry Potter Cloak of Invisibility.. then we can get into the fact that this thing is freaking comfortable. Pure polyester and reversible, in a variety of sizes from small to large. The smallest coming in at 31″ x 27 ” and the largest at 60″ x 48″. That’s a big blanket. Very well received and very warm indeed, this blanket is a thing that everyone should see!

Key Features

  • Reversable
  • Machine Washable
  • 12 Month Warranty For Defects

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One of the most affordable options available, this is perfect for protecting a surface or adding bulk to a blanket structure your dog is craving. We even like it for cars, throw this on the backseat and if there’s an accident it’s easily replaceable. It comes in three different sizes and three different designs, all with warm colors. 

Key Features

  • Soft Plush
  • 3 Colors
  • Machine Washable

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Now we’re talking big, thanks to Pawsee. This is a an extra large dog blanket that has a cool feature. The reversible slip allows for two different textures. Plush fleece on one side, and wool on the other.  It’s a big one at 60″ x 49″.  So if you have a big old guy or maybe a few small ones, this is going to give them room to stretch their legs and still keep warm. Five different colors and four different sizes means you’ve got options. If you don’t have a dog and are looking for a super hero cape, we may have tested it for these purposes.. and it passes that as well. 

Key Features

  • Huge
  • 2 Different Textures
  • Plenty of Color and Size Combinations

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Sometimes you don’t need to be thick to be effective. Wait, in blanket speak we mean. Fleece has longstanding been known for it’s warmth while being thinner than some less insulating counterparts. This pet fleece blanket is no different. It keeps you warm, maybe too warm sometimes. Your pet will love it, super cozy and durable. So many colors they make our eyes pop. They’re proud of it enough to offer a money back guarantee, putting the mula where the mouth is. We like that. 

Key Features

  • So Many Colors
  • Warm
  • Heavy

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We had to include these because of the adorable designs and colors. They come in either a 4 pack,5, or 6. Made of fleece, they size at 24″ x 28″. So they are a bit smaller than most options. But, you have six of them. Plus, look at those rad paw prints. 

As we mentioned before, never underestimate fleece. These will keep your dog warm and snug during colder climates. They fit perfectly in pet carriers or on car seats as well. 

Key Features

  • Colors and Paw Prints
  • Great Value
  • Great for Car Covers

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Now that we’ve covered where they sleep, the next is to cover how they roam. Equip your dog with the best goodies to go out there and get that ball in the snow. Phase 2 initiate!

Best Winter Dog Coats

You may love your dog more than yourself sometimes, and what better way to keep them cozy than a cute little coat. These come in various styles of plaid and solid colors, and make for great insulation. They’re made of polyester, are windproof, and water resistant.  Ranging from very small to 3xL in size, these aren’t just for the small breeds! The 3xL fits up to a 23″ neck. Rated for dogs up to 100 lbs. 

Their main purpose is of course to keep your dog dry and warm during colder elements, and for that they’re excellent. 

Key Features

  • Water Repellent
  • Warm
  • Cute Plaid Styles

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Just remember next time you’re shivering in public, that there are no social rules for dogs. They can wear full sized knitted pajamas AND make you clean up their poop. How did they get a deal like that? This fitwarm knitted pet pajama is a full slip on. Covering nearly every part of your dogs body to give them that warm toasty feeling you used to get as a kid by the fire. Except they get to have it all day. These come in extra small to xxl. All shapes and sizes get to enjoy the comfort of full body pajamas. 

Can you tell we’re a little bit jealous? 

Key Features

  • Full Body
  • Perfect for Hairless or Tiny Breeds
  • Soft Thick Knitted Fabric

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The surfer of the dog world, this Golden prefers water to cold which is why he has a rad hoodie on. Cowabunga.

Finely stitched and loose fitting, this may not provide as much warmth as the full body options but it fits snugly around the arms while giving a little breathing room for the body. It comes in blue and red flannel designs. Plus it has a hoodie, how cool is that? 

Key Features

  • Snug fit on Arms
  • Hoodie for Rain Protection
  • Extremely Affordable

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But what about the cute stuff for little dogs? Well, we have you covered. Nine different styles of adorable dog coats are here. They might not provide the most warmth compared to previous choices but they do provide the most looks. We all know some tiny dogs suffer from little complexes, so what better way to boost their confidence by dolling them up in some stylish offerings? 

These are made from 100% acrylic, and must be washed in cold water to prevent shrinkage. 

Key Features

  • Lovely Styles
  • Affordable
  • Warm

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Dog Boots For Winter

These boots were made for walking.. reflectively. Qumy dog boots are feature packed. They’re reflective, anti-slip, and secure with their Velcro strap. If your dog’s  feet used to get cold, say no more. These will keep the dry in, and keep the wet out. Owners find that these may help their dogs with arthritis get a better grip.  In fact even when dogs get the “zoomies” , these can handle that. 

They only come in one style, but they do have 5 different sizing options. 

Key Features

  • Reflective
  • Velcro Strap
  • Anti-Slip

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Waterproof, with a zipper and velcro strap to ensure a snug fit. These offer a bit more insulation than other options and are worthy of the name “dog boots”. Wet suit fabric keeps your dogs paws warm and is at the same time comfortable and giving. The rubber soles provide great traction and the stitching is top notch. They come in 6 sizes ranging from xs to xxl. 

Key Features

  • Wet Suit Insulated Material
  • Two Strap Closing System
  • Rubber Soles for Traction

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A vibrant red fabric and anti- slip soles catch your eyes when you first set sight on My Busy Dog’s shoes. All of their fabrics are sewn together so that they last longer. Heat won’t effect them as much as other soles. We really like the waffle pattern of the anti slip sole, it helps “grab” at the ground for traction. 

They have reflective stitching and velcro straps. A wide split seam means that the shoe has a little give for your dogs potentially big feet. Best of all there are color choices, something lacking in previous brands. These come in red, orange, green, and black. 

Key Features

  • 4 Color Options
  • Waffle Pattern On Soles For Traction
  • Reflective Stitching Increases Visibility At Night

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While this looks like something you would see the Kardashians put on their dogs, they still have a cute charm in a way. They’re stitched all the way up and down, and the fabric doesn’t appear to have much give. They have a solid rubber sole. 

Not the most adjustable nor the tightest fit on our list, but we really do like that they have a very strong sole. Some of the most common complaints are related to the sizing, so make sure to triple check if you’re considering purchasing. Others had issues getting their dogs to wear them in the first place. 

Key Features

  • Solid Rubber Sole
  • They Come in Pink
  • Fur

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Our first review of a soft sole shoe. Water resistant, reflective, with a nonslip sole.  What makes these a good option is that they are soft all around. If your dog has a hard time fitting into shoes, the flexibility will make it much easier. And if your dog likes wiggling out of shoes, these are easy to get a snug fit on with a loop velcro strap. 

Being softer on the soles, your dog will feel more. So we recommend these for terrain you are familiar with. Not our top choice for rough terrain. 

Key Features

  • Soft Sole Design
  • 3 Colors to Choose From
  • Very Secure Loop Strap

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Dog Hat For Winter

In theory, putting a hat on your dog seems like a good idea for winter. In practice, the dogs end up having the same expression as this guy here. Perhaps he’s planning his revenge as they’re taking his picture? 

Dog hats aren’t commonly a thing because.. they’re not usually tolerated well. But this hat has a great design and is made from a Polyester / Cotton combo. So, if somehow by an act of God you can convince your dog to wear one please let us see it!

Key Features

  • Velcro Strap
  • 100% Cotton
  • Insulated Soft Design

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Should I get a dog bed or a dog house?

This depends on a few things. Dog beds are fine for indoor use, but if you are thinking of putting one outside to keep your friend comfortable.. it’s not gonna last long! When you are looking for something outdoors, we definitely recommend a dog house. Additionally, this will shield your dog from the elements and give them a safe space. If they’ve been crate trained, they will prefer this option as well. If it gets to a decent drop in temperature there are many insulated and even heated options for dog houses that will work in short bursts. In that type of weather you should bring your dog inside, and the dog house. 

We hope you and your dog are ready to face winter HEAD ON. Hopefully some of these trinkets will help you on your journey. If you have any funny winter stories about your dog, let us know 🙂

Why buy a dog bed?

Well.. why buy a mattress for yourself? Dogs have bones, muscles, and aches just like us. Especially when they get older. Sleeping on carpet or tile isn’t fun, try it yourself sometime and see how long you last. You should buy a dog bed for the comfort of your pet. If your dog is older, you can look into getting them an orthopedic option. Softer is better on joints that need it. 

We hope you and your dog are ready to face winter HEAD ON. Hopefully some of these trinkets will help you on your journey. If you have any funny winter stories about your dog, let us know 🙂

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