Hello! I reviewed many sites, but did not find the answer to my question. I am a volunteer at a dog shelter. It is a great pity for dogs in such cold as now. Some dogs just beats a big shiver from the cold. In the booths gap. In the summer we want to start insulating the booths, but we cannot understand which material is better to choose and how to do it. The price of the material plays a big role. Thank you in advance.
You are well done, for the reason that you are showing affection towards our smaller brethren. Although a wild pack of dogs can radically change your attitude. However, feral people are not any better than them. But this is from the field of philosophy.
First, a very short answer to your question, and then a broader consideration of it.
Heating dog homes, as a rule, is not practiced. Nature itself has provided that the dogs – the descendants and close relatives of wolves, are supplied with skin. This versatile clothing for all seasons.
In the habitats of these animals, they use either burrows or simple shelters that, at best, protect them from precipitation. In their homeland, the Bryansk region, one could observe the places of wolves’ winter lezhk – they were located most often under the lower paws of the fir trees. Where there was neither rain nor snow, and there wasn’t much wind.
For dogs, people build houses – shelters by analogy. This is a kennel or a booth, which is practically the same.
If, as you write, this is already there, just a lot of cracks, then, in my opinion, the cheapest is to use ordinary plastic film. Better in two layers, will be stronger. Because it is more expensive to sheathe a wooden board with a gap and still you cannot eliminate them all.
By the way, homeless people, as well as fishermen, fans of winter fishing often use a similar film as a shelter from the wind. Any frame is made and if there are warm clothes in such an improvised wigwam, they can be in it for hours and days, warming the space with one breath.
What can be used from other materials?
Hardboard immediately spoiled by rain. DSP, OSBi, plywood, even moisture-resistant, will not serve for a long time, in a few years they will still stratify, and they cost decently. Flat slate and DSP are also expensive, various plastics and roofing felt, rubemasts and their analogues are not much cheaper.
You can try to apply Tavik, Yutavik, Ozospan and the like thermofilms. They are somewhat more expensive than plastic films; a roll with an area of 50 to 70 square meters costs approximately 600 to 1,500 rubles. But it can close a lot of space.
It is easy to fix such films with ordinary stapler staples. Of course, not that used in the offices, and construction. Which costs 300-400 rubles.
And the brackets themselves cost about 50-60 rubles for a pack of 1000 pieces. Staples are fastened in a square-nested way, that is, after 15-20 centimeters.
Roll out the film so that the rough fibrous side, it is adjacent to the surface of the boards of dog houses. And the flat and smooth side of the film was outside. Then the atmospheric moisture will drain outside and will not fall inside the buildings.
If their height is greater than the width of the film, then the film is first fixed along the bottom of the walls, and the second upper strip of the film is placed on the top of the lower strip of the film so that the flowing water cannot penetrate under the lower strip of the film. That is all elementary.
For a tolerable existence of dogs in the winter, the arrangement of their homes, in my opinion, must first of all consist in the impossibility of accessing their kennels to drafts and wind blowing. As well as dog housing should be small in size, that is, it can simultaneously contain no more than two or three dogs at a time.
If we turn to mother nature, then the strongest individuals survive in it. Sick dogs, in particular, plague, rabies, will not be able to stretch for a long time into the fierce cold. Dogs are not bears, which make themselves lairs for long winters, where they hide. A bear with a pair of three bear cubs in a den tolerates the winter quite comfortably.
Wolves are the closest relatives of dogs, they do not make lairs, at best they make holes, and they also change as they destroy in the area those living creatures that they can catch. And they move to another area. Their burrows are, at best, protected from rain and snow and the same wind, but they may have gaps and holes. That does not save from frost.
How are dogs saved in cities? Not those that live with the owners, and the street. If you carefully observe, you will see that when the cold weather they are heaped and located near the heating mains, which are underground, but the heat from which heats the earth. Dogs lie in such places, often clinging to each other.
Sometimes they live in basements, penetrating there through unsealed openings of windows and doors. There, too, are located closer to the heat supply pipes.
The main thing for them is food. If it is in sufficient quantity, then the average Russian mongrel and long-haired breeds feel tolerable.
Dachshunds, Italian greyhounds, lapdogs and others like them, such a winter as this year most likely cannot survive even with your help, unless, of course, they are placed in their home. But all of them can not be placed there, even with great love for them. Your relatives and neighbors are unlikely to allow you to organize a shelter at home.
Hence the hard conclusion – not all pets will wait for the vernal days. The weak and the sick will die. As for the rest, my recommendations are: feeding, if there is an opportunity, arrange dog kennels, kennels, that is, shelter closer to heating mains or warm rooms, if possible.
And if it is impossible, the dog’s dwelling should be small so that their breathing at least partially warms this volume of the room. A layer of pine or spruce or cedar shavings with a thickness of at least 10 centimeters is desirable on the floor. And not so cold from the ground and the resinous smell of fleas helps, they can not stand it.
The slot in the dog’s booth is curled with two strips of tarpaulin, with a wadding layer applied to them from a blanket or patches of a plain old blanket and a stitch. It turns out a sandwich (strip of tarpaulin, a blanket flap, another strip of tarpaulin). The point is that with a strong wind, he cannot directly get into the dog kennel. And due to the vertical slot, the dog will be able to crawl there.
The inlet is made to a minimum size so that the dog can crawl on its belly into its home. She will get used to it quickly.
The average dog kennels themselves in the cheapest and most economical way are a rectangle (like a box) measuring 1 / 0.5 meters and 1 meter high.
If there are many dogs, then the dog houses can be made in the form of a barrack, several pieces long. This saves construction material. And internal partitions are not blown.
According to the box, the booths are often fenced with a net. It is pulled on poles, sometimes wickets are made, sometimes they are simply attached to the poles with a wire.
I do not know how it is done with you.
Alternatively, in a booth can be a pair of dogs. But this is depending on their breed, gender and individual compatibility. If you make a common enclosure for all dogs, then this can be fraught with bad consequences. Can and gnaw each other. Therefore, if each individual has its own kennel, then the netting of the chain-link must fence them off from each other.
In villages where owners keep dogs, dog kennels are often covered with tarpaulin outside. It is much stronger than any films that dogs can tear, like a tuzik heater, and can serve for decades.