We tested the G1™ against two other options (a leading aluminum kennel and a single-wall rotomolded crate) and the results showed that dogs in the GUNNER consistently stayed warmer when in sub-zero conditions than the other crates:
In below freezing temperatures, these differences can make a significant impact on your dog’s wellbeing. One of our engineers and R&D team members, Coleman, spearheaded this test and says there were two main components of this test:
See below for more FAQs about the testing and results. We also put the GUNNER against competitors in hot temps and received similarly impressive results. View those results here.
With airflow strongly reduced by the CWD and AWK, the kennel’s double walled structure is able to hold on to a large portion of the dog’s body heat without letting it escape. A single walled kennel, made of any material, provides an easier path for heat to get out of the kennel, even if it’s covered with a weather cover.
To simulate the effects of a dog being in the kennel, we placed a bucket of around 15 liters of water in each kennel, which has a similar heat transfer rate to that of a dog’s body. We evaluated how much energy it took to keep the water heated to a dog’s body temperature in each kennel setup to get an estimate of how much energy a dog would expend keeping warm.
We hired a third-party lab to simulate windy, sub-zero weather conditions and measure the temperatures of various locations on several kennels. The results showed that the GUNNER kennel consistently stayed warmer than other brands when comparing both uncovered setups and covered setups, and also required less energy consumption by the dog to stay warm.
These results are a measure of the average temperature over the entire course of the test. We used the average because it’s a better representation of the entire thermal load a dog would experience while inside a kennel.
Not only would a foam in-fill seriously harm the crash test performance of the kennel, the difference in temperature from the insulative improvements would be mostly offset by the open air flow through the kennel windows.
The All-Weather Kit 2.0 is great for keeping rain and other elements out of the kennel, but it won’t do much to keep the kennel warm unless it’s used in tandem with the Cold Weather Door Cover.
Read More: We also put the GUNNER against competitors in hot temps and received similarly impressive results. View those results here.
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