I use straw and mix in cedar chips for bug control and they make the hounds smell like cedar, a bit more pleasant. I have covered kennels that stay dry so the mildew from the moisture is not an issue. There has been growing popularity with the pine straw, the people I have heard using it likes it real well.
I use cedar chips as a light base then straw over the top. i've used straw forever I guess its b/c thats what my grandad and great uncles always used. but added the cedar to help with the smell and fleas. I love it but just dont feel that it insulates as well in the winter so i add straw when it gets cold.
I'll NEVER use straw again! I used it years ago. If it gets wet and it will, it will give the dogs skin problems and mange. If your gonna use something like that use a little hay. I've never used the cedar chips cause they were to high. My dog pens are out of the wind pretty good and I don't put a thing in thier dog houses unless it's supposed to get really cold, then I use a little hay. Dogs are tough and as long as they are out of the wind they will do fine. If it gets cold though I usually will put some hay in there for them. I wouldn't reccomend straw at all.
thank goodness, ive been using cedar chips for my pups and it makes em smell good..i got worried when i heard somewhere that cedar messed with their scenting/tracking ability..but looks like several here use it. makes me feel alot better.
I like wheat straw it's hollow it keeps the dog's warmer than hay and its hypoallergenic.
You half to go in their dog house's with your bare hands and see whats wet. some dogs like to urinate in their house for some strange reason.