Published at Saturday, May 25th 2019. by Orville Pouliquen in Dog House.
Any dog who spends a good portions of his day outdoors can benefit from a durable, insulated dog house that can withstand the wear and tear of the elements. Here is a quick overview of some of the pros and cons on different styles of dog houses and homes available and some tips for choosing one that works for you and your favorite hound.
Start with a solid foundation: Dog houses are built of wood mostly. However, any kind of wood won't do. Start with the size of your dog and try to build a house around it's size – not the size when it's a little puppy but the actual size it's expected to grow to. If you are using artificial wood or pre-treated wood panels, make sure that you neutralize the chemicals since some of these can be harmful for animals. Better still, avoid using artificial wood panels altogether.
Dog houses are now not just a matter of shelter for dogs. Today, equal importance, if not more, is given to beautifully designed dog houses which add an extra charm and beauty to the landscape of the owner's house. Hence, new attractive designs emerge regularly, reflecting our evolving choices. T.J Designs, Ash Custom Wood, All Dog Houses, Pet Street Mall, La Petite Maison, Lilliput Play Homes, Petsmart, Petmate, Post Modern Pets, Improvements, Solid Cedar Dog Houses, and Orvis are some companies which provide amazing variety of designs among dog houses.
Saint Bernards are large dogs that are friendly and smart. Because these dogs are so social, you will probably want to keep them in the house with the family most of time. However, there will be times when you might like to leave your dog outdoors for a few hours at a time to bask in the fresh air and sunshine. Even on a sunny day, your dog should have a shelter where it can take refuge from the hot sun or sudden rain showers. A large dog like a Saint Bernard needs a shelter that suits is size. These intelligent and affectionate dogs love to spend time with their owners and they are capable of learning plenty of tricks to keep you entertained.
Dogs need ventilation too: Make sure that you have enough vents (even actual small sized windows in proportion to the overall size of the will do) to allow for sufficient airflow and ventilation. Proper ventilation keeps the dog house from over-heating during summers and prevents suffocation for your dog. Think innovatively and avoid stacking up a doorway. Instead, arrange a thin plastic or rubber flap to work as a door and also make it easy for your dog to step in and out of its abode.
The next important consideration is climate. If you live in a very hot place, get a dog house that is well ventilated. Some manufactures offer raised dog houses to allow for an even greater air flow around and through the dog house. Alternatively, if the heat is really bad, you can even purchase dog houses with air conditioning. If you choose to go this route, be sure that it has a door with a good seal to help keep the electricity bills down. If you are more concerned about snow than heat waves, choose a dog house that is waterproof and well insulated. As a bonus for your pet, you can purchase a heated pet bed.
There are various factors to look into while buying outdoor dog houses, the most important being the size of your dog. The pet house shouldn't be too big or too small. It should be just right to accommodate your dog inside. There should be just sufficient room for your dog to stand up, lie down and stretch. If you own more than one dog, you could go in for a duplex style house with more than one entryway. If you want something more than an ordinary looking house for your dog, you can buy with windows and shingles and even paint it to match the exteriors of your house. Dog houses even come in different architectural designs and styles.
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