Published at Friday, 24 May 2019. Dog House. By Fauna Godard.
My two have their own crates in our laundry room where they sleep at night and where we can put them if we are going out. It is also very handy to be able to confine them if they are becoming nuisance, such as at dinner time or when we are entertaining. No matter which type of enclosure you select, keep in mind that all dogs like to have that feeling of being secure in a den type atmosphere, in other words, they like being cozy. It's a good idea to have their food and water available in the same area as their dog house. In this way everything is confined and your dog will know it's limits. You can also have all their toys, special blankets and other dog related items right there as well. Since my dogs are actually in a room, I can use a child gate across the opening to lock them in, but they still have that open feeling. This is very handy when I go out or want to put them in ”time out” for being bad.
Should you find free plans to build your house for your dog? This might sound like a good option at first, but I would probably discourage this. Why? The quality of the plans may not be as good. Also, you are investing in materials and you want something that will result in a home for your dog that will last and that you can be proud of. How large of a home should I build for my dog? This all depends on the size of your dog. It also depends on if it is insulated or not. If it isn't insulated, you don't want to make the house much bigger than your dog. This way the natural heat from your dog will more likely be retained. Even if it is insulated, you don't want to make the dog house too large, instead you want it to be big enough, but still cozy.
Portable or Fabric Dog Homes. If you are often on the go and need a place to keep your dog while out and about, you will want to look into a portable dog house. These structures resemble a dog crate or a dog tent. If you have a young dog or a chewer or digger, the plastic dog crate house may stand up better than the fabric varieties. A fabric or foldable dog tent or dog dwelling works well for the more mature dog. These portable structures are very lightweight and can be used to protect your dog in temporary outdoor situations, during vacations, camping trips, etc.
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