Published at Friday, May 24th 2019. by Francois Mayer in Dog House.
What are the features I must look for when I buy dog houses? You must pick the right size that suits your dog. The entrance of the kennel must be a little larger than the dog's back. But, at the same time, you must see to it that the entrance is not very big; in that case, the protection from elements offered would be inadequate. The highest point in the shed should be, at the most, 25% taller than your dog in the standing posture. Look out for proper insulation in the dog houses. This will help your dog feel comfortable even on a chilly winter night. Moreover, the shed must be able to keep away not only snow and gale, but also insects and pests. Consider buying a cedar wood house for your dog. Cedar is a natural insulator and rot-resistant. It helps you keep away from termites effectively. You must also ensure that the house you buy for your dog can be cleaned with ease.
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.
Building Your Own Dog House. As a final consideration, if you are particularly handy with tools, consider building the dog house yourself. A number of basic plans are available on the internet for you to choose from. Keep in mind, however, that depending how competent you are with woodwork, this may turn out to be a more expensive option. Additionally, ensure that the dog house you've made is stable and will withstand the elements before putting your dog in it for the night.
What is the price range for the dog houses? Well, the prices vary a lot, based on your requirements and the features of the houses. You get them at a price as low as $75 and even as high as $5000. If you want a simple and plain one, you can get one for fewer than 100 dollars. However, if you want the best material possible and every feature to the advantage of your pet, the prices are towards the higher side of the scale.
I have to admit I am a do it yourself freak. I like to build just about everything from sheds to dog houses, to platform beds. On my latest project of building a dog house, I had to ask myself the question, should I have windows in the dog house I am building? Sheds have windows, real houses have windows, but do dog houses need windows? I started to scour the internet looking for some reliable dog house plans. I also did some research to find out why most houses for dogs don't have windows. Here is what I came up with. First off, even dogs like looking out the window when they are inside your house, most of the time, which is because they want to go outside to chase a bird or a squirrel. Or maybe they just want to go outside and sniff around. If they are in a doggy house, they can simply leave the house and enter the yard without you letting them out.
Of course you can use your dog door as a window for your dog's home. These plastic, clear doors will help keep the elements out and will give your dog a place to look out if he wants to. If you are building your own house for your dog, I recommend you build an insulated dog house that is easy to clean. I would have either the roof or one of the walls open so you can easily clean your dog's home every so often. You might also want to invest in a burrow bed during the winter months or add a heater to keep your dog plenty warm.
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.
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