Published at Tuesday, 21 May 2019. Dog House. By Lucile Mouton.
Dogs are furry creatures but this doesn't mean that they are exempt from buckling from extreme cold or panting from extreme heat. There are particular breeds that can't endure temperature at very low degrees. Their bodily systems may collapse during extreme cold which may cause them to die from hypothermia. Severe heat can also harm dogs. Like humans, they can suffer from heat stroke and may die from extreme heat. If your pet has to remain outside, you need an insulated dog house to make your pet safe from the cold of the winter, the heat of the summer, and other harmful elements.
Apart from the tips above, make sure that everything element that goes into building your dog house must be dog-friendly. Also, don't forget to customize – like building a larger back door (that can be opened by humans, but other closed solid in the back acting like the back wall) so that you can come in and clean at regular intervals, painting your dog house in attractive colours, add over-hangs to the roof, etc.
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.
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