Published at Friday, 24 May 2019. Dog House. By Maree Richard.
Have a plan: As it is true for most things, don't even begin to think about how to build a dog house without a plan. Start with the base in tune with the foundations you have approximated for the dog size (make allowances and build a much bigger dog house than what you expect your dog to grow up to). Similarly, construct or prepare panels for the four edges and make sure that the insides of the panels (the interiors of the kennel) are smooth. Also think of a roof with appropriate vents for air passage.
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.
If you have a canine that is 20 pounds or less, then your pet would fall into the small category. Beyond that weight you would jump into the medium and then large variety. Of course, if your small Dachshund weighs in at 30 pounds, you have a much different problem. At the moment I have two pets that qualify for this small designation, so I can relate to how you feel about your little friend. The little dogs tend to be underfoot more than large dogs and are often hard to see when on the floor. This becomes a big issue for older people or people that have vision difficulties.
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