Published at Thursday, 23 May 2019. Dog House. By Lucile Mouton.
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.
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.
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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