Published at Saturday, May 25th 2019. by Mimi Charlot in Dog House.
Outside of a book, a dog is man's best friend. Obviously your four-legged pal needs utmost care and affection and any dog owner would subscribe to that fact. Dogs are considered family for most people and they are even treated as such. For that reason, taking care of your canines is one of the foremost responsibilities of a dog owner. One of the things dog owners must focus on is to build a comfortable resting place for a dog. However, just like you spend a lot of time and effort thinking about your abode, utmost care must be taken while when you decide to build a dog house for your dog.
If you cannot bear to see a kennel style dog house you may want to consider wooden dog houses which can double as fancy end tables. These are perfect because your pup can crawl inside comfortably without anyone ever suspecting that it is a dog house. These can be made of hardwood and adorn the colors of cherry wood red, espresso, natural, mahogany and antique black. There is a flexible door so that they can come and go as they please and they are perfect for puppies and smaller dogs. Many of these dog houses come in a variety of sizes depending on your dog's stature. The largest dimensions for the latter type of indoor dog houses are 24 inches wide, 36 inches long and 26 inches high. Depending on your budget these indoor dog houses have a pricing range of $75 to $500.
So Fido is in the back yard and it is starting to get cold outside. You need to get a dog house for him, but should you buy one or build one? There are plenty of dog homes available for purchase either online or at a pet store. However, if you are looking for quality, something that will last, you may want to do it yourself and build your own. So how do you go about finding quality dog house plans that will produce a final product that will hold up and keep your dog warm? First, you must choose the kind of dog house you may need. Do you have a small dog, a large dog, or two dogs? Do you need the dog house to be insulated or not? This may depend on where you live and how cold it gets. If you don't build an insulated house, how will you keep your doggy warm? You can use blankets, burrow beds, or can heat your dog house, but in the end it is probably best to make it insulated to help keep it cool in the summer months and warm during the bitter cold of winter.
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.
Secondly, if your doggy's house has windows the likelihood of them staying clean is almost none. Your dog's nose will be all over the window and it will be dirty in no time flat, meaning, he will no longer have a window to look out. Now for the most important reasons dog homes do not have windows. They simply do not do as good of a job keeping heat in as a solid insulated wall. Likewise, during the summer they let too much heat in and the house will no longer stay as cool as you would like. There are some things you can do to help this, particularly the placement of the dog house in your yard. You can place it near a fence, near your house, or under a large tree. This too will help.
The first tip when preparing or implementing the plans to build your dog house is to use material from licensed dealers. Purchasing wood and other requirements from licensed dealers often saves you more money in the future because the durability is guaranteed. Unlicensed dealers may offer cheaper materials but the durability is questionable. Often these materials end up becoming unsuitable for your dog house and may lead to a lot of frustration. Licensed dealers are also able to advice you on the material best for your dog house with reference to the breed and personality of your dog. They are also able to provide tips on which materials can be mixed easily to save costs and produce a durable house for your dog.
Any dog who spends a good portions of his day outdoors can benefit from a durable, insulated dog house that can withstand the wear and tear of the elements. Here is a quick overview of some of the pros and cons on different styles of dog houses and homes available and some tips for choosing one that works for you and your favorite hound.
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