Oct 31, 2016

Deciding the Location

Before you get in your dog house, not literally because it’s actually not yours, you need to decide where you’ll be placing it. A cool place away from direct sunlight is the ideal location. An additional tip would be to position it so that the door is facing east, as that will protect it from incoming stormy winds.

Size of House

Yes, you may love your dogs but that doesn’t mean you apply for a mortgage to afford a spacious house for them. In fact, even dogs don’t like houses which are too big for their liking. A house which keeps them warm, allows ease of movement and keeps their privacy intact, is all they want. If you want to be more specific with the dimensions you should go fora house that stands 9 inches taller than your dog; runs 18 inches longer in length as your dog lies down and bulks up by 12 inches more than your tummy full dog.

The Bricks 

Once the location and size of the dog house is decided, it’s time to work out the material that you will prefer for the dog house to be made of. Surveying the market you mostly will come across dog houses made of plastic or wood. Each of these materials has its own pros and cons, and it eventually comes down to your needs or should I say the needs of your canine friend.

If Plastic is Your Choice of Material

If you are running low on cash, you can do with a plastic dog house provided that you are able to convince your pet friend of your struggles. However, even though they are cheaper than their wooden counterparts, they are lighter and easier to handle and do not require much maintenance. They come in different colors and designs. If you want to look from the hygiene point of view, plastic dog houses are also easy to clean, trap less odor and you don’t have to be concerned about nesting ticks and mites. They do  tend to be inflicted with more damage under extensive sun exposure.

If it’s a Wooden Home

Wooden dog houses are classier and are more temperature stable than the plastic ones, since wood is a better insulator than plastic. Being  stronger and heavier,  wood ones offer more protection to your pet friend from the elements of nature and can resist damages more easily. However, these houses require more maintenance and they are more prone towards accommodating insect guests.

Door and the Entrance

The door of a dog house should be large enough so that your pet can easily pass through it, without having the need to push through the doorway.  Remember, it should be designed in such a way so as to minimize the heat loss. It can be centered or positioned at a corner. A cornered door provides your dog with a sense of privacy but a centered one looks better as it provides a symmetrical view. You can also have slit doors that not only ensure privacy and protection but it also helps your dog see if there  are any uninvited guests ringing his  doorbell.

Floor and the Roofing

Properly ventilated, insulated and tilted should be your target when looking at a dog house roof,  as it would prevent moisture getting trapped in hot summers and will allow water, snow and debris to run off. As for the flooring, it should be insulated and elevated from the back to maintain proper drainage and prolong its life and avoid insect infestation. 

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