Dogs truly are man’s best friend. One way to show your four-legged companions how much you love them is by building them a great dog house. Make sure that your dog is safe, comfortable, and happy by following these tips when building your dog house.
To figure out how much room your adult dog will need, get out a tape measure and measure your dog. Measure him standing straight up, sitting on his haunches and above all measure the full dimension of the dog when he is the most comfortable, relaxed and stretched out position he can get into.
Even if you are building your doghouse while your dog is a puppy, you will want to make sure that the shelter will be a comfortable size once your pet is full-grown. Determine what average size you expect your dog will be when they are an adult and build your dog house accordingly.
Your pooch should be able to look out the front entrance while both standing up and sitting. So he will not have to significantly lower his front shoulders or scrape his belly, make sure that the entrance is high enough.
2. Adequate ventilation is quite possibly the most important feature for your doghouse. Even if the house is the proper height and dimension for the size of your dog, inadequate ventilation will cause humidity to build up inside the shelter and it will uncomfortable for your furry friend. To compensate for this, consider using building materials like wood that will allow air to move more freely than aluminium or plastic. You can also put a few 20 cent piece holes in the walls under the eaves.
Keeping the dog house raised at least an inch from the ground will allow air and water to flow underneath.
3. Be sure to position your dog house with the doorway facing away from the direction storms and rain generally come in your area. Rain and wind will not be able to whip through the entryway then. You can also make the roof of the dog house large enough over the doorway to avoid rain coming in.
4. Ensure durability. The doghouse your pooch lives in will need to be constructed solidly enough to withstand inclement weather, as well as the playful nature of your pet for years.
5. Put hinges on the roof of the dog house.
This makes it easier for you to clean out your dogâ€™s home. You should clean the dogâ€™s house as often as you give your dog a bath.
With these 5 tips you can now make the perfect house for your pooch.