Best Dog Houses to Build This Summer

black & white cocker spaniel laying in front of red dog house

Dogs love being outdoors, but when the weather is hot and you’re out sunbathing, their fur coat makes them too hot and they’ll search for somewhere cool and shady to lie down. Ensuring your furry friend has a comfortable and safe place to retreat to during these times is essential for their health and well-being.

cartoon snoopy on his red dog houseWhy a Dog House?

An outdoor dog house or ‘kennel’ is the ideal place for a dog to cool down and relax when all that running around gets too much. Not only that, but they’re great for house training in the summer. Both owner and dog can relax in the garden, and whenever the dog does his business, he is rewarded and learns from the experience. An effortless investment! Dog houses are typically wooden structures in the shape of small houses with a large entrance, and although there is a vast array of designs available for any canine, this stereotypical ‘Snoopy’ style dog house remains prevalent.

Even ancient Egyptian nobility kept their dogs in kennels, highlighting their long-standing history and utility. They are still in high production today, catering to various tastes and needs. Some dog houses are designed to complement their surroundings. For example, if you live in a log cabin-style house, you can buy a log cabin-style dog house to match! This aesthetic harmony not only looks great but also provides your dog with a cozy and familiar environment.


Building Products for Dog Houses

Dog houses are not limited to being permanent structures. There has been a dramatic rise in plastic houses that can be collapsed and transported, including a pop-up doggy tent or an igloo-style cabin with an external water bowl. The list is endless. In fact, there is almost no limit. Whatever the size, shape, or need of your dog, there is guaranteed to be a kennel made of each material to fit the bill.

However, wood is the most desirable material used in the crafting of dog houses due to its natural insulation, durability, and availability. Red cedar wood is often used in making dog houses as its own resins protect the wood from precipitation damage (rotting and mold) and repel insects such as fleas, ticks, and mites. Such structures are also often specially treated to give the wood extra protection against extreme elements, ensuring they last longer. Additionally, cedar wood has low temperature conducting properties, meaning that it doesn’t lose or gain heat easily and will keep a dog cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

For the winter months, modern dog kennels can be insulated, particularly in the roof if it is peaked, and some are fitted with a self-closing door to keep in the heat. Often, these doors have a UV ray filter and are removable. Also, a kennel that is raised above the ground is further away from damp and insects, keeping a pet dry and safe whatever the weather. Many houses are fitted with a porch and awning so that the pooch can relax while watching whatever is going on outside his kennel. This added feature provides a shaded area during hot days and a sheltered spot during rain or snow.

Dog House Safety

Dachshund in a fancy white dog house with a weimaraner laying next to it

While dog houses are fantastic for providing a comfortable outdoor space for your pet, it’s important to ensure they are used safely. Dogs should not be left in their dog house for extended periods, especially in extreme weather conditions. High temperatures can lead to heatstroke, while cold temperatures can cause hypothermia. Make sure the dog house is well-ventilated in the summer and properly insulated in the winter. Always provide fresh water, and check on your dog frequently to ensure they are comfortable.


When choosing a dog house, it’s important to consider the size and breed of your dog. Larger breeds will require more spacious kennels, while smaller breeds may prefer a cozier space. The placement of the dog house in your yard is also crucial. Ensure it’s in a shaded area during peak sun hours to avoid overheating. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning and checking for damage, will also prolong the life of the dog house and keep it a safe environment for your pet.

Additional Considerations

very fancy 2 story dog house with clay shingle roof & black dog in front

Dogs adore the outdoors and they could explore for hours, but at the end of the day, the little guys need their rest, and what better way to relax than in their own perfectly sized canine palace! Providing your dog with a well-designed and comfortable outdoor kennel not only benefits their health but also enhances their overall outdoor experience. So, invest in a good quality dog house, and watch your furry friend enjoy their time outside to the fullest. Always remember, though, that a dog house should be a complement to their indoor life, not a substitute for your company and care.


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