There’s always that time when your dog simply needs their space. An outside space is typically preferred for most dogs, and a well built dog house will keep them dry, safe, and secure. As well, there’s always that time when your dog gets caught out in the weather, they’ll have a safe, dry place to go until you can get them indoors. Interested in building a dog house for you beloved pet we’ve put together there are some simple rules to follow when considering what type of shelter you want to provide.
Building the Best Dog House on a Budget
- You should begin your dog house building process by making sure the house is big enough to accommodate your animal’s potential adult size. Humans enjoy having about 2 feet of air above us in a room in order to live without feeling claustrophobic. Your dog will probably also enjoy having that much room. The comfort zone for both humans and dogs is about 1/3 of their standing height.
To figure out how much room your dog will need get out a tape measure and measure your dog. Measure your dog 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. Your dog should be able to look out the front entrance while both standing up and sitting. So the dog will not have to significantly lover his front shoulders or scrape his belly make sure that entrance is high enough. Stand over the dog and measure the width of the widest point of the animal’s shoulders.
- Remember to raise the dog house several inches from the ground to allow air and water to flow underneath. To dissuade pests from invading the dog house and taking your dogs health into consideration remember how important ventilation is. Put in a few nickel-sized holes in the walls under the eaves. Install a wind block inside the house so the dog can use the heat of its own body to warm up the area if it is really cold or windy outside.
Consider adding a partial wall which will allow your dog to escape the bad weather. Your animal can choose to just sleep in the entry room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner sanctum. Your beloved pet would probably love having a pillow or some sort of bedding to sleep on.
- To avoid rain coming into the dog house make the floor just a bit slanted toward the doorway and build the roof a little bit slanted, as well. Make sure the house is well insulated but you should not paint the inside.
- In the United States most storms come from the south and west so make sure the dog house faces a different direction. Most dog house plans suggest that the dog house door faces east. The cold air will not be able to whip through the entryway then.
- It is suggested that you put hinges on the roof of the dog house. This makes it easier for you to clean out your dog’s home (you shulld clean out the dog house whenever you give your dog a bath.