Tips On Building An Outdoor Dog House
Dog houses are designed to protect your four legged companion from rain, snow, and wind.
With a dog house in your backyard you will be giving your best friend his very own home.
However if temperatures get very cold or hot, be certain your pet has use of an area with reasonable temperatures. Your dog house is not going to give protection from severe temperatures.
If you have decided to make your own dog house, then you will need to look for dog house plans.
With a blueprint for your dogs house you'll undoubtedly make the project easier.
Some things to consider before you build will be size, roof design, location, what type of dog, and sort of material to use.
Your dog house really should not be too large, but it really shouldn’t be too small either. Construct it big enough for the dog to stretch and turn around in. It’s good to know that if it is too big the dog’s body heat will be lost when temperatures are cooler.
The two most widely used dog house designs would be the gable roof as well as the sloped roof. With a sloped roof the dog can lay on top. When the dog uses the sloped roof to lie down, do not add shingles. Shingles tend to get to hot during the summer, so painted plywood will be more suitable.
When designing your own dog house, make sure you have easy entry to the inside. This will make it much easier to clean. If it is big you will have enough access, however, if it’s small, adding hinges to one of the side walls may possibly prove to be wise.
Be sure you build it off the ground. This keeps the canine out of contact with wet soil. It also keeps the wood from rotting and extends the life of the doghouse you worked so hard to build.
Pressure-treated wood is fantastic at standing up to dampness and rot because it's impregnated with arsenic and heavy metals. It's therefore best (as these are poisonous to pets and people) to avoid using it for the floor, walls or other parts of the dog house that will come into contact with your furry friend.