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Tips on Dog Housing 



Probably the most important features of a dog house is that it be the correct size for your dog. 


If the house is not big enough, it'll be uncomfortable and your pet won't want to stay inside it. If the house is too big, it'll be more difficult for your dog to maintain body heat so as to stay comfortable and warm. Additionally, canines feel safer in a snug-fitting house.  


So, I hear you ask: how can you figure out the correct size for a dog house?  


Well, there are certainly multiple answers to that relatively simple question, dependent upon whom you ask. The "normal" response is that a dog house must be big enough to allow the dog to stand up, turnaround and lie down easily indoors. This principle is backed up by The Humane Society of the United States in addition to a variety of other animal organizations.  


Research is still the best way to fully answer this question. Check out with control center, a number of pet clinics, along with a dog trainer at a pet boarding center. They all have concrete ideas and specific guideline for properly sizing up a dog house. You'll also come across a number of websites for vets, humane societies, and dog house suppliers using this "stand up, turn around and lie down comfortably" principle.  


There's only one issue with this principle: it presumes you can bodily test out the dog house with your pet. If you are purchasing a dog house online, you'll have difficulties with this one. 

Dog House Sizing Information  


The good news is there are a variety of sizing formulas for figuring out the suggested dimensions of a dog house given the size of your pet. However, since there is no single "golden rule" sizing formula, you need to choose which formula or variance of a formula matches your needs. As you will see, the formulations are all comparable but a bit different. 


Some dog house suppliers offer sizing formulas for their specific items. In cases like this, it's a straightforward case to identify a dog house that suits. If the vendor doesn't offer decent sizing guidance or you're intending to build a dog house on your own, then your work is a bit more involved. 


Tips for Building a Dog House  


The dimension of your dog’s house is extremely important. This has been reiterated throughout this eBook. With regards to our own homes, most people tend to think that bigger is better. But folks also have way to heat their homes, which isn’t the situation for a dog house. If you build one that’s too big, your dog’s body heat won’t be enough to stay warm inside.  


Off the Ground  


It’s vital that you create a basic foundation to elevate the dog house off the ground a few inches. Even basic concrete blocks are sufficient to do this trick. This achieves a couple of essential things. First, it'll keep your dog from direct contact with the ground, particularly significant during winter weather. Second, it'll permit water runoff, preventing rain from flooding the dog house. And much better air flow will help keep the dog house dry, thus avoiding the wood from rotting.  




The climate where you reside will determine just how much work you will have to do to weather resistant your dog house. For instance, a slanted or peaked roof prevents snow from amassing; however, if you live in a perpetual summer climate, this isn't always a concern. 

Rain, cold and wind must be considered. Use roof felt or shingles to protect the roof. Incorporate a flap and/or an overhang for the door so that the elements out. If you get a lot of rain, use a waterproofing agent on the wood of the dog house. And needless to say, ensure there are tight seams everywhere so the dog house doesn't leak.  


Must be Warmed-Up  


You want your pet to be comfy in his house, meaning making sure it’s cozy and warm. There’s more that you can do to make sure comfort and warmth other than weather proofing. Put some bedding that your dog will relish. You may use a regular dog bed or blankets, although these may not operate well to climate conditions.  


Other choices may be both cheaper and more long lasting, like car mats, scraps of carpet or plastic carpet runners. For a more outdoorsy vibe, you can cover the floor of the house with hay or cedar chips, which may be cleaned out and swapped out easily and at any moment. If you reside in a particularly freezing climate, you may look at a heating light bulb and insulation, as long as they are set up properly.  


Keeping it Cool  


Maintaining your dog house cool in warm weather is equally as essential as keeping it warm in cold weather. Keep in mind that the house itself doesn't provide enough respite from the heat. Placing the house in a shady spot is the simplest step you'll be able to take to keep it cool. In summer, you can set-up a small kiddy pool near the dog house so your pet can take a dip to cool off. When you’re building the house, add some ventilation to let air flow. You may also drill small holes in the walls underneath the roof.  




Making your dog house transportable will go quite a distance keeping in mind it as safe and comfortable as possible constantly, specifically if you live in a place where the climate deviates a good deal all year round. Mobility will help you to adjust your dog house’s location based on sunlight, shade, and the angles of your yard. 



After you’ve finished constructing your dog house, scrutinize it very carefully for any safety dangers. Ensure there are no exposed nail points or other sharp surfaces that can injure your dog. Make certain that structure of the dog house is sound and look for anything that could result in harm. Above all, remember that as safe, sound, comfortable and weather proofed as you may have made your dog house, it's not as safe, sound, comfortable or weather proof as your house, so don’t leave your pet alone outside in the dog house for long durations.  


Family Affair  


For those who have a family, consider making the constructing of your dog house a household project. Presumptively, your dog is a family dog, so its house must be a family dog house. Designate tasks to everyone according to their personal skill levels and safety needs.  


Creativity and Fun  


After the dog house is all built, it’s time to paint it and spruce it up, if you want to. You’re not limited by any means with regards to decoration. You can keep things easy and paint your dog house to fit your own house, or you can be more imaginative and go wild painting the dog house. While you're at it, make sure to have fun! 


How to Get Your Pooch to Enjoy His Dog House  


So you're feeling all proud about yourself because you built your pet a dog house from scratch. Alas, that pride quickly disappears once it becomes obvious that your dog wants absolutely nothing to do with the dog house. Bummer. So, what can you do in this situation?  


This is a situation that occurs more often than not with new dog houses. If it's any consolation, don't feel bad because you're not alone. And, more to the point, there are a few things that you can do. 

Understand that some canines are more inclined to use a dog house than others due to their upbringing. For instance, dogs that were whelped and raised by their mom in a dog house are patterned to it from the first day and are consequently quite at ease with living in a dog house. To such dogs, their house is their home and it symbolizes security and happy times with mom.  


This is not to say that a dog house-raised pet will easily adopt a new dog house but it will be a less difficult task to get him to accept the new house than a pet that has never used a dog house.  


There is also anecdotal evidence to service the thought that certain breeds take more naturally to a dog house as opposed to others.  


Tips for Getting your Dog to Love His Dog House  


Don't make your dog feel like he's being banned from your house. Probably the worst action to take with a new dog house is to place it in a remote area of the yard that's away from the familiar scents, scenery, and sounds to which your dog has become familiar. At least at first, give some consideration to putting the dog house better the area where his humans are coming and going.  


Timing is important. Picking an appropriate time of the year to put your pet outside will also be important. If you have been keeping your pet indoors and then all of a sudden count on him to happily accept being jammed outside by himself in the dead of winter, don't you think there is just a little testing his limits here? Dogs need time to develop a tolerance for heat or cold so you're asking for problems if you attempt to quickly alter the ambient temperature of their living environment.  


Give your pet time to adapt to the new house. Keep your expectations reasonable. If you've been keeping the dog indoors at night, don't expect it to easily accept sleeping outside in a strange enclosure. If your pet is already an outdoors dog but hasn't used a dog house, or has an existing dog house that you want to replace, it'll probably take time and persuasion to get him to use the new house. 

Make the house intro a good experience. When you first expose your dog to the house, spend some quality time with him. Maybe sit beside the house for a couple of hours with your pooch. If the house is large enough, you can even crawl into it yourself. The dog will be curious by this funny looking new object that his human appears to like a lot. Also try using doggie snacks and familiar objects to entice the dog inside the house.  


Make sure the house suits the dog. If your dog house is too large, it's not going to feel like a cozy den to your dog. In addition, if the house is not warmed up, the dog must be able to heat the inside of the house with his own body heat. An excessively large house beats the purpose. Needless to say, if the house is not big enough for your pet to fit comfortably inside, that induces problems, too.



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