If your dog enjoys the outdoors, it is high time for you to consider buying your beloved pet its own dog house. A proper dog house is your pet’s second home, and it should be extremely comfortable and can accommodate different seasons. It should be warm during winters, cool during summers, dry at all time.
Choosing the perfect dwelling for your dog can be a tedious task. What should you be looking for in a dog house? In this article, I will give you some tips on how to choose the right dog house for your fluffy and cuddly friend.
If you are looking for the right dog house for your canine friend, you need to take into consideration the following:
- Size of your dog
- Weather in your location
- Part of the house where the dog house will be placed
Now that you know which things and factors to consider, we should now be ready in finding the dog house that is perfect for your pet. Dog houses come in many different styles and sizes, and here are some of the key factors in buying or building a dog house.
Material for the Dog House
In finding the right materials for your dog house, it should be durable and withstand wear and tear. Some of the materials used in constructing a dog house are wood, plastic and metal.
- Wood is the most common material used for dog houses, and it tends to be more substantial. It is also a better insulator so your dog won’t feel too much heat or cold inside the house. However, ticks and fleas can be a problem when your dog lives in a wooden dog house, but this can resolved by buying a cedar wood house or adding cedar shavings for the bedding.
- Plastic can be very durable as a base material for dog houses. It is far lighter than wood, but it doesn’t absorb odors effectively like the way wood does. The good thing is that plastic dog houses are easy to clean by using soap and water. Best of all, plastic houses don’t have pores for fleas and ticks to habitate in.
- Metal is also another material that can be used for dog houses. This material is best used when transporting dogs from one place to another.
Choosing the right size of your dog house depends on your dog’s size. It should be big and wide enough for your dog to turn around, lie down, and lay completely stretched out inside.
Making your dog house bigger doesn’t mean that it is better, though. Most dogs like small spaces because it makes them feel more secure.
The type of roof that you decide on is both for function and design. When looking for the best type of roof, you need to know the basic roof styles and materials used for dog house roofing.
- The classic pitched roof creates extra space for heat during cooler seasons, and it allows for an inner ceiling to make it snugger. It would be best to make the roof detachable so that you can remove the roof if you don’t plan on making the dog house warm inside.
- A single panel roof provides a more compact design for the dog house, and it is a good insulator during cold weather.
Regardless of which type of roof you choose for the dog house, the best thing is to make it as convenient for you as possible. Make sure that the roof is removable so it can be easily cleaned. Also, a detachable roof makes your dog house easily adaptable to the weather.
A quality dog house should have raised floors to keep the water outside from getting into the house interior. Floors should be set slightly higher at the rear of the dog house than they are at the front to allow better drainage, should water get in.
Do’s and Don’ts in Choosing a Dog House
Now that you know what to look for in a dog house, let us now discuss some tips of the trade when building and selling dog houses. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to dog houses:
- Do build a dog house that is perfect for your dog’s size. When building a dog house, measure the height and length of the dog to customize the dog house according to its measurements.
- Do provide the best materials when building a dog house. When looking to purchase one, find the most durable dog house to make sure it won’t be much of a waste of money.
- Do use beddings made of cedar shavings or foam pads that are moisture-proof and where fleas won’t be able to penetrate.
- Do install and look for dog houses with built-in door barriers that can keep your dog warm during the cold season.
- Don’t leave doors closed during hot months. You can either remove the roof or leave the door open to increase the ventilation.
- Don’t use carpet, towels or blankets as your dog’s bedding, because the moisture will trap heat and attract fleas, ticks and fungus, which in turn may cause tick-borne diseases.
- Don’t overspend on accessories and add-ons that are of no use. As much as we love to decorate the dog house, it is not cost-efficient to buy unnecessary items because this might just crowd the interior of the dog house.
- Don’t place the dog house directly in sunlight and where there’s too much moisture on the ground. This is especially true during excessive cold climate.
Choosing the right house for your dog is easy when you make an informed choice. What do you want for the dog house? Share your preferences and experiences by commenting below.