Use your dog's weight, height and size to purchase a suitable dog house. Ideally, the house needs to be big enough for your pet to turn around and stretch out in, without his body touching the sides. A dog house will shelter your dog from the harsh environment, so remember a bigger house won't provide shelter during winter when he needs to conserve body heat.
There are many dog houses available online, ranging in price from $60 to $800, or you can construct one from a do-it-yourself home kit. Dog houses are most commonly constructed from woods like plywood or cedar, or plastic. Portable tent-houses are also offered in weatherproof nylon.
Dog house tips:
- Place your dog's house far enough away from fences to prevent escape.
- During summer place in the shade.
- During winter position the door away from the wind.
- In extreme cold bring your dog inside to prevent hypothermia.
- Clean any bedding regularly to prevent fleas.
- Use moisture and flea-proof bedding like cedar shavings or dense foam.
- Avoid plastic houses - they are too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer.
- Wood doghouses are cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
- Install a door barrier during winter.
- Place a piece of carpet over the doorway in the winter for wind protection.
- Raise the house off the ground for better temperature control, drainage and protection against fleas.
- The roof should be slanted for drainage.
- The roof should be hinged for easy cleaning and spraying.