Dog Houses

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.
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