DIY Tutorial – Building a Dog House

A dog is man’s best friend. Obviously, your four-legged pal needs utmost care and affection and any dog owner would subscribe to that fact. Dogs are considered family for most people and they are even treated as such. For that reason, taking care of your canines is one of the foremost responsibilities of a dog owner. One of the things dog owners must focus on is to build a comfortable resting place for a dog. However, just like you spend a lot of time and effort thinking about your abode, utmost care must be taken while when you decide to build a dog house for your dog.

Here’s a very easy way to build one.

Start with a solid foundation: Dog houses are built of wood mostly. However, any kind of wood won’t do. Start with the size of your dog and try to build a house around its size – not the size when it’s a little puppy but the actual size it’s expected to grow to. If you are using artificial wood or pre-treated wood panels, make sure that you neutralize the chemicals since some of these can be harmful for animals. Better still, avoid using artificial wood panels altogether and use a quality wood glue.

Have a plan: As it is true for most things, don’t even begin to think about how to build a dog house without a plan. Start with the base in tune with the foundations you have approximated for the dog size (make allowances and build a much bigger dog house than what you expect your dog to grow up to). Similarly, construct or prepare panels for the four edges and make sure that the insides of the panels (the interiors of the kennel) are smooth. Also think of a roof with appropriate vents for air passage. Make sure you have a proper tool set, we highly recommend having a good set of screwdrivers.

Dogs need ventilation too: Make sure that you have enough vents (even actual small sized windows in proportion to the overall size of the will do) to allow for sufficient airflow and ventilation. Proper ventilation keeps the dog house from over-heating during summers and prevents suffocation for your dog. Think innovatively and avoid stacking up a doorway. Instead, arrange a thin plastic or rubber flap to work as a door and also make it easy for your dog to step in and out of its abode.

Elevate the dog house slightly: You will not want it be to level with the ground in the porch or in the garden for a variety of reasons — during rain there could be a possibility of water flowing into the dog house that’s certainly not good for the dog. Further, it keeps the dog out of contact with the damp soil (especially if it is in the garden).

Apart from the tips above, make sure that everything element that goes into building your dog house must be dog-friendly. Also, don’t forget to customize – like building a larger back door (that can be opened by humans, but other closed solid in the back acting like the back wall) so that you can come in and clean at regular intervals, painting your dog house in attractive colors, add over-hangs to the roof.

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