No matter the breed, all dogs need to spend time indoors with the family to make sure they are well-adjusted, safe and happy. However, when it is time for your dog to spend some time out in the yard, having a doghouse for him or her is a gesture that is most certainly appreciated. A dog house provides a way for your precious pooch to stay out of the elements. Whether it be wind, rain or sun, a dog house will help keep your dog protected.
There are many different types of doghouses to choose from. When it comes to which one is right for your dog, the climate you live in is the biggest determining factor. A dog house that has an elevated floor will keep water out, and keeps cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. When the dog house has a door that is off-center, this allows less wind, snow and rain to get inside.
The main function of a dog house is to be dry and stay that way. Nothing can stop your dog from tracking in water on a rainy day, but this shouldn’t be a particular concern. First of all, the dog house should be waterproof of course. In addition to this, there should be a way that the dog house can be stopped from becoming too humid inside. For example, dog houses made with wood breathe naturally. Having a dog house with a cloth or canvas flap door will allow fresh air to flow freely in and out.
When selecting a dog house, be sure to choose one that is large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around. Pay attention to the height of the dog house, as opposed to the weight ratings. Experts suggest that if you draw a shape that is 3 inches larger than your dog on all sides, this is probably the perfect size for the inside of his house. This is because your dog’s body will be providing the heat for the house. If the house is too large, this can’t happen and your dog will get cold.
When it comes to style, you can choose from the most simple to the most ornate. The difference basically comes down to how much you are willing to pay for a little luxury. Dog houses may be made out of wood, aluminum, steel, plastic or a combination of these. Although most dog houses are designed to be stationary objects, there are dog houses that are portable as well.
Now that you have an idea of what type of dog house is right for your special friend, you just need to decide where to put it. In hot climates, the dog house should be placed in the shade. If the dog house is exposed to direct sunlight, temperatures inside it may reach over 100 degrees. It could become just like a car left in the parking lot with its windows rolled up. To protect your dog in the wintertime, be sure to face the door or opening in the opposite direction of the prevailing winter winds. And there you have it! You have provided your dog with a cozy haven in the great outdoors.
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