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Things to Keep in Mind when Building a Doghouse

We all want what is best for our pets and when it comes to our dogs, we are particularly sensitive and we want to provide the best possible life for them. A big part of this is the place where they will live. If it is a smaller dog that is comfortable living indoors, setting aside an area for it is enough. However, it is an outside dog, you need to provide a shelter for it and the best shelter is the doghouse.


We will not be getting into the step-by-step process of building a doghouse here, however. Instead, we will provide you with a list of things that you should keep in mind before you get on with building your best friend his or her new house.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the designs

Most people believe that a doghouse is just a roof and four walls. And while many doghouses really don’t feature much more than this, there are also doghouses which are more elaborate and provide the dog with more. For instance, many people include an outside covered area in front of the house, without the walls, but covered with roof. This is perfect for sunny or rainy days when the dog might want to be outside but still remain protected from the elements. Some people also build doghouses with decks on the roof, which are perfect for the more active and protective breeds of dog who like to be on watch.

  1. Make sure you have the right tools

Building a doghouse may not be much of a building project, especially when you compare it to some other construction projects, but it still a serious job and for such a job, you need serious tools. There is nothing more annoying and time-wasting than getting half way through a construction job only to find out that you are missing a vital tool. Always make sure that you have everything you will need before you start working on your doghouse.

  1. Include the family

One of the best things about building a doghouse is that you can make it a family project that will bring the entire family together in doing something for another member of the family. Children will love the fact that they helped build their doggie’s new house. There will always be a few smaller jobs that the kids will be capable of doing and that will not pose any risk to their health and safety. For instance, you can have them paint the roof or clean up afterwards.

  1. Be careful about materials

There are quite a few things that you have to keep in mind when choosing the materials for your dog house. For instance, if you thought of using pressure-treated wood, think again. The process of making this type of wood involves chemicals that can be toxic for the dog. Also, when you are painting the dog house, always check with professional painting guys about paints that will not be potentially toxic for the dog.

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