Dog Houses. Friday , February 09th , 2018 - 12:23:34 PM
When you think about it, a dogs house is more or less the equivalent of a dog crate, which is more or less the equivalent of a dogs den. If you have trained you dog in a crate from the time he was a puppy then transitioning your dog to use an outside dog house will be a lot easier. Hell already be den oriented. But because his new digs will be outside, youll want to spend a bit of time taking steps to review these things: his size, age and appearance, climate, how much will be spent outside, and his outdoor habits.
Finally, if you live in an area of extreme hot or cold, you may consider a heated or airconditioned house for your dog, but I would recommend checking with your vet first. You should also provide bedding inside your dogs house. Old towels, blankets, or sheets make good bedding. In wintertime, put a thick folded layer down for insulation from the cold ground, then put more bedding on top. In summertime, put just enough bedding in so your dog can choose to lie on the cool floor of his dog house or on the bedding.
So for your dog to be happy, pick a dog house that is big enough for your dog to stand up and turn around in, but not much bigger than that because your dogs body heat helps warm up the dog house in the winter. For small dogs and dogs from warmer climates, look for insulated or doublewalled dog houses. Insulated dog houses stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer, just like human houses. If you get a lot of wind, you may want to add a door, which are available for most dog houses.
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