Choosing the Right Dog House
If your dog isn’t allowed to join you in your house, a proper dog house is a must for his health and well-being. Warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and dry at all times, selecting the perfect dwelling takes thought and planning.
Most importantly, your pet must be able to comfortably fit in the dog house. All the features in the world will do him no good if he can’t fit in it! He should be able to stand, turn around and lie down easily.
The best material for dog houses is wood. Metal and plastic absorb heat and cold, fluctuating with the weather and providing a less-than-perfect environment in extreme weather conditions. When using wood, make sure it is not pressure treated and be wary of any toxic substances, such as paint and stain. A good rule of thumb is that if it is safe for kids, it is safe for your dog. It is also important to eliminate any sharp edges on the house and to make sure the hardware is well concealed to minimize the chances of a trip to the vet.
Some luxury details are more practical than indulgent, such as an elevated floor, which will help control parasites and reduce the chances of flooding. Also, a weather flap helps to break the wind and blowing rain. A hinged roof makes clean-up a snap for the owner, and operable windows can add comfort and ventilation during summer months.
So when shopping for a dog house, remember that one size doesn’t fit all, safety comes first and it’s okay to splurge for what really matters!
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