Frequently Asked Dog House Questions
What features best suit my geographic location?
If you live where it can be cold and wet, insulated and waterproof dog houses should be a priority. For bitter temperatures, a heated dog bed or dog mat can be a lifesaver.
If you live where it can be brutally hot and humid, ventilation and shade are the priority features. Some houses even feature air conditioning for ultimate canine comfort. Specialty beds and dog blankets are available to keep your pet cool and comfortable, as well.
What size should it be?
Your dog should have plenty of room to turn around, lay down and stretch out, but not so much that they are unable to keep warm in cooler temperatures. Dogs prefer cozy, den-like spaces to open mansions, anyway.
What is available commercially?
Houses are made of plastic, wood, steel and more. Many are available completely finished, some unfinished, completely assembled or assembly required. What you buy depends on your climate (see above) and your mechanical ability.
What do I do if my dog won’t go into the dog house?
Try bribing your pet by leaving his favorite dog treats and dog toys in the house. Also use it as his feeding station, and he will soon associate the dog house with all that is good in a dog’s world!