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Dog Houses - How To Find The Right One For You

Dec 15, 2007
When it's time to select the right dog houses for your family pets there are a lot of things to take into account. The fact that you are purchasing dog houses means you are going to leave your dogs outside some or all of the time. Depending on where you live this can mean you need very different styles of dog houses.

If you live in an area where the temperature really drops in the winter, you either need to bring your dog in, or offer a very well insulated dog house where they can keep warm. Read up on the dog houses you are considering to see what kind of insulation it has and how cold it's rated to go to. You may also want to look into giving your dog a heated bed for inside that dog house. You do not want to use a human heating pad, as they are not the right temperature for a canine, but there are a number of pet heating pads out there that will keep your dog warm and cozy while its cold outside.

If you are in a warmer climate, you don't want your dog to overheat. You need to look for a doghouse that can let the air go through, so it doesn't feel like a doggy sauna. If you would prefer an enclosed dog house, they do have some with air conditioning that you can use to keep your pet cool and comfortable, even on the hottest days. You can also help keep the dog houses a little cooler by placing them under a tree.

Next, how big should your dog houses be? This is going to, in part, depend on your dogs. At the least your dog should have enough space to turn around inside their dog house and stretch out comfortably. If you want to go all out, there are plenty of fancy dog houses that have two floors, and a number of amenities for your pampered pooch.

Now you have to decide what kind of material it should be made of. Dog houses are made of almost any kind of material on the market from wood to steel, plastic and even PVC. If your dog has a habit of chewing on certain types of materials, you will know what kinds of dog houses to avoid.

Do you want a dog house ready to go, or do you want to take a little part in the process? If you want your dog house to have a little bit of a personal touch before it goes in the backyard, you may want to purchase an unfinished one. Many of these have the main frame and walls done, but let you ad the final touches. They have not been painted or finished off to look like a home for a specific dog. That is something you can do. If you want to teach the kids a little more responsibility for their pet, you can also bring them in on the project and let them help.
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Jesse Akre, owner of many niche online stores, offers insight when purchasing lavish dog beds, beautiful dog houses, and plush dog furniture.
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