So Fido is in the back yard and it is starting to get cold outside. You need to get a dog house for him, but should you buy one or build one? There are plenty of dog homes available for purchase either online or at a pet store. However, if you are looking for quality, something that will last, you may want to do it yourself and build your own. So how do you go about finding quality dog house plans that will produce a final product that will hold up and keep your dog warm?
First, you must choose the kind of dog house you may need. Do you have a small dog, a large dog, or two dogs? Do you need the dog house to be insulated or not? This may depend on where you live and how cold it gets. If you don’t build an insulated house, how will you keep your doggy warm? You can use blankets, burrow beds, or can heat your dog house, but in the end it is probably best to make it insulated to help keep it cool in the summer months and warm during the bitter cold of winter.
Should you find free plans to build your house for your dog? This might sound like a good option at first, but I would probably discourage this. Why? The quality of the plans may not be as good. Also, you are investing in materials and you want something that will result in a home for your dog that will last and that you can be proud of.
How large of a home should I build for my dog? This all depends on the size of your dog. It also depends on if it is insulated or not. If it isn’t insulated, you don’t want to make the house much bigger than your dog. This way the natural heat from your dog will more likely be retained. Even if it is insulated, you don’t want to make the dog house too large, instead you want it to be big enough, but still cozy.
Should I get an insulated door for my dog house? If your dog lives in it, I would say absolutely yes. No matter if the house for your dog is insulated or not, an insulated door will help keep the home warmer during the winter and cooler during the summer. I would definitely recommend an insulated doggy door.
We hope we have helped you make a decision on if and what kind of dog houses you want to build. It is an important decision because Fido is depending on you!
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