The Ultimate Guide to Building or Buying a Dog House

Dog house

Have you ever considered buying or building a dog home for your dog? Dogs are important members of our families and the least we can do is provide them with a space that is enjoyable and comfortable. It’s actually much easier than it sounds and we’ll walk you through it.

A. How big is your dog?

If you own a tiny chihuahua there’s no point in building him a huge dog home, it’s an unnecessary expense and it may intimidate the small animal. Also, during colder months the dog will probably go there for warmth and too large of a home will make it hard to retain bodyheat and stay warm.

Conversely, if you have a big Rottweiler please don’t build him a tiny home that he has to cram into, it just won’t work. Your pet will be miserable anytime and might even run away. The door dimensions are one of the first things to consider. You could measure your dogs height and make it that big, but keep in mind that they can lower their heads to walk through the door if you need to make it smaller for some reason. In terms of the width, you just need to make it wide enough to accomodate your dog and maybe a few inches of extra space.

The next thing to consider is how spacious should the home be? Well, it needs to be tall enough for your dog to stand upright and it needs to be open enough for him to walk around and lie down.

B. What type of climate do you live in?

Climate plays an important role in choosing certain features of the dog house. If it gets really cold often where you live, you can look into getting a dog house with a roof that lowers. This allows your dog to retain more heat and stay warmer during the winter. If you live somewhere hot, you may want to look at ones with a roof that you can raise. This creates better air circulation and allows the cool air to push out warm air, keeping Fido nice and refreshed. You should definitely look into a slanted roof if you live somewhere rainy and no matter where you live you should avoid peak style roofs because wasps are attracted to spaces like those and you may end up with wasp nests in your dog house.

You might also want to look at other features like wind walls which you install to break the wind and keep the space warmer. Keep in mind which materials you use for things like shingles; certain materials like asphalt should only be used if you have some kind of insulation barrier between the roof and main house area.

C. What kind of door?

Most people don’t pay much mind to things like these but it makes a real difference for your pet. You don’t want a door right in the middle because that will leave your dog directly exposed to any rough weather. Instead, you want it on one side so he can hide behind the wall if the weather gets nasty. Some dog houses are made with doors that you can remove and others are doorless. You can add accessories to the door like an awning or some kind of cover that will provide a nice shady area.

D. How much maintenance can you handle?

Remember you are responsible for keeping the dog house clean and inhabitable. What good is a beautiful dog house if your dog won’t use it because its never clean? Removable roofs are really convenient for maintenance because you can just clean from above rather than cleaning through the tiny door. The more open it is inside the easier it is to clean, as partitions make it easier for things to accumulate. It’s a good idea to use water sealer to prevent any water damage but don’t use it on the inside of the house as it can be harmful to your pet. From time to time you may need to replace parts that get water damage and if you choose to paint the outside be prepared to repaint it from time to time when it starts to fade.

E. Plastic? Metal? Wood?

In general we recommend choosing wood over plastic or metal. Metal gets too hot during the summer and plastic is too cold during the winter months, so use wood for a happy medium. Research has shown that red cedar wood is actually the best choice because it insulates during winter and cools during summer. Of course its not the cheapest option but they also sell cedar wood oil which has some of the same properties plus its a natural insect repellant. One additional benefit is that red cedar wood dog houses are a beautiful red color already and don’t require any painting unless you want to match it to your backyard.

F. Where do I put it?

You might consider putting it underneath shade if you have a large tree or something similar. More importantly, you should always keep a doghouse elevated to prevent it from flooding during rain. If the house isn’t elevated you also have to worry about flea eggs which hatch in the soil. You can use bricks or stones to elevate the house and it will allow air to flow better underneath the house and it will stop any moisture from being retained at the bottom.

Use a GPS Tracking Collar to Easily Find Your Lost Dog

GPS tracking collar

Is there any bigger nightmare for a pet owner than finding out your pet is lost? You worry yourself sick knowing they’re out there lost and you have no way of knowing where to even start looking.

I can be a very difficult time for any dog owner but its important that you stay calm and remember that dogs just love to go out and explore, even more so for certain breeds like beagles that just seem to be more adventurous and willing to venture out on their own.

Beagles are very prone to escaping but they sure aren’t the only breed that goes missing. In fact, all kinds of dogs and cats escape regularly and it’s your responsibility to prepare a plan of action for when that does happen. In situations like this, time is critical because for all you know they could be in a dangerous environment and the sooner you are able to find them, the less chance of them being harmed. This is even more true if you happen to lose your pet at night, since it’s dark and harder to see.

So we’ve established that losing your pet sucks and that time is of the essence in finding them. Luckily for you there is a perfect solution which will make it a breeze to find your lost pet! Using satelite technology you can now track your pet much like you would track your progress on a long road trip. Almost everyone has GPS on their phone or car but its surprising how many pet owners still don’t take advantage of that technology for keeping their pets safe.

This method involves using GSM, mobile system for communications, which allows you to use your phone or laptop to track anything. If you’re going to use this method you’ll need to pay a service provider to set you up so that you can receieve information straight to your device. It’s not free but you can usually find an inexpensive provider with a quick search.

In order to track your pet you’ll also need to purchase a tracking collar which is just like a regular dog collar but it has a tiny chip in it that transmits the location to your phone or laptop. You can really customize the information you’re receiving from the tracking collar, for example you can create perimeters and zones and change them according to your needs. You can also use those perimeters and zones to set up alerts for when your pet leaves them.

Nothing beats proper training when it comes to keeping your pet safe, but using a GPS tracking collar is an awesome tool to keep track of your pet and in the worse case scenario that your dog is lost, you’ll be able to find it quickly and easily.

5 Important Things to Consider When Choosing A Dog Breed

Choosing Dog Breed

Everyone loves the idea of having a pet but very few people think about how many choices there are to consider! There’s hundreds and hundreds of unique dog breeds and it’s so important to pick the right one for your family. It can get a little overwhelming but there are a few ways you can narrow down your search to make the whole process better.

The most crucial thing to look at when choosing a dog breed is how much space you have. If you’re fortunate enough to have a nice big house with lots of land, go wild! You know you can get any size dog and it will be fine. However, if you’re in a tiny apartment it would make sense to stay away from such large pets because they’ll take up so much space.

Also keep in mind that certain dogs require more space and exercise than others. If you get an excitable breed or a hunting dog and you keep him cooped up in apartment all the time, that poor dog will be miserable and may try to escape! Make sure your choice matches your lifestyle and you’ll never have to worry about finding your lost dog.

Also, keep in mind that size has a direct correlation to appetite so if you’re looking at a bigger dog, keep in mind that it’s gonna cost more money to feed it. You look up how much each breed eats and do a little yearly calculation to see what it would really cost you and if you can afford it. This goes with out say hopefully but please don’t get a dog you can’t afford to feed! While you’re doing that calculation you may as well throw in medical costs like visits to the vet and any shots, etc.

Another cost to consider is grooming your new pet. Certain breeds like poodles require a lot of maintenance and this could take its toll on both your wallet and your spare time. If this isn’t a concern, go for it! But those who want less upkeep should opt for a shorter haired dog. Also think about shedding, if you’re obsessively clean you may not want to have sweep your dogs hair all day.

If you live with children you obviously want to carefully consider your options. Most people are immediately concerned with the pet attacking or harming the child, but remember that sometimes kids can accidentally get a little rough as well and may hurt a small dog. So if your kids are very young you don’t want something fragile but you also may not want a huge pitbull around either. Although, keep in mind these are just suggestions because I’ve definitely heard stories of babies being protected by large dogs, I’m just saying it’s slightly more dangerous and why take the risk with your kids.

I know it can be hard to think pragmatically like this when you just want to go out and get the most adorable or coolest looking dog. However, putting this thought into it early on will make sure you don’t have headaches down the line and you’ll just have a happier pet. It’s win win for both of you!