Adopting A Dog: Building A Doghouse

Once decided on adopting a dog, the next step to take is the type of doghouse that you will need. The doghouse depends on the dog breed that you want. Dogs grow very fast and allowances must be taken to ensure that the doghouse will shelter the dog when it is full-grown.

dog house

The Doghouse Type

This is a fine time to practice creativity. There are as many doghouse styles as there are houses for people.

For people that want to exercise fun and creativity, doghouse styles could be constructed to look like a miniature single room white house complete with a blue room or just have the blue room instead.

It could even look like the basic structure of your house with the inside looking like your room. It could be constructed to look like a chalet, a lean-to, a box or a cage. There are a lot of choices.

The only must is that the doghouse will fit the dog enough to have him move comfortably and that the roof will not be so hot during summer months. Another very important item is the door. In areas where there are very cold seasons, a door should be opted instead of the usual open hole.

You can watch on pinterest to find more ideas

Determining the Size

Determining doghouse sizes are personal choices. You could build the doghouse as big as you want.

However, you cannot build a doghouse smaller than this:

  • Height: to determine a comfortable height that is also enough to ensure good air circulation, add 9 inches to the height of a fully-grown dog of the same breed.
  • Length: to determine the shortest length for a doghouse, add one and one-half foot from the length of the dog starting from the tip of the nose to its rump.
  • Width: to decide the narrowest width of the doghouse that would provide enough space for the dog to move around, add one foot to the length of the dog, this is the narrowest space for your width.

Choosing the Location

The ideal area to be chosen as the location for building the dog house is a level ground that is free from water run-off.

Clear the site where the doghouse will be built down to the short grass. Pack the ground tightly before building.

In areas where there are extreme changes in weather, you may need to insulate the doghouse or consider air conditioning. This is more important when you have an outdoor dog breed. There are many choices for roofing but often, a wooden roof is sufficiently cool. For flooring, you may want vinyl or lumber as these are easily cleaned.

For health reasons, the doghouse is usually constructed a few inches from the ground. This also wards off insects and other small animals from entering aside from ensuring that the place remains dry. Then you begin building.

When pressed for time and you would prefer doghouse kits, there are so many varieties that are available that are pre-fabricated and are available in your local pet shops.

Sleep inside

Hopefully, your dog may sleep inside your house.

A dog that is allowed to come inside your house will always be a greater family member. Therefore we recommend you to take the dog inside.

If you are scared that the dog breaks anything in your home, then you can use a cage like the picture below.

dog cage

A dog that sleeps in such a cage has more respect for the owner and the education is a lot easier.

You put the dog in his cage every time when you are leaving the house and the dog needs to be alone.

That’s the most important reason to take a cage. So the dog only can break things when you are home.

It is important that you can punish the dog immediately when he does something wrong. You simply define when you can educate the dog, and when it’s time to rest.

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Dog Toys For The Brain, Teeth And Feet

Thinking of the best toys that suit your dog? Browse through the dog toys below and see what fits your pet and your budget.

For dogs who love to chew:

Kong Jump’n Jack

Kong Jump’n Jack is a dog toy and a teeth cleaner and gum exerciser at the same time. It has a very unpredictable bounce that makes it a lot more fun for the dog to play with. It has a lot more surfaces that clean dog’s teeth. Kong Jump’n Jack also has slits that are useful for the gums to be exercised.

Squirrel Dude (Busy Buddy)

This is a unique and innovative rubber toy. It has four rubber prongs that cover the hole a bit which challenges the dog to give more effort to taste the food treats inside. The Squirrel Dude is durable and very chewable.

Biscuit Block (Animal Planet)

This chew toy has four grabbing chambers distributed throughout the toy. Varieties of dog treats can be inserted inside to keep pets happy and busy. It has a crazy bounce brought about by its square shape with cut corners.

Ball Stomp’r (Launch and Throw Ball Toys)

This dog toy enables both young and old to have a great time playing with their dogs. The Ball Stomp’r is the first ball launcher of its kind. The ball needs to be loaded, then stomped on and it will eject to a height reaching 100 feet with the regular ball. The mini Ball Stom’r can reach up to a height of 60 feet. This toy has its own ball but tennis balls are a good substitute. This toy is tough, water proof and very dog friendly. This is not chew-proof though so it should be kept after using. The dimension of a regular-sized Ball Stomp’r is 12 inches in length that uses a tennis ball sized ball. The smaller type is 9 inches long and uses a ball with the size of 2 inches.

Dinosaur Egg Baby (Plush Puppies) – Intelligence Building Toy

The Dinosaur Egg Baby has three eggs inside that give out a squeaking sound. It has a secret opening underneath to test dog’s instinct in getting hidden rewards. It is 6 inches in height, 5 inches wide and 12 inches long.

Toys that exercise dogs, cleanse their teeth, rejuvenate their jumping ability and test their intelligence. A complete set of these toys would definitely make owners be much more loved by their pets.

Neccesities for your puppy

Basic Necessities

 Basket, Pillow
 Bench, Cage
 Drink- and feeding bin (keeping the dog’s height in mind)
 Nutrition: (Eukanuba Lamb & Rice and Denkadog Diner)
 Collar (The puppy needs to get used to this as soon as possible)
 Strap

 De-worming paste (Flubenol)

 Viyo

Extra Necessities

 Toys
 Cookies (as a reward)
 Biting sticks (to take away the toothache a little, the puppy is still changing teeth).
 Carries bag, very handy for small races.

 Brush, to take away the dead hairs.
 Shampoo; you can buy the right shampoo for your puppy right here, but don’t start washing it immediately. (wait until after the definitive vaccination)
 Puppy training mats.
 Flee-spray. The first four months use Frontline only!
 ‘Extra Force’ paste for the smaller races.
 Perfume to take away bad odors.
 Hygienic dog bags (plus refill)
 Eye and ear cleaner. (Especially for dogs with sagging ears)
 Nail clipper
 Book with information about the breed.