How to prepare your backyard for a new dog house
Okay so you have a new dog house arriving any day, there are some things that you should consider before it arrives and one of those is where you are going to place the new home.
Assuming all the other important stuff has been taken care of, such as the proper size and the type of material the dog house is going to be made of.
Another important factor in the buying phase is what type of design option is best for your dog.
The internet is full of so called “best doghouses” but what really matters is what is best for your dog.
Some of the design options (but not all) are a sloped roof or sometimes referred to as a slanted roof dog house, a gable design or custom design option.
Deciding on the proper placement of the dog house
More than likely the house will be positioned in your backyard, the question is where is the best place to locate it in the yard?
Ideally you would pick an area that can take advantage of any shade and at the same time be protected from the wind.
Another consideration is to locate it where there is easy to access to fresh water and a location that is an easy entry to your house.
This will be helpful for you when it is time for feeding or to replenish the water bowl, especially when there is inclement weather to deal with.
Another consideration if it is possible is to have the house visible from your home so it will be easy to check on your dog without leaving the house.
Dealing with the surface area and more
One thing that is very important your new dog house should not be in direct contact with the soil, it will only lead to premature decay.
Ideally if you can you want to place it on a solid surface, like brick pavers, a concrete slab would be ideal or at least pressure treated wood.
There are many doghouses that feature raised legs and if you invest in this type of dog house you can place each leg on a concrete surface of some type, whether you use bricks or pavers.
Another idea that is not real expensive is pea gravel; you can usually get bags of it at your local home improvement store.
Pea gravel will allow for drainage and will not be too rough on your dog’s paws.
Keeping everything on level ground
This item is just common sense; you want to make sure that the house is level so your dog is comfortable when they are inside.
At the same time you do not want the house located in a low spot in the yard, this will allow water to gather when it rains making it miserable for your pet.
On the subject of comfortable it can’t be stressed enough that the doghouse be the correct size for your dog, if you are on the fence between one size and another always error to the larger size.
It is very easy to add a bed or blankets (or both) to a house than it is to deal with a dog house that is too small.
A final word
Most of this information is common sense, however if this is your first dog and dog house experience then knowing this information in advance can save you some grief.
The bottom line is you want your dog to be safe and comfortable and with a little forethought and the right information you can achieve that.