Buying A Dog House Checklist | 6 Important Items To Check Off

Posted by Steven Barnhart on 18th May 2017

Buying A Dog House Checklist | 6 Important Items To Check Off

Factors To Consider Before Your Dog House Purchase

The time has come and you need a new dog house for your first dog or a replacement home for your current pet. 

Below are some items to consider from a buying a dog house checklist. 

Not all the items on the list will apply to your situation, things to take into consideration is your dog breed, your climate and most important the size of your dog.

1. Selecting the right size dog house

This is probably one of the most important elements of purchasing a dog house!

Especially if you purchase one online because if you select the wrong size and have to ship it back more than likely you will have to pay the return shipping or at least a portion of it.

So be sure and choose wisely to help with that check list item  here is a page with in depth information, go there and find selecting the right size house!

2. The dog house material

This is not real critical but deciding on the right material could determine your dogs experience and how long it will last. 

As an example if you decide on a soft wood (like firwood) it will cost less but may not last as long as a composite or Western Red Cedar or plywood dog house. 

Also if you have a dog that likes to chew everything in sight then a soft wood may not be the way to go.

3. Dog house door or no door option?

There are basically 3 options regarding a dog door that is no door, a vinyl flap door or a solid door. 

If you reside in a very mild climate year round then you may not need any door. 

If you happen to live in a climate that may have moderate temperature swings but nothing extreme then a vinyl flap door will work for you.

If you reside in a climate that has extreme cold temperatures then it might be a good idea to look at a solid door option especially if those extreme temperatures are accompanied by high winds.

4. Insulation option

This option goes hand in hand with the door option above, having an insulated house will not only keep your pet warm in winter but will also aid in keeping them cooler in the hot summer months. 

To learn more in depth about the insulation option check out the  insulated dog house kits.

5. Heating cooling option

Once again this option also goes hand in hand with the door and insulation option, selecting a heating cooling unit with the insulation/door option provides the ideal comfort for your dog year round.

6. Where will the dog house be located?

This list item is important because the location may determine how comfortable your dog will be year round and also how long your dog house will last.

If the house is located on the bare ground in contact with soil it will have a tendency to decay sooner than if it were raised off the ground. 

Some dog houses have a raised feet option that helps with this problem.

Need more help with in depth tips for creating the ideal space for your dog house ? Then go to this page for some tips and ideas.

Buying A Dog House Checklist