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It goes without saying that our canine ancestors did not have any fancy doghouses but rather a den where they would raise their puppies.
Modern day enclosures offer luxurious dog house kennel combinations and an assortment of different dwelling options constructed using a variety of different materials.
Wikipedia describes dog houses as:
A doghouse or dogshed is a small shed commonly built in the shape of a house, a shelter intended for a dog.
Close but it is a little more involved than that, here are some of the options that are available for the dog owner looking for dog houses.
If you decide it is time your beloved dog gets a new home you no doubt have started looking into the many options available online or perhaps in your local area.
One of the biggest decisions you will have to make as you shop around is the material that the new home will be made of, here are some options:
The Indigo Igloo Style Dog House features Microban Antimicrobial Product Protection, what the heck is that?
Simply put it helps prevent the growth of odor causing bacteria, which is a good thing because who wants nasty odor causing bacteria?
Featured Dog House Kennels
The extra large dog house that also features an enclosed kennel area which allows your dog to be exposed to the outdoors without the fear of being able to wander off your property and get into harms way.
The ultimate dog house kennel that gives your dog the best of both worlds learn more here: Dog House Kennel
The same type of large dog house as the Cape Cod above but at a much more affordable price!
Dog house kennel combination for an extra large dog learn more here: Extra Large Dog House
When it comes to materials, you will find that there are many options to choose from, including hard plastics, laminate woods, composite boards, and more.
The most popular material used is some type of wood.
Western red cedar is one of the most popular options available, not just because it is affordable, but also because it is naturally resistant to insects, mold and mildew.
Composite houses offer you an additional benefit other than being weather-resistant. They are designed of sturdy material, and can hold up to the task of being your pup's outdoor home.
If you are Eco conscious, then you may want to consider this type of a doghouse.
Plywood is an excellent choice for a house because it can be painted; it is durable and fairly inexpensive. One of the most important considerations is the grade of plywood used in the construction.
There are several different grades of plywood and not all are engineered to be used outdoors.
Marine grade plywood would be the best available however will not be the cheapest, so you have to decide how long you want the new home to last, the cheaper the option the shorter the life span of the dog house.
Most homes found online are shipped in panel form and then assembled in your backyard.
Dog Houses - The different sizes available.
Generally the majority of dog houses in the marketplace will be small, medium, large and extra large.
The extra large houses are not that abundant in most retail stores because they may not have the floor space to inventory a large selection.
In fact these over sized homes may be the hardest to come by because of their sheer size, that is why we place a lot of emphasis on the demands of the large breed dogs.
Why western red cedar for building the doghouse?
It is gorgeous wood – The natural beauty of red cedar features crisp, rich tonal properties and is the preferred wood by many woodworking professionals for all types of designs.
Because of the natural oils in the wood it is also resistant to insects and premature rotting. It plays well with others – Western red cedar is resin and pitch free, meaning it will stain very well and it is readily available in all shapes and sizes.
It is Eco-Friendly – Unlike some other building products like brick, concrete or other synthetic materials cedar will not generate greenhouse gasses and it is a renewable (if sourced from sustainable managed forests), biodegradable product.
By using real cedar for this doghouse it actually reduces the amount of Co2 (Greenhouse gas) in the atmosphere. During the growing stages, young cedar trees absorb and hold Co2.
This Co2 is maintained even through cutting and manufacturing. Allowing the trees to grow though out their lifespan and become old, as they begin to age and break down, that previously absorbed Co2 begins to release back out into the air.
Dog House FAQ’s
Question: Do I need to have special skills to assemble a dog house kit?
Answer: Almost all dog house kits are easy to assemble with no special tools or skills. However, there are some that may require more than one person and will be noted in the instructions.
Question: How long will it take for a dog house to arrive at my home?
Answer: The delivery time will be determined by the type of dog house and the builder. If it is an off the shelf type dog house then you may receive it in 5 – 7 working days. If it is a dog house kennel model then the arrival time may be 2 – 3 weeks because more than likely the house has to be built after the order.
Question: What if the dog house shows up with damage?
Answer: If there is any visible damage to the package you should refuse delivery and the delivery service will have a form to file.
Question: Does a dog house require a special surface to stand on?
Answer: It will depend on the type of dog house, some dog houses feature legs that are adjustable or have some type of system that gets the house off the bare ground. Any type of protection like concrete, cinder blocks or treated wood will ensure your dog house last longer.
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