Although dogs love being outdoors, even the most
fearless like a place of their own in which to retreat safely. A dog house
in a corner of your dog’s outside play area gives your dog a sense
of security, shade on a hot, sunny afternoon and protection from the elements
as needed. Choosing the perfect dog house first should be determined on
the size of your dog. A dog house should be small enough to be convenient
and provide a sense of cozy comfort, but big enough so your dog can turn
around in it comfortably.
Next, the climate in which you live and the amount of time your dog may
be spending outside are factors to consider. If in an area which has harsh,
cold winter months, an insulated plastic doghouse with a self closing door
will provide your dog the warmth and protection from the elements it needs.
Other dog houses are designed to be customized according to season with
interchangeable windows and doors. Regardless of climate, a dog house should
have a raised floor which will provide the driest and warmest surface possible
and have a water resistant roof. If looking for a dog house constructed
from wood, cedar acts as a natural insect repellent and is aesthetically
Styles of dog houses are endless and designed to compliment your yard.
Some are even designed to duplicate house architectural styles such as English
Tudor or log cabin.
Other dog houses are collapsible and soft sided with zipper doors and
screened windows. These portable dog houses are perfect for those people
who live in an apartment and have a shared yard. You and your dog can laze
in the yard together on a Sunday and his portable dog house will provide
him the sanctuary he may want. Or after a nice long romp at the dog run
in the park, you can put your dog in his portable dog house and stretch
out with a book while you both enjoy the breeze.