Outdoor Dog Houses
Outdoor dog houses may be made from a number of different materials including
solid wood, plywood, plastic, metal and even stone. In terms of durability and
cost, a solid wood dog
house - preferably made from a rot-resistant wood like cedar or redwood - is
hard to beat. Wood offers excellent insulation qualities, it is easy to mill and
build with, and stands up to the elements quite well when properly protected.
Plastic dog houses
are popular for some people because they are inexpensive and easy to move
around the yard. However, their insulating properties are not as effective as
those of wood so be careful of your dog overheating during the summer or
becoming too cold in the winter. On the plus side, plastic dog houses are easier
to clean than wooden ones - basically you just hose them out.
There are a few stationary
houses on the market. They tend to be well built, typically with an
insulated double wall design since metal by itself is not a very good insulator.
More common are metal dog boxes. These are used as temporary dog homes for
transporting dogs in the back of pick-up trucks and such. Aluminum and stainless
steels are the metals of choice for metal dog boxes.
other miscellaneous tips for choosing and siting an outdoor dog house: get a dog
house with a raised floor to provide an insulating dead space and to keep out
the flood waters; site the dog house in a sheltered area away from the
direct sun and prevailing winds; make sure the house is big enough inside for
the dog to comfortably enter, turn around, and lie down; and provide a door flap
to keep out the cold winter winds.