Wood Dog House
A wood (or wooden) dog house is a dog house made from wood (duh). But
seriously folks... Not all woods are created equal when it comes to dog houses.
We're talking things like insect and rot resistance, durability, ease of
working, susceptibility to splintering, and of course, cost. Cedar fits the bill
in many of these areas and thus is a very
popular wood for dog
houses. Readily available woods like pine and hemlock can also be used for
dog houses. However, these woods lack the decay and insect resistance of cedar
so they are best used for structural components that are not in direct contact
with the elements or the ground.
leery of using pressure-treated wood to build a dog house. Although such woods
will hold up well to decay and insects, they may contain toxic chemicals that
are dangerous to your dog. This is more of an issue with older pressure
treatments that used chromated copper arsenate or CCA although some people still
have concerns about the long term hazardous effects of some of the newer
pressure-treatment formulations. To play it safe, consider using
pressure-treated wood only in areas where the dog is not likely to come in
contact with the wood - such as the bottom of the floor.
There are a number of advantages to using wood for dog houses. Wooden dog
houses naturally stay much warmer in winter and much cooler in summer than
plastic houses. If you're the least bit handy with tools, it's fairly easy to
build, modify, or repair a wood dog house. Wood has a natural beauty and rustic
elegance that is unmatched by other materials. And if you're eco-conscious, you
can take heart in the fact that the wood in a wood dog house can be recycled
after the house has been retired from active duty.