How To Make A Dog House
If you have a four-legged friend, then you may have thought about how to make a dog box. Indeed, for many breeds of dogs, being outdoors is vital. And the conditions in which you place your dog have a huge impact on his health and performance. Before you start building, you must choose the correct location of the booth. The place should be bright and always dry. However, make sure that there is a shadow nearby, in which the dog could hide from the scorching sun rays.
How to build a dog house
The classic version of a dog kennel is nothing more than a single-volume rectangular structure with a gable roof. Although you can easily make a flat shed roof. The slope of the roof is better to make a small one so that your dog can lie comfortably or sit on it.
In order to build a dog house, you will need:
- Bars 50x50mm. or 40×40.
- Boards 20-25mm.
Select the size of the booth, depending on the size of your dog. Inside the booth, the dog should be able to easily turn around, sit and lie, stretching out his paws. Before starting work, make accurate calculations of the dimensions of the structure. To do this, we measure the dog. The length of the animal from the nose to the end of the tail will be the width of the structure, the height of the dog at the withers 10-15cm. – the height of the booth. The height of the opening for entering the booth is equal to the height at the withers minus 10 cm., The width of the opening for opening is the width of the dog in the chest 10 cm. The depth of the booth usually corresponds to the height.
How to build a dog house? The construction of the kennel begins with knocking down the frame. Use for this work bars. Do not forget that the floor of the structure must be raised 10-15 cm above the ground. This is necessary in order to prevent the booth from being poured with rain water from the inside, wetting and, accordingly, rotting of the wooden floor. Therefore, the construction must be put on low legs. After the frame is mounted, the flooring should be filled. To do this, take the board 25mm. In order to avoid the formation of cracks in which the dog’s claw can get stuck, the boards should be adjusted very closely to each other. Further it is necessary to sheathe the walls. You can do this in different ways:
- Horizontally we nail the boards to the frame so that the edge of each next board overlaps the edge of the previous one.
- We horizontally nail the boards, leaving 10–20 m intervals between them, which should then be covered with horizontal slats.
- We nail the boards in two layers vertically so that the outer layer of the boards overlaps the gaps formed between the boards of the inner layer.
The roof in the kennel is double layered. On the removable frame or frame fill the first layer of boards, leaving intervals of 50mm. The upper layer of the boards overlap these gaps. Boards must be mounted along the slope of the roof. In order to maintain cleanliness in the booth, you can make the roof removable or foldable (hinged). The ready-made dog kennel must be covered with linseed several times or painted with oil paint to your taste.
Winter dog box
If you plan to leave your dog in a booth for the winter, then it is better to warm it. You can even build a kennel with a tambour. A booth with a vestibule consists of two compartments, one of which is the vestibule itself, and the second is a berth. Tambour well protects your dog’s shelter from wind and drafts. It is not necessary to warm it. The sleeping place needs to be warmed. This can be done with the help of insulated partition, which is installed in winter, and removed in summer. It is a partition and divide the booth into two parts: a bed and a vestibule. And at the entrance hole you can hang peculiar curtains, which can be made from an old coat or cloth. Before insulating the walls, you need to choose insulation. This may be foam, mineral wool, or sawdust made of wood. The skeleton of the kennel needs to be sheathed on both sides (outside and inside) and the insulation should be laid between them. You can sheathe the walls from the inside with ordinary plywood, and from the outside with any material, you can even with plastic clapboard. Just do not use metal. It is necessary to warm not only the walls, but also the roof of the structure. And on the floor, put a thick litter, an armful of hay or straw mat.
Dog house with a canopy
How to make a dog house? In order to protect the dog’s home from various precipitation, cold and wind, you can additionally build a canopy over the booth.
As one of the walls of the canopy it is possible to use any structure that is on your site. We fix the support board from the outside and dig in two pillars opposite the wall at a distance of several meters. We take bars (which will be the basis for the future roof), the cross section of which is not less than 30x120mm. and connect the board on the wall of the building with the pillars. To reinforce the structure, the pillars need to be joined together with a bar. Trim boards need to sheathe the outer wall. The roof crate is made using the same materials, using a 30-40mm pitch. After that, the roof can be covered with any roofing material that you have available (ondulin, metal tile, professional sheet). The construction, which turned out, can be covered with stain or linseed oil to protect it from the effects of precipitation. After that, place the booth under the shed and provide your dog with free access to its home.