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DIY dog kennel

do-it-yourself dog kennel Before starting a dog, you should think about where the animal will live. A self-built dog kennel will delight your friend. You can make a comfortable home for a pet from the simplest materials at hand in a short time. It is necessary to choose the right size of dwellings for the dog so that the animal feels comfortable and protected at any time of the year, be it autumn, winter or hot summer. A house for a pet, made with your own hands, will become an additional decoration of the site.

Location of the booth on the site: basic rules

placement of the booth on the site

The place for the doghouse is chosen thoroughly, because here the animal will spend more than one year of its life. The location should be convenient for both the owner and the animal, and must comply with certain rules:

  • the booth is located next to the front door of the house;
  • from the side of the kennel, the entrance to the site and most of the yard should be clearly visible;
  • be sure to take into account the direction of the wind so that the kennel is not blown;
  • the place should be well lit, but located next to a shady area, it is there that the dog will rest from the heat;
  • it is better to arrange housing for the pet further from the pond, pool, well, otherwise excess moisture may accumulate under the kennel, which will bring discomfort to the animal;
  • next to flower beds and flower beds, it is also better not to place the booth, the animal can inadvertently harm them.

Dimensions of the dog house

booth sizes and dog breedsAt the first stage of building a house for a dog, you need to decide on its size. They depend on the size of the pet. An animal can be one of 3 types.

Practice has shown that the following parameters are suitable for each type of dog:

  1. The size of the kennel for small dogs such as pug, terrier or spaniel, width 55 cm, length 70 cm and height 60 cm. The size of the manhole is 30 by 40 cm..
  2. For animals of medium size, such as a Shar Pei, Foxhound or Basset Hound, the dimensions of the booth are 75 cm wide, 120 cm long and 80 cm high. The size of the manhole is 35 by 50 cm..
  3. Booth for dogs of large breeds, which include Alabai, Mountain Dog or Dalmatian, width 100 cm, length 140 cm and height 95 cm; Manhole size 40-50 by 60 cm.

The real size of the animal is not always the same and the table is the same. If the booth is being made for a puppy that is still growing, you can use tabular measurements.

The dimensions of the booth vary depending on the actual dimensions of the animal. Some animals have non-standard dimensions, in such cases it is better to take individual measurements. The pet’s ribcage should pass freely into the hole. The Alabai breed is distinguished by its large dimensions. The dimensions and drawing of the booth for the Alabai are determined only after taking measurements from the animal.

When making calculations for the manhole, it is worth measuring the dog’s chest and adding 5-8 cm. The height of the manhole is equal to a value that is less than 5 cm of the animal’s height at the withers. The maximum depth and vertical dimension make it 5 – 8 cm more than the height of the dog at the withers.

What material is better to make a booth

a booth made of natural woodThe owner of the animal himself determines the size of the structure and its location. First, the material for construction is selected. Next, calculate the need for building material.

You need to decide which materials are suitable for creating a pet’s housing, and which are not:

  1. Varnished or painted materials heat up in the sun and give off an unpleasant odor. Can cause animal allergies.
  2. Metal structures bring discomfort to the animal in hot and cold seasons. The metal heats up in the sun and it will be too hot in the kennel. In winter, in such a house, the pet will be very cold..
  3. Do not make a slate roof. This material is harmful to both human and animal health..
  4. It is better to refuse insulation with expanded polystyrene, polyurethane or various types of pressed wool. These materials give off odors, which can reduce pet’s sense of smell and allergies.
  5. A box of pressed wooden panels quickly loses its strength, and in winter it can completely collapse.

After making the booth, it must be carefully examined. In no case should self-tapping screws, nails or wood burrs stick out inside. Sharp protruding objects can injure the pet.

For the manufacture of shelter for dogs, planks made of conifers are best suited: pine, spruce, cedar. To insulate the kennel, natural materials are used that will not cause allergies in the animal. The roof is made of metal or from ondulin. A mattress filled with sawdust or straw is laid on the floor, on such a bed the animal will sleep comfortably and warmly.

Dog booth with a canopy

dog kennel with a canopyThe canopy booth is suitable for large watchdogs. The canopy protects the animal from rain and snow, but at the same time will allow him to calmly guard the area. The area under the canopy should be the same size as the kennel itself or slightly larger so that the entire body of the animal can fit on it.

A shelter with a canopy is sure to please the following dog breeds:

  • shepherd;
  • malamute;
  • husky;
  • mastiff;
  • St. Bernard.

When making a drawing of a booth for a shepherd dog or any other large breed, be sure to take into account the canopy.

How to build a dog house for the winter

dog kennel for the winterThere are different opinions about warming a dog kennel for the winter. Some pet owners believe that only smooth-haired dogs need a warm booth. It is worth remembering that a harsh winter presupposes severe frosts and an animal, even with long hair, will be cold. Therefore, for the comfort of the pet, the booth is insulated.

The winter doghouse is insulated inside and out. They insulate the floor, and use curtains for the manhole. To make the pet’s housing warmer, it is installed on logs. For internal insulation of walls and floors, felt or batting is used. For external insulation, foam is taken. The shutter for the manhole is made of dense and durable fabric or silicone.

Laz is the main source of cold air entering the dog’s house, it must be protected with a curtain.

If you decide to make a booth for a husky with your own hands, it is better to make it larger in size. The animal loves space and in winter it enjoys spending time in the snow, in a cramped kennel it will be too hot for it. The mat is not used on the floor or it is laid very thin. A not very dense fabric is hung on the manhole, which allows air to pass through well..

Also, like huskies, husky dogs prefer coolness. To make a husky booth with your own hands, drawings and dimensions can be used the same as for a husky. A straw bedding in a kennel is fine for this breed. Insulation for the booth is better to choose breathable air, pets of this breed do not tolerate stuffiness.

Malamutes also love fresh cool air during the winter. The dimensions of the Malamute booth are the same as for the husky booths, and huskies, all three breeds belong to the middle group.

A booth for a thermophilic Labrador should be well insulated. The animal will also not refuse a warm litter. The size of the Labrador booth should be optimally selected. In a too large kennel, the dog will freeze, in a small kennel it will be cramped and uncomfortable. For thermophilic breeds such as Golden Retrievers, Dalmatians, Beagle and Drathhaar, the size of the booth is also very important..

Step-by-step instructions for making a dog booth with your own hands

First, make a drawing. The dimensions in the drawing must correspond to the actual dimensions of the kennel. For step-by-step instructions, a drawing of a booth for a dachshund or jagdterrier was selected. These breeds belong to a small group. For medium and large breeds, the sizes are increased according to the table..

For the manufacture of the structure you will need: a hacksaw, a hammer, metal corners, nails and screws.

Step-by-step instruction:

  1. The base is 90 by 70 cm in size.Take 2 beams 70 cm long and fix boards 90 cm long on them. base for the booth
  2. Niche for insulation. You need a bar with a section of 50 by 50 cm. Cut it into 2 bars 90 cm long and two 60 cm long. The bars are fixed on the base.niche for insulation
  3. Do-it-yourself doghouse insulation. Cut out the insulation and fasten it tightly to the base.base insulation
  4. Floor. The comfort of the animal depends on its quality. You will need boards 90 cm long, they are fixed with self-tapping screws at the base.floor from boards
  5. Side walls. We need two side walls. For walls, the dimensions of the board are 65 and the beams are 40 cm.The walls are fixed at the base of the floor using corners and self-tapping screws.side walls of the booth
  6. Front and back walls. You will need boards 70 cm long and 40 cm long bars. Leave a place for a manhole on the front wall. The animal must pass freely through the hole.front and rear wall of the booth
  7. Fixing all walls.wall fixing
  8. Insulation on the booth walls.insulation of the booth walls
  9. Internal wall cladding.wall cladding
  10. Securing the roof to the walls.fixing the roof of the booth
  11. Fastening the bars under the insulation.niche for ceiling insulation
  12. The insulation is well leveled and fixed at the base.laying insulation
  13. Sheathing the ends of the roof with boards. A gable roof is made with a slope so that the water glass when it rains. The gable roof is suitable for large dog breeds. It will increase the internal dimensions of a booth for a Malamute, Alabai, Bulldog, Rottweiler or other breed.roof end sheathing
  14. Roof insulation boards.roof cladding
  15. Roof covering with roofing material.laying of roofing material

It is better to choose a roof covering from a non-metallic material, the chain will rattle on the metal covering.

After completing the work, carefully inspect the box and remove everything unnecessary from it. There should be no sharp and stabbing objects, especially if the kennel is for a puppy, and not for an adult dog.

Dog kennel care

disinfection of the boothAfter the kennel is made, installed and the permanent tenant settled in it, you need to know how to care for it. You need to regularly clean your pet’s house. It is advisable to do the cleaning monthly. In the summer, disinfect once a month, and in the rest of the year – once a season.

For the convenience of cleaning and disinfection, you can make a booth with a removable or folding roof.

In the process of cleaning, remove leftovers, gnawed toys, treat walls and floors with a pest repellent. Let the dog into the booth only after the solution has dried.

Unusual booths for dogs

fabulous house for a dogIf the site on which the booth will be located is made in the same style, everything is thought out and decorated in accordance with all the rules of landscape design, then an ordinary kennel for a pet will not work. Making a dog booth with your own hands, you can turn on the imagination to come up with something unusual. original design of the boothYou can build a structure of an unusual shape or decorate a perfect ordinary house. Any materials at hand are suitable for decoration, you can also make wood carvings.

drawing on the boothWhen decorating a house for an animal, you should also take into account the individual characteristics of the pet and its character. A do-it-yourself booth for a Rottweiler, Great Dane, Bulldog, Boxer or Pit Bull must match the fighting qualities of these breeds. Don’t make ridiculous decorations like flowers or funny faces. For such serious breeds, jewelry in a strict style is suitable, emphasizing the character of the breed..

original design of the boothOriginal kennels for dogs are a trend of several seasons. If you try, you can make a comfortable and unusual house to the envy of all neighbors.stylish booth

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