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Build Your Own Dog House
by Sandy Oberreuter

So you want to build your dog a dog house?
There are various types of dog houses available.
dog houseWooden dog houses. They can be very attractive and comfortable for your dog. Wooden doghouses made from cedar or wood are the best.
free pet dog informationPlastic doghouses. These are comfortable and economical. They are good if your dog spends most of his time indoors.
dog houseRustic doghouses. These houses are meant to look like a log cabin or barn. Wood is usually used but you can use synthetic material that has the appearance of wood.

You also can find double doghouses, duplex houses and portable ones.

Features to consider when building a dog house:
free pet dog informationWood makes an excellent choice for maintaining a consistent temperature for your doghouse. Wood stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
dog houseSize - a doghouse should be large enough for your dog to stand and turn around easily but still small enough so it is warm in cold weather and seems cozy.
free pet dog informationDurable and steady.
dog houseNeeds to be easy to clean.
free pet dog informationSafe - sturdy and resistant to pest infestation. Cedar and other aromatic wood help control pests.

You can build your own doghouse by using doghouse plans or doghouse kits. If you can follow directions and know how to use basic tools, you should be able to build your own doghouse. Look for doghouse plans on the internet, which will provide detailed instructions. Of course, if you have building experience you can build a doghouse without plans or a kit

The easiest way to build a doghouse is from a kit - it has everything you need. Most of them have:
dog housePanels that are sized and pre-drilled. You just screw them into place.
dog houseRoofing
free pet dog informationFrames to the structure and panels are screwed onto the frame as well as the roof.
dog houseInstructions
free pet dog informationPaint is needed but most are already painted.
dog houseIf you have a hammer and screw driver you are set. Basic kits start at $100.00

If you are going to use a blueprint consider these things :
Weather conditions - if it is hot where you live you need your doghouse to have adequate ventilation and off the ground. If it is cold, you need an insulated doghouse. Of it snows or rains a lot you need a slanted roof.

Good Luck

About the Author:
Sandy Oberreuter has a web site on small dog breeds but also on the most popular dogs that include dogs good with children and seniors, finding the best vets and breeders and much more. Visit http://www.small-dogbreeds
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