It is amazing the emotional attachment a human can form with a dog. With that level of attachment comes a desire to keep the dog happy, healthy, and safe. One of the necessities that a dog owner will need is some type of outdoor shelter for their pet. There are many premade products available on the market to keep your pet sheltered from inclement weather. These products are sometimes either cheaply made or outrageously expensive. There is a better and more affordable way to provide shelter for your dog though; the solution is to build your own doghouse.
First, you have to figure out what size doghouse is needed. The size of the doghouse will determine the amount of materials you will be using to build the doghouse. The type of doghouse you build will depend on how basic or fancy you would like to get. Many free plans are available. Keep in mind that plans for some of the more extravagant doghouses may only be available for purchase.
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You will need an assortment of lumber, including plywood, two by twos, two by fours and some excess wood to use for trim pieces. You are also going to need screws, nails, and L-shaped brackets. Insulation is an optional material for your doghouse. You will want to cover the top of the doghouse with shingles to make sure that everything stays nice and dry. Bricks, patio pavers, or concrete blocks can be used as a base for the doghouse, or you can build a wooden base. You are also going to need tools for this project. Most of these tools are basic items that you may already have at home, including saws, screwdrivers, a measuring tape, a caulk gun and a level. You may also need a crowbar, a paintbrush and roller, and a sawhorse.
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After you have decided on a plan, you also need to figure out where you want to put the doghouse. Once you have gathered all of your tools and materials, it is time to take a look at your plan and make all the necessary lumber cuts. Be sure to measure twice prior to cutting, so that you do not end up with a crooked doghouse. Use caution when cutting and be sure to take all safety precautions to avoid injury. Once the cutting is done look over everything before you start assembly.
Now it is time to start assembling your doghouse. You will first put together a platform base, followed by the sides of the doghouse. When those steps are complete, the back and the front need to be assembled, followed by each side of the roof. The sites are then attached to the base followed by the front and back of the doghouse. Once everything is secured together, you will want to be sure that there are no splinters, rough edges or nails poking through to the inside of the doghouse. This ensures your dog’s safety.
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No matter what type of doghouse you choose to build, your dog will be happy to have a nice place to rest outdoors; a place that allows him to get out of the rain, take a break from the sun, or simply just take a nap. If desired, you can decorate the doghouse to match your own home, or maybe you even want to get a little more creative with it.