Building a Dog House for Your West Highland White Terrier

Posted by on Mar 12, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, West Highland White Terrier | Comments Off on Building a Dog House for Your West Highland White Terrier

Build a House for Your West Highland White TerrierOver 50% of owners permit their West Highland White Terriers to live indoors and sleep on the sofa or in the bed. For those of you who are wanting to know how to build a dog house for your West Highland White Terrier, here are some easy rules to follow when considering the type of shelter you want to build for your West Highland White Terrier.

How to Build a House for Your West Highland White Terrier: Size

1. You should begin your house building process by ensuring the house is large enough to fit your West Highland White Terrier’s potential adult size. People enjoy having approximately two feet of air above us in a room to live without feeling claustrophobic. Your West Highland White Terrier will probably also enjoy having that much room. The comfort zone for both people and West Highland White Terriers is about thrity-three percent of their standing height. To figure out how much space the West Highland White Terrier will need get a measuring tape and measure your West Highland White Terrier. Measure him standing straight up, resting on his haunches and above all measure the full dimension of the West Highland White Terrier when he is in the most relaxed, comfortable, and stretched out position he can get into. Your West Highland White Terrier should be able to peer out the front door when both sitting and standing. So the West Highland White Terrier will not have to significantly lower his front shoulders or scrape his stomach, make sure that door is high enough. Stand above the West Highland White Terrier and measure the breadth of the broadest point of the animal’s shoulders.

Building a House for Your West Highland White Terrier: Elevation

2. Don’t forget to elevate the dog house several inches from the ground to permit air and water to flow underneath. To dissuade pests from invading the dog house, and taking your West Highland White Terrier’s health into consideration, remember how vital ventilation is. Install a few nickel-sized openings in the panels underneath the eaves. Install a wind block inside the house so the West Highland White Terrier can use the warmth of its body to warm the space if it is very cold or breezy outside. Consider adding a partial wall which will help your West Highland White Terrier to escape the inclement weather. Your animal can decide to just sleep in the entry room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner room. Your beloved West Highland White Terrier would probably love having a cushion or some sort of bedding to sleep on.

Building Your West Highland White Terrier a House: Weather Resistant

3. To avoid rain coming into the dog house make the floor just a bit tilted in the direction of the doorway and build the roof a little bit angled, as well. Ensure the house is well insulated but you should not paint the inside.

4. In America most storms come from the west and south so ensure the dog house faces a different direction. Most dog house plans suggest that the dog house entrance faces east. The cold air won’t be able to rush through the door then.

Add Hinges to the Roof of Your West Highland White Terrier’s House

5. It’s suggested that you put hinges on the roof when you build your West Highland White Terrier a house. This makes it simpler for you to clean out your West Highland White Terrier’s house. You should empty your West Highland White Terrier’s house as often as you give your West Highland White Terrier a bath.

West Highland White Terrier Dog House: Conclusion

If your West Highland White Terrier lives outside then he needs to have a pleasant place to sleep and get away from harsh weather. Hopefully these simple tips on building a dog house for the West Highland White Terrier will help you start.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about West Highland White Terriers.

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