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Building a House for Your Harrier

Build a House for Your HarrierOver 50 percent of the population allows their Harriers to live indoors and sleep on the couch or in the bed. For those of you all who are wanting to know how to build a dog house for your Harrier, to follow are our easy rules to follow when determining what type of shelter you want to build for your Harrier.

Building Your Harrier a Dog House: Size

1. You should begin your dog house building process by making sure the house is big enough to fit your Harrier’s potential adult size. People enjoy having around two feet of air overhead in a room in order to live without feeling claustrophobic. The Harrier will also appreciate having that much room. The target zone for both humans and Harriers is approximately 1/3 of their standing height. To figure out how much room the Harrier will need get a tape measure and measure your Harrier. Measure him standing straight up, sitting on his haunches and most importantly measure the full dimension of the Harrier when he is in the most stretched out, comfortable, and relaxed position he can get into. Your Harrier should be able to look out the front door when both standing up and sitting. So the Harrier will not have to significantly lower his front shoulders or scrape his tummy, make sure that entrance is high enough. Stand over the Harrier and measure the width of the broadest point of the Harrier’s shoulders.

Building Your Harrier a House: Elevation

2. Remember to elevate the house several inches from the ground to allow water and air to flow below. To dissuade pests from invading the house, and taking your Harrier’s health into consideration, remember how vital ventilation is. Install a few nickel-sized openings in the walls below the eaves. Install a wind block inside the dog house so the Harrier can use the heat of its body to warm the space if it is really cold or windy outside. Consider adding a partial panel which will permit your Harrier to escape the bad weather. Your Harrier can choose to just snooze in the entry room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner room. Your beloved Harrier would probably love having a cushion or some sort of bedding to sleep on.

Building Your Harrier a House: Weather Resistant

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

4. In the US most storms come from the west and south so ensure the dog house is facing a different direction. Most house plans recommend that the house doorway faces east. The cold air will not be able to rush through the entrance then.

Add Hinges to the Roof of Your Harrier’s House

5. It’s recommended that you place hinges on the roof when you build your Harrier a house. This makes it easier for you to empty out your Harrier’s house. You should empty the Harrier’s house as much as you give your Harrier a bath.

Harrier Dog House: Conclusion

If your Harrier lives outdoors then he deserves to have a pleasant place to snooze and get out of harsh weather. Hopefully these straightforward tips on building a dog house for your Harrier will help you start.

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