Greater than 50% of the population permit their Chinooks to live indoors and sleep on the couch or in the bed. For those of you who are wanting to know how to build a dog house for your Chinook, here are our simple rules to follow when figuring out what type of shelter you want to build for your Chinook.
Building a House for Your Chinook: Size
1. You should begin your house building process by making sure the house is large enough to accommodate your Chinook’s potential mature size. Humans enjoy having around two feet of air above us in a room in order to live without feeling boxed in. Your Chinook will also appreciate having that much room. The comfort zone for both humans and Chinooks is about a third of their standing height. To figure out how much space the Chinook will need go get a ruler and measure your Chinook. Measure him standing straight up, resting on his haunches and especially measure the full dimension of the Chinook when he is in the most comfortable, relaxed and stretched out position he can get into. Your Chinook should be able to peer out the front entrance while both sitting and standing. So the Chinook won’t have to significantly lower his front shoulders or drag his stomach, make sure that entrance is high enough. Stand over the Chinook and measure the breadth of the broadest point of the Chinook’s shoulders.
How to Build a Dog House for Your Chinook: Elevation
2. Remember to elevate the house several inches from the ground to allow air and water to flow underneath. To dissuade bugs from invading the house, and taking your Chinook’s health into consideration, remember how important air circulation is. Install a few nickel-sized openings in the panels below the eaves. Put a wind block inside the dog house so the Chinook can use the heat of its own body to warm up the space if it is really cold or windy outside. Think about adding a partial panel which will help your Chinook to escape the bad weather. Your Chinook can choose to just sleep in the entry room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner sanctum. Your beloved Chinook would probably love having a cushion or some sort of bedding to snooze on.
Building a House for Your Chinook: Weather Resistant
3. To avoid rain coming into the house make the floor just a bit slanted toward the opening and construct the roof a bit on an angle, as well. Make sure the dog house is well insulated but you should not paint the inside.
4. In America most storms come from the south and west so make sure the house is facing a different direction. Most house blueprints recommend that the house door faces east. The cold air will not be able to rush through the doorway then.
Add Hinges to the Roof of Your Chinook’s Dog House
5. It’s recommended that you put hinges on the roof when you build your Chinook a house. This makes it simpler for you to empty your Chinook’s home. You should clean your Chinook’s house as often as you give your Chinook a bath.
Chinook Dog House: Conclusion
If your Chinook lives outside then he deserves to have a pleasant place to sleep and get away from harsh weather. Hopefully these easy tips on building a dog house for your Chinook will help you get going.
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