Building Your Labrador Retriever a Dog House

Posted by on Mar 25, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Labrador Retriever, Pets | Comments Off on Building Your Labrador Retriever a Dog House

Build a House for Your Labrador RetrieverMore than 50% of the population allows their Labrador Retrievers to stay inside and sleep on their sofa or in the owner’s bed. For those of you all who are interested in how to build a dog house for your Labrador Retriever, here are some easy rules to follow when determining the type of shelter you want to provide for your Labrador Retriever.

Building Your Labrador Retriever a House: Size

1. You should start your house building process by making sure the house is big enough to fit your Labrador Retriever’s potential mature size. As humans, we enjoy having around 2 feet of air overhead in a room in order to live without feeling boxed in. Your Labrador Retriever will also enjoy having that much room. The comfort zone for both humans and Labrador Retrievers is approximately thrity-three percent of their standing height. To figure out how much room the Labrador Retriever will need get out a tape measure and measure your Labrador Retriever. Measure him standing straight up, sitting on his haunches and most importantly measure the full dimension of the Labrador Retriever when he is in the most stretched out, comfortable, and relaxed position he can get into. Your Labrador Retriever should be able to gaze out the front door when both sitting and standing. So the Labrador Retriever will not have to significantly lower his front shoulders or scrape his stomach, make sure that door is tall enough. Stand above the Labrador Retriever and measure the breadth of the widest point of the Labrador Retriever’s shoulders.

How to Build a House for Your Labrador Retriever: Elevation

2. Don’t forget to raise the house several inches from the ground to permit water and air to flow below. To discourage pests from entering the dog house, and taking your Labrador Retriever’s health into consideration, remember how vital fresh air is. Put in a few nickel-sized openings in the walls under the eaves. Put a wind block inside the house so the Labrador Retriever can use the heat of its body to heat up the area if it is very cold or breezy outside. Consider adding a partial wall which will allow your Labrador Retriever to escape the inclement weather. Your Labrador Retriever can decide to just snooze in the entry room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner room. Your beloved Labrador Retriever would probably love having a cushion or some sort of bedding to snooze on.

Building a House for Your Labrador Retriever: Weather Resistant

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

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 opening faces east. The cold air will not be able to rush through the opening then.

Add Hinges to the Roof of Your Labrador Retriever’s House

5. It is suggested that you put hinges on the roof when you build your Labrador Retriever a house. This makes it simpler for you to empty out your Labrador Retriever’s house. You should clean your Labrador Retriever’s house as much as you give your Labrador Retriever a bath.

Labrador Retriever Dog House: Conclusion

If your Labrador Retriever stays outside then he needs to have a pleasant place to snooze and get away from harsh weather. Hopefully these straightforward tips on building a dog house for your Labrador Retriever will help you start.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Labrador Retrievers.

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