Greater than 50% of the population permit their Portuguese Podengos to live indoors and sleep on their sofa or in the owner’s bed. For those of you all who are wondering how to build a dog house for your Portuguese Podengo, following are our easy rules to follow when determining what type of house you want to build for your Portuguese Podengo.
Building Your Portuguese Podengo a House: Size
1. You should start your dog house building process by making sure the house is large enough to fit your Portuguese Podengo’s potential mature size. We enjoy having approximately 2 feet of air above us in a room in order to live without feeling claustrophobic. Your Portuguese Podengo will also enjoy having that much space. The target zone for both humans and Portuguese Podengos is around 1/3 of their standing height. To figure out how much space the Portuguese Podengo will need get out a tape measure and measure your Portuguese Podengo. Measure him standing straight up, sitting on his haunches and most importantly measure the full dimension of the Portuguese Podengo when he is in the most relaxed, comfortable, and stretched out position he can get into. Your Portuguese Podengo should be able to gaze out the front entrance when both standing up and sitting. So the Portuguese Podengo won’t have to significantly lower his front shoulders or drag his stomach, make sure that door is high enough. Stand over the Portuguese Podengo and measure the width of the broadest point of the Portuguese Podengo’s shoulders.
How to Build Your Portuguese Podengo a Dog House: Elevation
2. Don’t forget to elevate the dog house several inches from the ground to permit air and water to flow underneath. To discourage bugs from entering the dog house, and taking your Portuguese Podengo’s health into consideration, remember how important ventilation is. Put in a few nickel-sized holes in the walls underneath the eaves. Put a wind block inside the house so the Portuguese Podengo can use the heat of its own body to heat the area if it is very cold or windy outside. Think about adding a partial panel which will permit your Portuguese Podengo to escape the bad weather. Your Portuguese Podengo can choose to just snooze in the entry room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner room. Your beloved Portuguese Podengo would probably appreciate having a cushion or some sort of bedding to snooze on.
How to Build Your Portuguese Podengo a House: Weather Resistant
3. To avoid rain coming into the house make the floor just a little bit tilted toward the opening and build the roof a bit slanted, as well. Ensure the house is well insulated but you shouldn’t paint the inside.
4. In America most storms come from the south and west so ensure the dog house is facing a different direction. Most dog house plans recommend that the house opening faces east. The cold air will not be able to rush through the doorway then.
Add Hinges to the Roof of Your Portuguese Podengo’s Dog House
5. It’s suggested that you place hinges on the roof when you build your Portuguese Podengo a house. This makes it simpler for you to empty out your Portuguese Podengo’s house. You should clean your Portuguese Podengo’s house as much as you give your Portuguese Podengo a bath.
Portuguese Podengo Dog House: Conclusion
If your Portuguese Podengo stays outside 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 Portuguese Podengo will help you get started.
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