Building Your Rhodesian Ridgeback a Dog House

Posted by on Mar 10, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Rhodesian Ridgeback | Comments Off on Building Your Rhodesian Ridgeback a Dog House

Build a House for Your Rhodesian RidgebackMore than fifty percent of the population permit their Rhodesian Ridgebacks to stay inside and sleep on the couch or in the owner’s bed. For those of y’all who are wanting to know how to build a dog house for your Rhodesian Ridgeback, following are some simple rules to follow when figuring out the type of shelter you want to build for your Rhodesian Ridgeback.

Building Your Rhodesian Ridgeback a Dog House: Size

1. You should start your house building process by making sure the house is large enough to fit your Rhodesian Ridgeback’s potential adult size. Humans enjoy having about two feet of air overhead in a room in order to live without feeling claustrophobic. Your Rhodesian Ridgeback will also enjoy having that much room. The target zone for both people and Rhodesian Ridgebacks is approximately 33% of their standing height. To figure out how much space the Rhodesian Ridgeback will need go get a measuring tape and measure your Rhodesian Ridgeback. Measure him standing straight up, resting on his haunches and above all measure the full dimension of the Rhodesian Ridgeback when he is in the most comfortable, relaxed and stretched out position he can get into. Your Rhodesian Ridgeback should be able to peer out the front door when both sitting and standing. So the Rhodesian Ridgeback will not have to significantly lower his front shoulders or scrape his stomach, make sure that door is tall enough. Stand over the Rhodesian Ridgeback and measure the width of the widest point of the animal’s shoulders.

Building a House for Your Rhodesian Ridgeback: Elevation

2. Don’t forget to raise the dog house several inches from the ground to allow air and water to flow below. To discourage pests from invading the dog house, and taking your Rhodesian Ridgeback’s health into consideration, remember how important air circulation is. Put in a few nickel-sized openings in the walls below the eaves. Install a wind block inside the house so the Rhodesian Ridgeback can use the warmth of its own body to warm the area if it is very cold or windy outside. Consider adding a partial panel which will help your Rhodesian Ridgeback to escape the nasty weather. Your animal can choose to just sleep in the front room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner sanctum. Your beloved pet would probably love having a pillow or some sort of bedding to sleep on.

How to Build Your Rhodesian Ridgeback a Dog House: Weather Resistant

3. To avoid rain entering the dog house make the floor just a little bit angled in the direction of the entryway and construct the roof a little bit slanted, as well. Make sure the house is well insulated but you shouldn’t paint the interior.

4. In America most storms come from the south and west so make sure the dog house is facing a different direction. Most dog house plans recommend that the house doorway faces east. The cold air won’t be able to rush through the entryway then.

Add Hinges to the Roof of Your Rhodesian Ridgeback’s Dog House

5. It is recommended that you put hinges on the roof when you build your Rhodesian Ridgeback a dog house. This makes it simpler for you to clean your Rhodesian Ridgeback’s house. You should clean out your Rhodesian Ridgeback’s house as often as you give your Rhodesian Ridgeback a bath.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog House: Conclusion

If your Rhodesian Ridgeback stays outside then he deserves to have a suitable place to snooze and get out of harsh weather. Hopefully these simple tips on building a dog house for your Rhodesian Ridgeback will help you get started.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

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