How to Build a Dog House for Your St. John’s Water Dog

Posted by on Mar 19, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, St. John's Water Dog | Comments Off on How to Build a Dog House for Your St. John’s Water Dog

Build a House for Your St. John's Water DogGreater than fifty percent of people permit their St. John’s Water Dogs to live indoors and sleep on the sofa or in the owner’s bed. For those of you who are wondering how to build a dog house for your St. John’s Water Dog, following are some easy rules to follow when considering the type of shelter you want to provide for your St. John’s Water Dog.

How to Build a Dog House for Your St. John’s Water Dog: Size

1. You should start your dog house building process by ensuring the house is large enough to accommodate your St. John’s Water Dog’s potential adult size. Humans enjoy having about 2 feet of air overhead in a room in order to live without feeling boxed in. The St. John’s Water Dog will also enjoy having that much room. The comfort zone for both humans and St. John’s Water Dogs is approximately a third of their standing height. To calculate how much space the St. John’s Water Dog will need get out a measuring tape and measure your St. John’s Water Dog. Measure him standing straight up, resting on his haunches and most importantly measure the full dimension of the St. John’s Water Dog when he is in the most relaxed, comfortable, and stretched out position he can get into. Your St. John’s Water Dog should be able to see out the front door when both sitting and standing. So the St. John’s Water Dog will not have to significantly lower his front shoulders or drag his tummy, make sure that entrance is tall enough. Stand above the St. John’s Water Dog and measure the breadth of the broadest point of the animal’s shoulders.

Building a House for Your St. John’s Water Dog: Elevation

2. Remember to elevate the house several inches from the ground to permit air and water to flow below. To discourage pests from invading the dog house, and taking your St. John’s Water Dog’s health into consideration, remember how important fresh air is. Put in a few nickel-sized openings in the walls below the eaves. Put a wind block inside the dog house so the St. John’s Water Dog can use the warmth of its own body to warm up the space if it is very cold or windy outside. Consider adding a partial panel which will help your St. John’s Water Dog to escape the unpleasant weather. Your St. John’s Water Dog can choose to just sleep in the entry room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner room. Your beloved pet would probably love having a pillow or some sort of bedding to sleep on.

Building Your St. John’s Water Dog a Dog House: Weather Resistant

3. To avoid rain entering the house make the floor just a little bit angled in the direction of the entrance and build the roof a little bit on an angle, as well. Make sure 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 make sure the dog house is facing a different direction. Most house blueprints suggest 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 St. John’s Water Dog’s Dog House

5. It is recommended that you place hinges on the roof when you build your St. John’s Water Dog a house. This makes it easier for you to clean your St. John’s Water Dog’s house. You should clean out your St. John’s Water Dog’s house as often as you give your St. John’s Water Dog a bath.

St. John’s Water Dog Dog House: Conclusion

If your St. John’s Water Dog lives outside then he needs to have a pleasant place to sleep and get out of harsh weather. Hopefully these easy tips on building a dog house for the St. John’s Water Dog will help you get going.

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