How to Build a House for Your Australian Shepherd

Posted by on Mar 20, 2011 in Animal Care, Australian Shepherd, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on How to Build a House for Your Australian Shepherd

Build a House for Your Australian ShepherdOver 50% of owners permit their Australian Shepherds to live inside and sleep on their sofa or in the bed. For those of y’all who are wondering how to build a dog house for your Australian Shepherd, here are our easy rules to follow when determining what type of house you want to build for your Australian Shepherd.

How to Build Your Australian Shepherd a Dog House: Size

1. You should begin your house building process by making sure the house is large enough to fit your Australian Shepherd’s potential adult size. People enjoy having around two feet of air overhead in a room to live without feeling boxed in. The Australian Shepherd will probably also appreciate having that much space. The target zone for both people and Australian Shepherds is about 33% of their standing height. To calculate how much space the Australian Shepherd will need get a measuring tape and measure your Australian Shepherd. Measure him standing straight up, resting on his haunches and above all measure the full dimension of the Australian Shepherd when he is in the most stretched out, comfortable, and relaxed position he can get into. Your Australian Shepherd should be able to look out the front door when both sitting and standing. So the Australian Shepherd will not have to significantly lower his front shoulders or scrape his belly, make sure that door is tall enough. Stand above the Australian Shepherd and measure the width of the broadest point of the Australian Shepherd’s shoulders.

Building a House for Your Australian Shepherd: Elevation

2. Don’t forget to elevate the dog house several inches from the ground to allow air and water to flow underneath. To discourage pests from invading the house, and taking your Australian Shepherd’s health into consideration, remember how vital fresh air is. Put in a few nickel-sized holes in the walls underneath the eaves. Install a wind block inside the dog house so the Australian Shepherd can use the heat of its own body to warm the space if it is extremely cold or windy outside. Consider adding a partial panel which will allow your Australian Shepherd to escape the nasty weather. Your Australian Shepherd can choose to just snooze in the front room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner room. Your beloved Australian Shepherd would probably love having a cushion or some sort of bedding to snooze on.

How to Build Your Australian Shepherd a House: Weather Resistant

3. To prevent rain entering the dog house make the floor just a little bit slanted toward the opening and construct the roof a bit angled, as well. Make sure the house is well insulated but you should not paint the inside.

4. In America most storms come from the west and south so make sure the dog house faces a different direction. Most dog house blueprints suggest that the house entrance faces east. The cold air will not be able to whip through the opening then.

Add Hinges to the Roof of Your Australian Shepherd’s House

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

Australian Shepherd Dog House: Conclusion

If your Australian Shepherd stays outside then he needs to have a pleasant place to sleep and get out of harsh weather. Hopefully these straightforward tips on building a dog house for your Australian Shepherd will help you start.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Australian Shepherds.

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