How to Build a House for Your Hokkaido

Posted by on Mar 25, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Hokkaido, Pets | Comments Off on How to Build a House for Your Hokkaido

Build a House for Your HokkaidoOver fifty percent of the population permit their Hokkaidos to stay inside and sleep on their sofa or in their owner’s bed. For those of you who are interested in how to build a dog house for your Hokkaido, below are our simple rules to follow when considering the type of shelter you want to build for your Hokkaido.

How to Build Your Hokkaido a House: Size

1. You should begin your house building process by ensuring the house is large enough to accommodate your Hokkaido’s potential adult size. As humans, we enjoy having around 2 feet of air overhead in a room in order to live without feeling boxed in. Your Hokkaido will probably also enjoy having that much space. The target zone for both humans and Hokkaidos is approximately 33% of their standing height. To figure out how much space the Hokkaido will need go get a ruler and measure your Hokkaido. Measure him standing straight up, resting on his haunches and most importantly measure the full dimension of the Hokkaido when he is in the most stretched out, comfortable, and relaxed position he can get into. Your Hokkaido should be able to peer out the front door while both sitting and standing. So the Hokkaido will not have to significantly lower his front shoulders or drag his stomach, make sure that door is high enough. Stand over the Hokkaido and measure the breadth of the widest point of the animal’s shoulders.

Building a House for Your Hokkaido: Elevation

2. Don’t forget to raise the house several inches from the ground to allow water and air to flow below. To dissuade bugs from entering the dog house, and taking your Hokkaido’s health into consideration, remember how vital air circulation is. Install a few nickel-sized openings in the walls under the eaves. Put a wind block inside the dog house so the Hokkaido can use the warmth of its body to warm the area if it is extremely cold or windy outside. Consider adding a partial wall which will allow your Hokkaido to escape the unpleasant weather. Your animal can decide to just snooze in the front room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner sanctum. Your beloved pet would probably appreciate having a cushion or some sort of bedding to sleep on.

How to Build Your Hokkaido a House: Weather Resistant

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

4. In the US most storms come from the west and south so ensure the dog house faces a different direction. Most house plans suggest that the dog house entryway faces east. The cold air will not be able to whip through the opening then.

Add Hinges to the Roof of Your Hokkaido’s House

5. It is recommended that you put hinges on the roof when you build your Hokkaido a dog house. This makes it easier for you to empty your Hokkaido’s house. You should empty your Hokkaido’s house as often as you give your Hokkaido a bath.

Hokkaido Dog House: Conclusion

If your Hokkaido stays outdoors then he needs to have a comfortable place to snooze and get out of harsh weather. Hopefully these straightforward tips on building a dog house for the Hokkaido will help you get started.

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

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