How to Build a House for Your Otterhound

Posted by on Mar 3, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Otterhound, Pets | Comments Off on How to Build a House for Your Otterhound

Build a House for Your OtterhoundGreater than 50% of owners permit their Otterhounds to stay inside and sleep on the sofa or in the bed. For those of you who are wondering how to build a dog house for your Otterhound, here are some easy rules to follow when determining the type of house you want to provide for your Otterhound.

How to Build a House for Your Otterhound: Size

1. You should start your dog house building process by making sure the house is big enough to accommodate your Otterhound’s potential mature size. We enjoy having approximately two feet of air overhead in a room in order to live without feeling boxed in. The Otterhound will also enjoy having that much space. The target zone for both humans and Otterhounds is around thrity-three percent of their standing height. To calculate how much room the Otterhound will need go get a measuring tape and measure your Otterhound. Measure him standing straight up, resting on his haunches and above all measure the full dimension of the Otterhound when he is in the most relaxed, comfortable, and stretched out position he can get into. Your Otterhound should be able to look out the front door when both sitting and standing. So the Otterhound will not have to significantly lower his front shoulders or scrape his belly, make sure that door is tall enough. Stand above the Otterhound and measure the width of the broadest point of the animal’s shoulders.

How to Build Your Otterhound a House: Elevation

2. Remember to elevate the dog house several inches from the ground to permit water and air to flow below. To dissuade bugs from entering the dog house, and taking your Otterhound’s health into consideration, remember how important air circulation is. Put in a few nickel-sized openings in the walls under the eaves. Install a wind block inside the house so the Otterhound can use the warmth of its body to heat the space if it is extremely cold or breezy outside. Consider adding a partial panel which will permit your Otterhound to escape the inclement weather. Your animal can decide 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 cushion or some sort of pallet to sleep on.

How to Build a Dog House for Your Otterhound: Weather Resistant

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

4. In the United States most storms come from the south and west so ensure the house faces a different direction. Most house blueprints suggest that the house entrance faces east. The cold air will not be able to rush through the door then.

Add Hinges to the Roof of Your Otterhound’s House

5. It’s suggested that you put hinges on the roof when you build your Otterhound a house. This makes it easier for you to clean your Otterhound’s house. You should clean your Otterhound’s house as often as you give your Otterhound a bath.

Otterhound Dog House: Conclusion

If your Otterhound lives outdoors then he needs to have a suitable place to snooze and get away from harsh weather. Hopefully these easy tips on building a dog house for the Otterhound will help you begin.

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

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