How to Build a House for Your St. Bernard

Posted by on Mar 19, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, St. Bernard | Comments Off on How to Build a House for Your St. Bernard

Build a House for Your St. BernardGreater than 50% of people permit their St. Bernards to live indoors and sleep on their couch or in their owner’s bed. For those of you who are wanting to know how to build a dog house for your St. Bernard, following are our easy rules to follow when deciding what type of house you want to build for your St. Bernard.

How to Build a Dog House for Your St. Bernard: Size

1. You should start your house building process by ensuring the house is large enough to accommodate your St. Bernard’s potential mature size. Humans enjoy having around two feet of air overhead in a room to live without feeling claustrophobic. Your St. Bernard will probably also enjoy having that much space. The target zone for both humans and St. Bernards is approximately a third of their standing height. To calculate how much space the St. Bernard will need get out a tape measure and measure your St. Bernard. Measure him standing straight up, sitting on his haunches and especially measure the full dimension of the St. Bernard when he is in the most stretched out, comfortable, and relaxed position he can get into. Your St. Bernard should be able to look out the front door when both standing up and sitting. So the St. Bernard will not have to significantly lower his front shoulders or scrape his stomach, make sure that entrance is high enough. Stand above the St. Bernard and measure the width of the broadest point of the animal’s shoulders.

How to Build a House for Your St. Bernard: Elevation

2. Don’t forget to elevate the dog house several inches from the ground to permit water and air to flow below. To discourage bugs from entering the dog house, and taking your St. Bernard’s health into consideration, remember how important air circulation is. Install a few nickel-sized openings in the panels under the eaves. Put a wind block inside the house so the St. Bernard can use the warmth of its body to heat the area if it is extremely cold or windy outside. Consider adding a partial wall which will permit your St. Bernard to escape the inclement weather. Your St. Bernard can choose to just sleep in the entry room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner sanctum. Your beloved St. Bernard would probably appreciate having a cushion or some sort of pallet to snooze on.

How to Build a House for Your St. Bernard: Weather Resistant

3. To avoid rain coming into the house make the floor just a bit tilted in the direction of the entryway and construct the roof a little bit tilted, as well. Make sure the house is well insulated but you should not paint the interior.

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

Add Hinges to the Roof of Your St. Bernard’s House

5. It’s suggested that you put hinges on the roof when you build your St. Bernard a dog house. This makes it simpler for you to empty your St. Bernard’s home. You should clean out your St. Bernard’s house as much as you give your St. Bernard a bath.

St. Bernard Dog House: Conclusion

If your St. Bernard stays outdoors then he needs to have a suitable place to sleep and get out of harsh weather. Hopefully these straightforward tips on building a dog house for your St. Bernard will help you begin.

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

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