How to Build Your Bernese Mountain Dog a Dog House

Posted by on Mar 15, 2011 in Animal Care, Bernese Mountain Dog, Dogs, Pets | Comments Off on How to Build Your Bernese Mountain Dog a Dog House

Build a House for Your Bernese Mountain DogMore than 50% of owners permit their Bernese Mountain Dogs to stay inside and sleep on their sofa or in the owner’s bed. For those of you who are wondering how to build a dog house for your Bernese Mountain Dog, following are some easy rules to follow when determining what type of house you want to build for your Bernese Mountain Dog.

Building Your Bernese Mountain Dog a House: Size

1. You should start your house building process by making sure the house is big enough to accommodate your Bernese Mountain Dog’s potential adult size. Humans enjoy having approximately 2 feet of air above us in a room to live without feeling claustrophobic. Your Bernese Mountain Dog will probably also enjoy having that much room. The comfort zone for both people and Bernese Mountain Dogs is around 33 percent of their standing height. To calculate how much space the Bernese Mountain Dog will need go get a measuring tape and measure your Bernese Mountain Dog. Measure him standing straight up, resting on his haunches and above all measure the full dimension of the Bernese Mountain Dog when he is in the most relaxed, comfortable, and stretched out position he can get into. Your Bernese Mountain Dog should be able to see out the front entrance when both standing up and sitting. So the Bernese Mountain Dog won’t have to significantly lower his front shoulders or scrape his tummy, make sure that door is high enough. Stand over the Bernese Mountain Dog and measure the breadth of the broadest point of the animal’s shoulders.

Building Your Bernese Mountain Dog a House: Elevation

2. Remember to elevate the house several inches from the ground to permit air and water to flow underneath. To dissuade pests from invading the house, and taking your Bernese Mountain Dog’s health into consideration, remember how important fresh air is. Put in a few nickel-sized holes in the walls below the eaves. Put a wind block inside the house so the Bernese Mountain Dog can use the warmth of its body to heat up the space if it is very cold or breezy outside. Consider adding a partial wall which will help your Bernese Mountain Dog to escape the bad weather. Your Bernese Mountain Dog can decide to just sleep in the front room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner room. Your beloved Bernese Mountain Dog would probably appreciate having a pillow or some sort of bedding to snooze on.

How to Build Your Bernese Mountain Dog a Dog House: Weather Resistant

3. To avoid rain coming into the house make the floor just a little bit tilted toward the entrance and build the roof a bit on an angle, as well. Ensure the dog house is well insulated but you shouldn’t paint the interior.

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

Add Hinges to the Roof of Your Bernese Mountain Dog’s Dog House

5. It’s suggested that you place hinges on the roof when you build your Bernese Mountain Dog a dog house. This makes it easier for you to clean out your Bernese Mountain Dog’s home. You should clean out your Bernese Mountain Dog’s house as often as you give your Bernese Mountain Dog a bath.

Bernese Mountain Dog Dog House: Conclusion

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

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Bernese Mountain Dogs.

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