How to Build Your English Setter a Dog House

Posted by on Mar 22, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, English Setter, Pets | Comments Off on How to Build Your English Setter a Dog House

Build a House for Your English SetterOver 50 percent of the population allows their English Setters to live indoors and sleep on their couch or in the bed. For those of y’all who are interested in how to build a dog house for your English Setter, to follow are our simple rules to follow when determining the type of shelter you want to build for your English Setter.

How to Build Your English Setter a House: Size

1. You should start your dog house building process by making sure the house is large enough to accommodate your English Setter’s potential mature size. As humans, we enjoy having around two feet of air overhead in a room to live without feeling boxed in. Your English Setter will also appreciate having that much room. The target zone for both people and English Setters is about a third of their standing height. To calculate how much room the English Setter will need go get a ruler and measure your English Setter. Measure him standing straight up, resting on his haunches and especially measure the full dimension of the English Setter when he is in the most relaxed, comfortable, and stretched out position he can get into. Your English Setter should be able to gaze out the front entrance when both standing up and sitting. So the English Setter won’t have to significantly lower his front shoulders or scrape his belly, make sure that entrance is high enough. Stand above the English Setter and measure the breadth of the widest point of the animal’s shoulders.

Building Your English Setter a House: Elevation

2. Don’t forget to elevate the house several inches from the ground to permit air and water to flow below. To discourage pests from entering the dog house, and taking your English Setter’s health into consideration, remember how important fresh air is. Put in a few nickel-sized openings in the walls underneath the eaves. Put a wind block inside the house so the English Setter can use the heat of its body to warm up the area if it is really cold or windy outside. Think about adding a partial panel which will allow your English Setter to escape the bad weather. Your English Setter can choose to just snooze in the front room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner room. Your beloved English Setter would probably love having a pillow or some sort of bedding to sleep on.

Building a House for Your English Setter: Weather Resistant

3. To avoid rain entering the house make the floor just a bit angled toward the doorway and build the roof a little bit tilted, as well. Ensure the house is well insulated but you shouldn’t paint the interior.

4. In the US most storms come from the south and west so make sure the house is facing a different direction. Most dog house plans recommend that the house entryway faces east. The cold air will not be able to whip through the door then.

Add Hinges to the Roof of Your English Setter’s House

5. It’s suggested that you place hinges on the roof when you build your English Setter a dog house. This makes it easier for you to clean your English Setter’s house. You should clean your English Setter’s house as much as you give your English Setter a bath.

English Setter Dog House: Conclusion

If your English Setter lives outdoors then he deserves to have a pleasant place to sleep and get out of harsh weather. Hopefully these easy tips on building a dog house for your English Setter will help you get started.

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

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