Greater than 50% of the population allows their Groenendaels to live indoors and sleep on the couch or in their owner’s bed. For those of y’all who are wondering how to build a dog house for your Groenendael, following are our simple rules to follow when considering what type of house you want to provide for your Groenendael.
Building a Dog House for Your Groenendael: Size
1. You should begin your house building process by ensuring the house is large enough to fit your Groenendael’s potential adult size. People enjoy having around 2 feet of air overhead in a room to live without feeling boxed in. Your Groenendael will probably also appreciate having that much space. The comfort zone for both people and Groenendaels is approximately 1/3 of their standing height. To calculate how much room the Groenendael will need go get a tape measure and measure your Groenendael. Measure him standing straight up, resting on his haunches and most importantly measure the full dimension of the Groenendael when he is in the most comfortable, relaxed and stretched out position he can get into. Your Groenendael should be able to peer out the front entrance while both sitting and standing. So the Groenendael won’t have to significantly lower his front shoulders or scrape his belly, make sure that entrance is high enough. Stand above the Groenendael and measure the breadth of the widest point of the Groenendael’s shoulders.
How to Build a House for Your Groenendael: Elevation
2. Remember to raise the house several inches from the ground to allow air and water to flow underneath. To discourage pests from entering the dog house, and taking your Groenendael’s health into consideration, remember how important ventilation is. Install a few nickel-sized openings in the panels underneath the eaves. Put a wind block inside the dog house so the Groenendael can use the heat of its body to warm up the area if it is very cold or windy outside. Consider adding a partial panel which will permit your Groenendael to escape the nasty weather. Your Groenendael can choose to just sleep in the front room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner sanctum. Your beloved pet would probably love having a cushion or some sort of bedding to sleep on.
How to Build a House for Your Groenendael: Weather Resistant
3. To avoid rain coming into the dog house make the floor just a little bit slanted in the direction of the opening and construct the roof a bit angled, as well. Ensure the dog house is well insulated but you shouldn’t paint the inside.
4. In the US most storms come from the west and south so ensure the house faces a different direction. Most house blueprints suggest that the house door faces east. The cold air will not be able to whip through the entryway then.
Add Hinges to the Roof of Your Groenendael’s House
5. It’s recommended that you place hinges on the roof when you build your Groenendael a dog house. This makes it easier for you to empty your Groenendael’s home. You should clean the Groenendael’s house as often as you give your Groenendael a bath.
Groenendael Dog House: Conclusion
If your Groenendael stays 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 Groenendael will help you start.
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