How to Build Your Italian Greyhound a Dog House

Posted by on Mar 2, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Italian Greyhound, Pets | Comments Off on How to Build Your Italian Greyhound a Dog House

Build a House for Your Italian GreyhoundMore than 50% of owners allows their Italian Greyhounds to stay indoors and sleep on their sofa or in their owner’s bed. For those of you who are interested in how to build a dog house for your Italian Greyhound, below are some easy rules to follow when deciding the type of shelter you want to build for your Italian Greyhound.

How to Build a Dog House for Your Italian Greyhound: Size

1. You should start your house building process by ensuring the house is big enough to accommodate your Italian Greyhound’s potential adult size. Humans enjoy having about two feet of air overhead in a room to live without feeling claustrophobic. Your Italian Greyhound will also appreciate having that much room. The target zone for both people and Italian Greyhounds is about 33% of their standing height. To calculate how much space the Italian Greyhound will need get out a ruler and measure your Italian Greyhound. Measure him standing straight up, sitting on his haunches and especially measure the full dimension of the Italian Greyhound when he is in the most comfortable, relaxed and stretched out position he can get into. Your Italian Greyhound should be able to gaze out the front entrance while both standing up and sitting. So the Italian Greyhound won’t have to significantly lower his front shoulders or scrape his stomach, make sure that entrance is tall enough. Stand above the Italian Greyhound and measure the breadth of the widest point of the Italian Greyhound’s shoulders.

Building Your Italian Greyhound a House: Elevation

2. Remember to raise the house several inches from the ground to permit water and air to flow underneath. To dissuade pests from invading the house, and taking your Italian Greyhound’s health into consideration, remember how vital fresh air is. Install a few nickel-sized openings in the walls below the eaves. Put a wind block inside the dog house so the Italian Greyhound can use the warmth of its own body to heat the space if it is extremely cold or windy outside. Consider adding a partial wall which will help your Italian Greyhound to escape the bad weather. Your Italian Greyhound can decide to just snooze in the front room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner sanctum. Your beloved Italian Greyhound would probably love having a cushion or some sort of pallet to snooze on.

How to Build a Dog House for Your Italian Greyhound: Weather Resistant

3. To prevent rain entering the house make the floor just a bit angled toward the entryway and build the roof a bit angled, as well. Ensure the dog house is well insulated but you should not paint the inside.

4. In the United States 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 won’t be able to whip through the entrance then.

Add Hinges to the Roof of Your Italian Greyhound’s House

5. It is suggested that you place hinges on the roof when you build your Italian Greyhound a house. This makes it easier for you to empty your Italian Greyhound’s home. You should clean your Italian Greyhound’s house as often as you give your Italian Greyhound a bath.

Italian Greyhound Dog House: Conclusion

If your Italian Greyhound stays outdoors then he deserves to have a comfortable place to sleep and get out of harsh weather. Hopefully these simple tips on building a dog house for the Italian Greyhound will help you get started.

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

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