How to Build Your Old English Sheepdog a Dog House

Posted by on Mar 9, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Old English Sheepdog, Pets | Comments Off on How to Build Your Old English Sheepdog a Dog House

Build a House for Your Old English SheepdogOver 50% of people allows their Old English Sheepdogs to stay indoors and sleep on the couch or in the bed. For those of you who are wondering how to build a dog house for your Old English Sheepdog, below are some simple rules to follow when determining the type of shelter you want to provide for your Old English Sheepdog.

Building a Dog House for Your Old English Sheepdog: Size

1. You should start your dog house building process by making sure the house is big enough to fit your Old English Sheepdog’s potential mature size. As humans, we enjoy having around two feet of air above us in a room to live without feeling boxed in. Your Old English Sheepdog will probably also enjoy having that much room. The target zone for both humans and Old English Sheepdogs is around 1/3 of their standing height. To figure out how much space the Old English Sheepdog will need go get a ruler and measure your Old English Sheepdog. Measure him standing straight up, sitting on his haunches and especially measure the full dimension of the Old English Sheepdog when he is in the most comfortable, relaxed and stretched out position he can get into. Your Old English Sheepdog should be able to peer out the front door while both standing up and sitting. So the Old English Sheepdog will not have to significantly lower his front shoulders or scrape his belly, make sure that door is tall enough. Stand over the Old English Sheepdog and measure the width of the widest point of the animal’s shoulders.

How to Build Your Old English Sheepdog a Dog House: Elevation

2. Remember to raise the house several inches from the ground to permit water and air to flow below. To dissuade bugs from entering the house, and taking your Old English Sheepdog’s health into consideration, remember how vital fresh air is. Put in a few nickel-sized holes in the panels under the eaves. Install a wind block inside the house so the Old English Sheepdog can use the heat of its own body to heat up the space if it is extremely cold or windy outside. Consider adding a partial wall which will allow your Old English Sheepdog to escape the inclement weather. Your animal can decide to just snooze in the entry room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner room. Your beloved pet would probably love having a pillow or some sort of bedding to snooze on.

Building a Dog House for Your Old English Sheepdog: Weather Resistant

3. To prevent rain coming into the house make the floor just a little bit tilted in the direction of the opening and construct the roof a bit slanted, as well. Make sure 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 make sure the house is facing a different direction. Most dog house plans recommend that the dog house entryway faces east. The cold air won’t be able to whip through the entrance then.

Add Hinges to the Roof of Your Old English Sheepdog’s Dog House

5. It is recommended that you place hinges on the roof when you build your Old English Sheepdog a house. This makes it simpler for you to clean your Old English Sheepdog’s home. You should clean the Old English Sheepdog’s house as frequently as you give your Old English Sheepdog a bath.

Old English Sheepdog Dog House: Conclusion

If your Old English Sheepdog stays outside then he needs to have a suitable place to snooze and get away from harsh weather. Hopefully these straightforward tips on building a dog house for your Old English Sheepdog will help you get started.

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

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