How to Build Your Shetland Sheepdog a Dog House

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

Build a House for Your Shetland SheepdogMore than fifty percent of people allows their Shetland Sheepdogs to live indoors and sleep on their couch or in the owner’s bed. For those of y’all who are wondering how to build a dog house for your Shetland Sheepdog, to follow are some easy rules to follow when deciding what type of shelter you want to provide for your Shetland Sheepdog.

How to Build a Dog House for Your Shetland Sheepdog: Size

1. You should begin your house building process by making sure the house is large enough to fit your Shetland Sheepdog’s potential mature size. As humans, we enjoy having about 2 feet of air overhead in a room to live without feeling boxed in. The Shetland Sheepdog will also appreciate having that much room. The comfort zone for both people and Shetland Sheepdogs is about a third of their standing height. To figure out how much room the Shetland Sheepdog will need get a measuring tape and measure your Shetland Sheepdog. Measure him standing straight up, resting on his haunches and above all measure the full dimension of the Shetland Sheepdog when he is in the most relaxed, comfortable, and stretched out position he can get into. Your Shetland Sheepdog should be able to look out the front entrance while both sitting and standing. So the Shetland Sheepdog won’t have to significantly lower his front shoulders or drag his belly, make sure that door is high enough. Stand above the Shetland Sheepdog and measure the width of the widest point of the animal’s shoulders.

How to Build a Dog House for Your Shetland Sheepdog: Elevation

2. Don’t forget to raise the dog house several inches from the ground to permit air and water to flow underneath. To dissuade pests from invading the house, and taking your Shetland Sheepdog’s health into consideration, remember how vital ventilation is. Install a few nickel-sized openings in the walls under the eaves. Put a wind block inside the house so the Shetland Sheepdog can use the heat of its own body to warm up the area if it is extremely cold or windy outside. Think about adding a partial wall which will allow your Shetland Sheepdog to escape the inclement weather. Your Shetland Sheepdog can decide to just sleep in the entry room or go around the inner archway maze wall into the inner sanctum. Your beloved Shetland Sheepdog would probably love having a pillow or some sort of pallet to snooze on.

Building a Dog House for Your Shetland Sheepdog: Weather Resistant

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

Add Hinges to the Roof of Your Shetland Sheepdog’s House

5. It’s recommended that you place hinges on the roof when you build your Shetland Sheepdog a house. This makes it easier for you to clean out your Shetland Sheepdog’s house. You should empty out your Shetland Sheepdog’s house as frequently as you give your Shetland Sheepdog a bath.

Shetland Sheepdog Dog House: Conclusion

If your Shetland Sheepdog stays outside then he deserves to have a comfortable place to snooze and get out of harsh weather. Hopefully these straightforward tips on building a dog house for the Shetland Sheepdog will help you start.

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