Steps to Finding the Right Luxury Dog House

 

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Luxury dog houses – who needs them? Well your dog for one. While a luxury dog house may not be  necessity, a dog house in general is, at least if he’s an outdoor dog. The luxury aspect is more of a, well, luxury. So these fancy dog houses are more for people who are apt to design. And people who really want a dog house to not only serve it’s purpose, but also look amazing doing so.

But as luxury dog houses are pricier than regular dog houses, there are some factors which should be considered before making your purchase. This is to make sure that your money’s spent on the right piece of dog furniture.

When you think about it, a dog’s house is more or less the equivalent of a dog crate, which is more or less the equivalent of a dog den. If you have trained your dog in a crate from the time he was a puppy then transitioning your dog to use an outside dog house will be a lot easier. He’ll already be den oriented.

But because his new digs will be outside, you’ll want to spend a bit more time taking steps to review the following: his size, age appearance, climate, how much time will be spent outside, and his outdoor habits. Now let’s begin…

Step 1, your dog’s size…

A dog house ought to be big enough so that your dog can stand up. He should also be able to turn around inside and lay down in his favorite position. But don’t get it big if you want it to provide warmth on colder days. This is especially important for dogs living in colder climates. For those dog living in moderate climates the sizing is not as much of a factor. A rule of thumb for sizing, is to draw a rectangle around your dog while he’s lying down in his usual position. Then create the rectangle 3-inches bigger than this. Make it 5-7 inches higher than your dog’s shoulders.

Step 2, your dog’s age and appearance…

If you’re choosing a luxury dog home for an old dog that you are embracing or a new home for an older dog you already have, then age has a bearing. You’ll want to have a closer look at the comfort and warmth the house can offer. In this case insulated houses are better shelters. You can fit them out with significant dog pads for comfort. When it comes to appearance, fur how furry your dog is makes a difference. A small or sparsely coated dog will need more refuge on cold days than a large and heavily coated breed.

Step 3, the climate…

For those living in climates that are not extreme in either winter or summer, your dog will do well in a house made for all seasons. When it’s the rainy season, many luxury dog houses have easy to attach doors. You can removed these when they’re not needed. However, for the more extreme climates, houses that are insulated work the best for providing a cooler interior during hot summer days; and for retaining warmth in the winter. Additionally, if your dog needs additional climate control, you can hook up a combination heater/air conditioning unit to most doghouses. In areas receiving a lot of snowfall, the slope of the roof is another factor to consider.

Step 4, the amount of time spend outside…

How much time spent outdoors? Determine just how much time your dog goes outdoors. This will have a big influence on the sort of dog house needed and where it is situated in your yard. If there is a dog in his home a great deal, then it is nice to select one having a roof extending over the entry. This is so that he can be sheltered from rain and sun while looking out. Even a deck would be nice. Raised houses are an excellent choice for preventing dampness or water from seeping into the floor; as well as keeping mildew at bay. They’re not so inviting to bugs looking for a home. And you can move them around without leaving an imprint.

Step 5, your dog’s activities…

This measure refers to how messy your dog is while outdoors. Is he one that likes to re-landscape your yard? Or a dog who digs for buried treasure in the mud and then drag it back into his home? In other words, is he a dog that is dirty? Then simplicity of clean-up may be among your priorities if this is your type of dog! And you’ll be happy to know that there are dog houses with roofs that are removable for easier cleaning

As previously mentioned, if you have a dog who likes to spend a lot of time outdoors then you should get him a dog house. For owners who don’t mind spending a little more, luxury dog houses are a great investment. These fancy dog houses have a lot of options to keep your dog happy. And as an added bonus, their high end look with keep you happy as well!

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