Before you start a dog, it is worth considering where the animal will live. A self-built dog house will delight your friend. You can make a comfortable home for your pet from the simplest materials at hand in a short time. It is necessary to choose the right sizes of dwellings for the dog so that the animal feels comfortable and protected at any time of the year, whether it be autumn, winter or hot summer. Self-made booth for a pet will become an additional decoration of the site.
Location of the booth on the site: basic rules
They choose a place for a doghouse thoroughly, because here the animal will spend more than one year of its life. The location should be convenient for both the owner and the animal, and must comply with certain rules:
- the booth is located next to the front door of the house,
- from the side of the kennel, the entrance to the site and most of the yard should be clearly visible,
- it is necessary to take into account the direction of the wind so that the kennel is not purged
- the place should be well lit, but located next to the shady area, that’s where the dog will rest from the heat,
- it’s better to have housing for the pet farther from the pond, pool, well, otherwise excessive moisture can accumulate under the doghouse, which will bring discomfort to the animal,
- next to flower beds and flower beds, it’s also better not to have a booth; the animal can inadvertently harm them.
Dog box sizes
At the first stage of building housing for the dog, you need to determine its size. They depend on the size of the pet. An animal can be one of 3 types.
Practice has shown that the following parameters are suitable for each type of dog:
- The size of the booth for small dogs, such as a pug, terrier or spaniel, is 55 cm wide, 70 cm long and 60 cm high. The size of the hole is 30 by 40 cm.
- For animals of medium dimensions, such as shar pei, foxhound or basset hound, the dimensions of the booth are 75 cm wide, 120 cm long and 80 cm high. The size of the hole is 35 by 50 cm.
- Doghouse for dogs of large breeds, which include Alabai, Sennenhund or Dalmatian, width 100 cm, length 140 cm and heights 95 cm, size of the hole 40-50 by 60 cm.
Not always the real size of the animal and the table matches. If the booth is made for a puppy who is still growing, you can use table measurements.
The dimensions of the booth vary depending on the actual dimensions of the animal. Some animals have non-standard dimensions, in such cases it is better to conduct individual measurements. The chest of the pet should pass freely into the hole. The Alabai breed is distinguished by its large dimensions. The dimensions and drawing of the booth for alabai are determined only after taking measurements from the animal.
When making calculations, the manhole should measure the dog’s chest and add 5-8 cm. The manhole height is equal to a value that is less than 5 cm of the animal’s height at the withers. The maximum depth and vertical size make 5 - 8 cm more than the growth of the dog at the withers.
What material is better to make a booth
The owner of the animal is determined with the dimensions of the structure and its location. First, the material for construction is selected. Next, calculate the need for building material.
You need to decide which materials are suitable for creating a pet housing, and which are not:
- Materials coated with varnish or paint are heated in the sun and give off an unpleasant odor. They can cause allergies in animals.
- Metal structures bring discomfort to the animal in the hot and cold season. The metal heats up in the sun and the kennel will be too hot. In winter, the pet will be very cold in such housing.
- Do not make a roof of slate. This material is harmful to the health of both humans and animals.
- It is better to refuse from warming with expanded polystyrene, polyurethane or various types of pressed cotton wool. These materials emit odors, which reduces the pet's smell and allergies.
- A box of pressed wooden panels quickly loses its strength, and in winter it can even fall apart.
After making the booth, it must be carefully inspected. In no case should self-tapping screws, nails or wood burrs stick inside. Sharp, sticky objects can injure your pet.
For the manufacture of housing for dogs, boards from coniferous trees are best suited: pine, spruce, cedar. To warm the kennels, natural materials are used that will not cause allergies in the animal. The roof is made of metal or of ondulin. A mattress stuffed with sawdust or straw is laid on the floor, it will be comfortable and warm for the animal to sleep on such bedding.
Canopy for the dog with a canopy
The canopy booth is suitable for large guard dogs. The canopy protects the animal from rain and snow, but at the same time allows it to calmly guard the site. The area under the canopy should be the same size as the kennel itself or slightly larger so that the entire body of the animal can fit on it.
Shelter housing is sure to appeal to the following dog breeds:
When drawing a booth for a shepherd dog or any other large breed, be sure to take into account the canopy.
How to build a dog house for the winter
There are different opinions about the warming of the doghouse for the winter. Some pet owners believe that only smooth-haired dogs need a warm booth. It is worth remembering that a harsh winter involves great frosts and the animal will be cold even with long hair. Therefore, for the comfort of a pet, the booth is insulated.
Winter dog kennel is insulated inside and out. They insulate the floor, and use blinds for the manhole. To housing for the pet was warmer, it is installed on the logs. For internal insulation of walls and floors using felt or batting. For external insulation, foam is taken. The shutter to the hole is made of a dense and durable fabric or silicone.
Laz is the main source of cold air entering the dog’s house, it must be protected with a curtain.
If you decide to make a do-it-yourself booth for a husky, it’s better to make it bigger. The animal loves space and in the winter he enjoys spending time in the snow, in a close doghouse it will be too hot. Do not use litter on the floor or lay very thin. A not-so-dense fabric hanging well through the air is hung on the hole.
Like husky dogs, husky breeds are preferred. For the manufacture of a do-it-yourself husky box, the drawings and dimensions can be used the same as for the husky. The straw litter in the kennel is quite suitable for this breed. Insulation for the booth is better to choose air-permeable, pets of this breed can not stand the stuffiness.
Malamutes also love fresh, cool air in the winter. The dimensions of the malamute booth are the same as for husky and husky booths, all three breeds belong to the middle group.
A booth for a heat-loving labrador should be well insulated. The animal will not refuse warm litter either. The dimensions of the booth for the Labrador should be selected optimally. In a too large kennel, the dog will freeze, in a small one it will be crowded and uncomfortable. For heat-loving breeds such as the Golden Retriever, Dalmatian, Beagle and for Drathaar, the size of the booth is also very important.
Step-by-step instructions for making a dog house with your own hands
First make a drawing. The dimensions in the drawing should correspond to the actual dimensions of the kennel. For step-by-step instructions, a drawing of a box for a dachshund or a yagd terrier is selected. These breeds belong to a small group. For medium and large breeds, sizes are increased according to the table.
For the manufacture of the construction you will need: a hacksaw, a hammer, metal corners, nails and screws.
- The base is 90 by 70 cm in size. 2 beams 70 cm long are taken and boards are fixed on them, 90 cm long.
- Niche for insulation. We need a beam with a cross section of 50 by 50 cm. Saw it into 2 bars 90 cm long and two 60 cm long. The bars are fixed on the base.
- Do-it-yourself warming the dog house. The insulation is cut out and tightly fixed to the base.
- Floor. The comfort of the animal depends on its quality. You need boards 90 cm long, they are fixed with screws at the base.
- Side walls. Two side walls are needed. For walls, the dimensions of the board are 65 and the beams are 40 cm. The walls are fixed at the base of the floor with the help of corners and screws.
- Front and back walls. You will need boards 70 cm long and 40 cm long bars. Leave room for the manhole on the front wall. The animal must pass freely through the hole.
- Fixing all the walls.
- Insulation on the walls of the booth.
- Internal wall cladding.
- Fixing the roof to the walls.
- Fastening the bars under the insulation.
- The insulation is well leveled and fixed at the base.
- Covering the ends of the roof with boards. A pitched roof is made at a slope so that the water glass during rain. A gable roof is suitable for large breeds of dogs. It will increase the internal dimensions of the booth for malamute, alabai, bulldog, rottweiler or other breed.
- Upholstery with roof insulation boards.
- Roof covering with roofing material.
It is better to choose a roof covering from non-metallic material, the chain will rattle on the metal coating.
After completing work, carefully inspect the box and remove all unnecessary from it. There should be no sharp and sharp objects, especially if the booth is for a puppy, and not for an adult dog.
After the kennel is made, installed and a permanent tenant settled in it, you need to know how to care for it. You need to regularly clean the pet's house. It is advisable to do the cleaning monthly. In the summer, carry out disinfection once a month, and in other seasons of the year - once a season.
For the convenience of cleaning and disinfection, you can make a booth with a removable or hinged roof.
In the process of cleaning, remove scraps, gnawed toys, treat the walls and floor with parasites. The dog should not be allowed into the booth until the solution has dried.
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If you are going to get a dog or if you already have a pet, then your four-legged friend needs his own corner in which he will relax, hide from the weather and keep warm on a cold winter night. The article tells about the options for making a dog booth - its dimensions, materials used, construction stages, drawings. Examples of beautiful and practical finished designs are given - interesting ideas for design.
A dog house is her house, which protects the animal from the weather and allows it to retire, and it must be reliable.
First you need to decide on such parameters of the kennel as its width, height and depth. The size of the doghouse is completely dependent on the size of your pet. If the kennel is small, then the animal in it will be stuffy and cramped, but if on the contrary, it is cold. To determine the depth, you need to measure the distance from the nose of the dog to its tail. To determine the height, measure the height of the animal at the withers and 5 centimeters are added to the result. The height of the manhole is 5 centimeters greater, and to determine its width, the dog’s chest is measured and 5 centimeters are added to the resulting figure.
The image clearly shows how to take measurements, as well as the size of the booth for some dog breeds.
The size of the booth depends on the size of the future owner of the house
Material selection and insulation
In most cases, a doghouse is made of wood, because in the summer heat it remains cool, and in winter cold it is warm. Especially if you fit wooden boards closely without gaps and crevices. In addition, wood is an absolutely harmless material. A quality dog booth made of timber will last at least 6-7 years, without losing appearance.
Brick and concrete booths are far from the best option. Of course, they conduct heat well, but in summer it is unbearably hot in them, and cold in winter. And most often, animals prefer to sleep outdoors than in such a kennel.
To save money, you can choose a kennel from plywood and fiberboard. But since plywood is thinner than wood, to build a warm doghouse, you will need more than one layer of material.
Foam, mineral wool, or other suitable material is usually used for insulation. The main thing is not to overdo it when polystyrene insulation, as it is airtight. Due to the lack of fresh air, the dog will not want to be in such a kennel, especially if you curtain a hole. In addition, do not forget that the floor and roof of the booth should also be insulated. But here, the insulation layer should not be too large. To prevent wind blowing into the kennel in winter, a dense fabric is cut over the hole, cut into wide strips.
An example of a booth with an attached “dining table”
On our site you can find the most popular projects of "small forms" for a country house - from construction companies represented at the exhibition of houses "Low-Rise Country".
The roof in doghouses is gable or shed. A doghouse with a pitched roof is more popular, as dogs are very pleased to be on it. In addition, the smaller the area of the room, the faster the air heats up in it. And given that there is no heating in the kennel, and the air is heated by the heat generated by the dog’s body, it will be warmer in such a booth in winter. The material used is wood. Roofs made of metal materials are not popular, because in the heat it glows, and in the cold it does not retain heat at all. The roof slope is installed in the opposite direction from the entrance. This is to ensure that during rainfall water does not fall into the kennel. The angle of inclination of such a roof should be at least 5-10 degrees.
Also, sometimes a ceiling is built in the booth, and a gable roof is above. In addition, then there is the opportunity to make it removable or equip it with a closet. It will be possible to store your favorite toys in it, and such a structure will simplify cleaning and disinfection. This trick is used by those who outwardly do not like pitched roofs. The angle of the gable roof can vary from 5 to 60 degrees.
Wooden doghouse with a gable roof
Step-by-step assembly of a shed roof kennel
The base for the floor is knocked out of the beams on a flat surface and sheathed the resulting frame with boards or sheets of plywood.
Next, you need to turn the assembled structure with the bars up and tightly lay the foam or mineral wool between them. The thickness of the insulation material will depend on the parameters of the wooden blocks. Next, the frame is closed with boards and firmly fixed with screws. The floor for the booth is ready.
For the next stage, you need to take 4 bars measuring 10 by 10 centimeters, the length of 2 of them will be equal to the height of the kennel, and the other 2 - 10-12 cm longer than the previous bars. They are installed in the corners of the base, on the one hand short, and on the opposite side longer. This arrangement of the bars is necessary for the formation of a slope of the roof. Additional bars are installed between the corners in the center of each of the walls, as well as on both sides of the future manhole. To fix the bars use angles and screws, and to check the vertical position of the bars - level.
Approximate dimensions of a shed roof: rear part below the facade
On our site you can find contacts of construction companies that offer the service of building not only country houses, but also any associated turnkey buildings. You can talk directly with representatives by visiting the Low-Rise Country exhibition of houses.
For covering the outer surface using a lining or plywood. They insulate the walls in the same way as the floor of the kennel. At this stage, special attention should be paid to ensure that no nails or self-tapping screws remain inside the booth, otherwise this may harm the health of your pet.
The roof is built in the same way as the base of the booth. But there is one difference, the roof should be a little larger in size. The resulting structure is installed on a booth and fixed. To ensure water resistance, the roof is covered with slate or roofing material from above.
Outside, the surface of the kennel is treated with impregnation, inside this can not be done so as not to harm the health of the dog. The floor is covered with roofing material.
The booth is installed on a well-lit, level place with a great overview near the house.
When installing a booth, you need to remember that it must be protected from drafts
Step-by-step assembly of a gable roof booth
For the construction of the floor frame, 4 bars are used. Then, in the corners, another 4 bars are vertically driven in with a length equal to the height of the booth. At the end of this stage, the vertical columns are connected by 4 more bars.
To build a gable roof, rafters are used. To do this, take 2 wooden blocks and fasten them together at an angle of 40-45 degrees. According to this principle, 2 rafters are made, which are fixed on both sides of the booth. Then they are connected among themselves by a ridge run, which should protrude 20 cm in front of the kennel. In order to better understand the gable roof device, use the drawing.
Gable roof drawing. 1 - rafters, 2 - transverse mount, 3 - Mauerlat, 4 - ridge run.
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Так же, как и при сборке конуры с односкатной крышей, для обшивки используют вагонку или фанеру, а пол покрывают рубероидом. При необходимости для подставки можно использовать брусья.
Для обшивки кровли ее необходимо снять и внутреннюю сторону оббить фанерой. Then the roof is turned over, and a glassine is fixed on top of the plywood, on which the insulating material is laid. In order for the roof to be easily removed and put in place, grooves for nails are drilled in the gables.
To make the roof of the booth waterproof, its surface is covered with roofing material.
Drawing of a doghouse with a gable roof
Building a brick booth
A brick booth is distinguished by its strength and durability. Such a kennel is suitable for a large dog. The material for the construction of such a booth can serve as cinder blocks, bricks and foam blocks. Stages of building a brick kennel:
First you need to clear and level the area under the booth. Then they dig a trench under the foundation of about 250x250 mm, which is poured with concrete and left for several days.
When laying out the walls, it is necessary to carefully monitor the level and compliance with right angles in the structure. For the manhole, the right amount of bricks is passed in width. When the masonry reaches the height of the hole, a wooden beam is necessarily laid across. On top of it continue to lay bricks already full.
To warm such a booth inside, its walls and floor must be beaten with wood.
A wooden floor is installed on the roof and a slate roof is installed on it.
A booth for two dogs is an excellent option for owners of two pets at once. It means 2 separate "rooms" under one roof. Most of these booths are one-story with 2 different entrances. Inside, an oblong kennel is divided in half by means of a vertical partition. In general, the assembly and insulation of such a booth is not much different from an ordinary kennel.
A “house” for two owners is going the same way, but there is a partition between the two “rooms”
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Beautiful and original dog kennels: examples in photos and videos
A small castle can "settle" on the site
For lovers of fairy tales - a house for gnomes
Modern “mansion” for a pet with panoramic windows
Stone "house" with doors, window and street lamp
Even a doghouse can become a flower bed
So that the pet does not hurt that his house is worse than the owner, you can build him the same in miniature
If a wooden barrel is “littered” in the bins, and it can become a home for the dog
Two-storey cottage with a balcony and a staircase
You don’t have to go to Spain, but create it in miniature on your own site
You can also make a pet for privacy for your pet - the frame of the old TV will do just fine
Full house with gable roofs and windows
For a summer vacation, a plastic "yurt" may be suitable, but it is better to put it in the shade
Fancy dog kennels
If the site on which the booth will be placed is made in one style, everything is thought out and designed in accordance with all the rules of landscape design, then an ordinary kennel for a pet will not work. Mastering a dog house with your own hands, you can turn on the imagination to come up with something unusual. You can build a structure of unusual shape or decorate a perfect ordinary house. Any improvised materials are suitable for decoration, you can also make wood carvings.
Decorating a house for an animal, it is also worth considering the individual characteristics of the pet and its nature. A self-decorated booth for a Rottweiler, Great Dane, Bulldog, boxer or pit bull, it must correspond to the fighting qualities of these breeds. Do not make ridiculous decorations in the form of flowers or funny faces. For such serious breeds, jewelry in a simple style, emphasizing the nature of the breed, is suitable.
Original dog kennels are a trend of several seasons. If you try, you can make a comfortable and unusual house for the envy of all neighbors.