Dog House Building And Buying Guide

Dog owners have to consider several factors when buying or building a house for their pets. As a true member of your own family, providing your pet with the best home possible is of the utmost importance.

i. Size

A German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Rottweiler and other large dogs should have large houses, while the Chihuahua and smaller breeds will need smaller houses. The door of the house does not need to be based on the height of the dog from the ground to the top of its head, or even taller, as it will lower its head to be able to enter the house. The width of the door should be just enough to accommodate the dog. These height and width measurements can be adjusted if there is a physical requirement to do so. The house should also be large enough for the dog to stand at full height inside, move around and lie down. Owners should remember that a larger-than-needed home will compromise the dog’s retention of body heat during the winter or colder months.

ii. Weather Conditions

Some dog houses are made with hinged roofs, a feature that allows owners to raise the roof during hot and humid weather. This flexibility provides adequate air flow to flush out warm air and allow fresh or cool air to enter. In some cases, these roofs can also be lowered, creating a smaller space for the dog and enhancing its ability to retain heat during rainy or cold weather. Asphalt shingles should be used only if there is an adequate insulation barrier separating the roof from the main area of the house. Many house models also come with slanted roofs, ensuring that water drains away during rainy days. Owners should avoid building or buying houses with barn-type or peak-style roofs, as these would attract hornets, wasps and other insects and prevent heat retention. Another option is wind walls, which can be inserted into the dog house to break the wind and keep the house warmer. The house should also be a reasonable distance off the ground to keep it dry. For owners with bigger budgets, some house manufacturers offer provisions for heaters and air-conditioners. These climate control systems help ensure comfort for the dog regardless of weather conditions.

iii. Doors

The front door of the dog house should be located to one side instead of in the middle. This will prevent the dog from being directly exposed to extreme weather conditions and other harsh environmental elements. Some models are designed with removable doors, or with no doors at all. Using a door will help keep the dog house warmer during cold months. An awning type cover can also be used over the opening for added shade and protection.

iv. Easy To Clean And Maintain

– Removable or adjustable roofs
– Doors, partitions
– Wind walls
– Flexibility in cleaning
– Restrict use of paint, stains, or water sealers for the outside of the house

v. Use Wood

Plastic and metal houses are not a good idea, as they are either too hot during summertime or too cold during the winter. Some market experts say that houses made from natural western red cedar wood offer the best insulation for dogs during winter while making them cooler during summer. Red cedar wood oils are also natural repellants of ticks, fleas and termites. Houses made from this material are also maintenance-free on the outside, although owners have a choice of finishing it to complement their property. Sprinkling red cedar wood chips or shavings in the bedding also helps prevent infestation. Owners should also remember that wooden roofs help cut down heat build-up from the sun while helping to maintain reasonable heat retention levels.

vi. Keep The Dog House Elevated

For legless houses, the owner must remember that having it directly on the ground increases the likelihood that the pet would be exposed to cold and wet weather. This also raises the possibility of infestation from flea eggs that hatch in the soil. The owner can use bricks, rocks or stones arranged in a level and stable manner to elevate the house. The elevation will allow air to flow beneath the house and prevent moisture from forming at the bottom.

Doggie Hygiene

Washing your dog is important, but not as important as some people think. Healthy dogs actually don’t need to be washed all that often, but humans prefer to bathe them so that they have a more pleasing smell and appearance. Doggie bath time is a good time to spend with the dog, however. Although most of them don’t like to be washed, they will appreciate the contact and attention that they receive from their owners during a bath. It is also a good time to perform some other necessary “dog maintenance” such as cleaning the ears, checking for ticks and fleas, and brushing the teeth. Since many dogs do not like to sit still for any of these activities, it can be a good idea to do them all at once. Your pup need some play time some fun doggie ball toys  will keep them having fun outdoors.

Brushing Dogs’ Teeth

Brushing your dogs’ teeth is just good dental hygiene. Most vets recommend that it be done at least twice a week to ensure your dog maintains healthy teeth and gums. If you’ve not been doing this (and, unfortunately, many people don’t) it’s never too late to start. The dog should have its own toothbrush and special toothpaste designed for dogs. Make sure you brush the back teeth in small circles, the same way you would your own, and brush up and down the length of the “pointy” canine teeth. Dog toothpaste is made to have a pleasing taste (for the dog, don’t try it yourself) and this should make the dog willing to let you perform this activity.

Checking for Ticks & Fleas

Ticks are nasty little arachnids (they’re eight-legged creatures like spiders, and therefore are not insects) that will latch onto your dog’s skin and make its blood their meal ticket. They are most common in wooded areas, but your dog should be checked for them regularly because they can carry a number of diseases. The best place to look for these bugs in under the collar or on the dog’s underbelly, buried in the fur. If found they can be removed with tweezers.

Fleas can be found in the same places, under the fur. The presence of fleas can be betrayed by the sight of their droppings on the dog’s coat. They look like flecks of pepper. The fleas themselves look like bits of brown rice. They’re about an eighth of an inch long. They can’t simply be picked off of the dog like ticks can, but finding them will let you know its time to start the dog on a program to control and eliminate the insects.

Cleaning the Ears

Pet supply stores sell special solutions for cleansing a dog’s ears. Dogs can easily get ear mites, small insects which live in the ears and feed of the waxy secretions there. Over time the bodies of these short-lived creatures build up and form a black, dirty substance. Using a cotton swab dipped in a bit of this solution, gently clean the inner ear. It may be difficult to hold the dog still for this procedure, but it doesn’t take long. And the result will be clean ears and the avoidance of potential infection and earaches in the dog.

How to Fix Dog Urine Spots on Lawns: Get Rid of Pee and Odor


If you have a dog, you may have noticed how your pup likes to leave “pee spots” on the lawn. This is not only frustrating for pet owners, but it also leaves an awful smell in the yard and can cause discoloration of grass. Luckily, there are many ways to get rid of urine smells and stains so that your property is left clean again. Here are some tips to help keep your lawn looking its best this summer!

Hose down pee spot as soon as possible when it happens with fresh water-the sooner you get the urine off before it dries, the better chance you’ll be able to remove all traces of odor from both grass and concrete areas where dogs like to go potty.

Why Dog Urine Burns Grass

Dogs are man’s best friend and love your lawn just as much, but their urine has a nasty side-effect. Not only does dog pee leave burned patches of grass in its wake due to the high nitrogen content, it can also be hard on sensitive gardens like those belonging to female dogs who have been unfairly accused for ruining green yards all too often because they produce more concentrated urine than males do.

Female dogs are usually blamed when male pets come running out with burnt spots where there once was healthy turfgrass after urinating everywhere; however, research shows that both sexes have an equal amount of noxious compounds present in their urinary tract which is what leaves behind bad consequences for any homeowners looking forward to lush greenery!

Don’t let your dog’s pee burn the grass! All dogs can get into trouble with urine, but male and female puppies need to be watched for urinating in one concentrated area because they might cause an electrical fire from their urine. Male or female pups that squat when they pee are more likely to create a hazardous situation than larger dogs who lift their leg while doing it.

One thing about owning a dog is you have to constantly be on the lookout for those pesky urine spots. It can really damage your lawn if it’s not taken care of quickly, but luckily there are many ways to tackle this issue with varying degrees of difficulty and success.


As we all know, dogs will mark their territory by urinating near objects or places they often go in order to alert other animals that they’re present and also protect themselves from being attacked during mating season when others may mistake them as an intruder. Unfortunately these little white droplets don’t just magically disappear after hitting the ground – unless you catch them right away! Luckily though I’ve found some helpful tips so even that doesn’t stop us anymore.

How to Fix Dog Pee Spots on Lawns

Dog urine can be a problem for any lawn, especially when you’re trying to take care of it. Luckily there are some quick and easy ways that work really well in the specific cases with dog pee on your lawn! There’s two types: green spots or brown spots. Green is caused by drinking too much water so make sure they have enough access to fresh water at all times while living near their wetland habitats during summertime heat waves where dehydration may happen quickly.

Brown comes from eating grass which should only last 24-48 hours before returning back into its natural green color again as long as dogs aren’t constantly feeding off them day after day people often mistake this type for moldy patches but if left unattended then will turn dark brown within weeks.

How to Fix Green Lawn Spots

Your dog’s urine is naturally high in nitrogen- an essential plant nutrient. This explains why your Fido’s favorite spots can become greener than the surrounding grass, this happens primarily on grass that hasn’t had enough nitrogen from fertilizer and could be happening to your whole lawn if it needed some extra love!

A recent study by the University of Florida has shown that in order to achieve a healthy, green lawn you should be sure your soil pH is at 6.5 or higher with an organic acid-producing component for buffering purposes (examples: peat moss and pine needles). Using Pennington UltraGreen Lawn Fertilizer 34-0-4 will increase drought tolerance which can help combat over watering problems as well as maintaining lush grasses due to its increased nutrient uptake properties.

How to Fix Brown Lawn Spots

Heinous cases of dog urine lawn damage are the result of brown spots in which your healthy and beautiful grass has died. These types of patches can be fixed by watering them deeply to flush out salt from freshwater that’s been soaked up onto the ground after a peeing session in our yard. There may also be minor instances where some water is needed if there appears to have been just one or two puddles, but for severe action we recommend waiting until it rains again before tackling this type too – watching as nature does its thing will typically work wonders!

Keep your yard looking spiffy following a dog urine mishap with the help of Pennington One Step Complete. This all-in-one remedy for dog lawn spots combines drought-tolerant, water conserving premium grass seed and professional grade fertilizer to replace any dead patches caused by accidents in just one application!

Like most people, you probably have a pet at home that loves to run around the yard. In order for your grass to grow and get established with strong healthy roots before it’s ready for Fido or any other pets in the neighborhood, be sure not to allow them on new lawn seed until there has been enough time passed since planting. This is usually about 3-4 weeks after seeding which may seem like forever!


If you want to get rid of dog urine spots on your lawn, it’s important that you understand what is causing them. It can be difficult to remove the smell from grass because there are many different factors involved in how long they linger and why some people think ammonia-based cleaners work better than others. The quickest way to find out if an odor removal solution will actually solve your problem for good is by testing it before using any more time or money trying something new.

How to Keep Your Pets Safe in an Outbreak: Disaster Preparedness


This is the question that many pet owners are asking themselves these days. As public health officials continue to monitor the spread of the H7N9 bird flu virus, pet owners across China are taking precautions to protect their animals from infection. For those who live in countries outside of Asia, it’s important for them to think about how they can prepare for an outbreak as well. This blog post will give you some tips on what you can do now so that your pets feel comfortable and happy during an outbreak or disaster situation!

Pet Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

Disasters can strike without warning. What should you do if your area needs to be evacuated? Leave behind or stay with your pet, and there’s a chance that first responders won’t be able to take it away for evacuation when they come to rescue you. In 2005 over 44% of people who refused to evacuate during Hurricane Katrina did so because their pets were going too!

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused a large-scale evacuation of New Orleans. This left many people’s pets behind in the midst of their homes being flooded with water and some animal welfare groups estimate that more than 104,000 animals were abandoned as evacuees fled to safety.

How to Keep Your Pet Safe in an Emergency?

It’s important to think about how you and your pets might fare during a disaster. You can make sure that everyone is safe by having emergency supplies, being prepared for an evacuation plan – including shelter and food – as well as reducing the burden on first responders who have limited resources in times of need.

Create a pet emergency kit with necessary supplies

  • Blanket for cold weather or warmth in case of fire
  • Extra water and food (this is especially important during the winter months)
  • Toys to keep your pet occupied
  • Medications, including flea repellent, heartworm prevention medication, etc.
  • Bedding and a carrier/crate if you have room for them in your emergency kit
  • Collar with ID tag attached so that someone can identify your animal should it get lost or separated from its home area. Name of pet’s owner; phone number where they can be contacted at all times; address where the animal lives; doctor’s contact information in case there are any medical issues.

It’s important to take precautions now so that your friends, family members and household pets are safe during the next disaster or outbreak. For more information on how you can do this, please contact us! We’re always happy to help get you prepared for any occasion.

Make sure your pets have identification tags and microchips

A lot of people think that this is just for their cats and dogs, but it’s important to remember your small animals as well! You want to get identification tags or microchips on them so you know who they are if there is a disaster. And don’t forget about the importance of wearing ID at all times too!

Emergency Housing for a Pet

People often ask what to do in the event that they might have to go into emergency housing. It’s important for you to plan ahead and think about how your pet will be cared for too! Here are some tips on how you can keep them happy, healthy, and safe during this time:

  • Talk with family or friends about taking care of your pets if you have a disaster
  • Make sure someone has access to where the animal is staying so they can feed it regularly (this may not always happen at hotels)
  • If possible, take along food and bedding from home
  • Keep an eye out for any safety hazards while looking around – nails sticking up off the flooring, loose wires hanging down etc.
  • Bring a leash and harness, along with an ID tag for your pet so that it can’t get lost if you have to evacuate.

Practice Evacuating Your Pets

It’s important for you to know how your pet will react in an emergency situation. Practice evacuating with them so that they are comfortable and used to the process before it is needed!

  • Get a few plastic containers or boxes
  • Fill one up halfway with water, then dump the rest out into another container
  • Put your animal inside of this box first thing when you get home from work each day.
  • Make sure they have food and drinkable water available throughout the whole practice session as well
  • After waiting at least 20 minutes inside of their temporary housing, take them outside and watch how they act. If there are any signs of stress (such as pacing back and forth), go ahead and bring them back indoors and try again the next day.

What to Do During an Emergency or Disaster

If you need to evacuate your home, make sure that the pet is wearing identification tags or a microchip. It’s also important for them to have an emergency kit with items like food and water so they can be comfortable during this time as well. If possible, bring along bedding from their own house too!

  • Stock up on supplies now in case of disaster:
  • Additional water and food (especially if it will be cold)
  • A first aid kit including any medication they may need regularly such as heartworm prevention medication; flea repellent; etc.
  • Make sure your pets are already used to evacuating by practicing daily – don’t forget about small animals like fish/lizards either!
  • Talk to your veterinarian about the importance of getting a flu shot for pets, and how often they should be given one. Ask them if there are any vaccinations or boosters that you should plan on giving them too!

Emergency Housing for Pets: When You’re Evacuating Your Home

If it’s necessary to evacuate from your home because of an emergency situation, don’t forget about your pet! Here are some tips on how to keep them safe during this time so that everyone stays happy and healthy.

  • Make sure someone has access to where the animal is staying in case food/water needs refilling (this may not always happen at hotels)
  • Bring their ID tags with you when evacuating together in order to ensure they’re not lost
  • Take food and bedding from home if possible in order to make them more comfortable during this time as well.
  • Try to find a location nearby where the pet can stay for free, or at least very affordable – an animal shelter would be perfect! Be sure that it’s safe inside of there too so your furry friend doesn’t get hurt.

What Happens During a Disaster?

It is important that everyone takes care of their pets in case of disaster happening since emergency housing may not always have room for animals given how many humans are displaced. Here are some tips on what to do:

  • Stock up on supplies now in case of a disaster:
  • Additional water and food (especially if it will be cold)
  • A first aid kit including any medication they may need regularly such as heartworm prevention medication; flea repellent; etc.
  • Practice evacuating with your pet, beginning today! Be sure to practice for at least 20 minutes every day so that the animal is used to this process before you would ever have to do it for real.
  • You want them to be comfortable when traveling or evacuate from their home because there are many safety hazards that could happen during an emergency situation. If possible, bring along bedding from their own house too!

Here are more tips you can follow-

  1. Keep your pets away from infected animals (and vice versa)
  2. Educate yourself on how to identify the virus from symptoms in humans and animals
  3. Consider having an animal shelter or boarding facility where you can take them if there is an outbreak of the virus near you
  4. Keep your pets indoors as much as possible
  5. Ensure that they have plenty of food and water
  6. Have a plan for getting them to safety in the event of an emergency evacuation order or natural disaster
  7. Make sure you have enough supplies for at least three days (food, water, medication) if you need to evacuate with your pet(s)


If you are concerned about your pets in the event of a disaster, it is important to keep them safe. Though there will be many things on our minds during an emergency or natural disaster, we need to remember that caring for and protecting our four-legged friends should also be at the top of the list. Keep them inside as much as possible where they have food, water and shelter. If this isn’t possible make sure their area has been prepped with sandbags so flood waters can flow around without entering their space.