Tips on Getting a Doghouse

Are you thinking about getting your pup a doghouse? If so, that’s great! Fido is both happier and more comfortable living indoors, but that doesn’t mean he won’t love having his own private hangout spot. Read on as a Greenwood, IN vet offers tips on buying a doghouse.

Size

Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to doghouses. Fido should have room to lie down, sit up, and stretch out, but you don’t want his doghouse to be too big. Smaller doghouses stay warmer in winter. Many dogs also feel safer in small, enclosed spaces. You want your canine pal to think of his doghouse as a cozy little den: not a huge cave.

Material

Pay close attention to material when shopping for doghouses. Plastic doghouses may be cheapest, but they don’t offer very good insulation, so your furry pal’s pad won’t stay very warm in winter or cool in summer. Wood is a good option, as it is naturally a great insulator. Avoid pressurized, wood, however: it isn’t safe for pets.

Style

There’s no reason you can’t have some fun with Fido’s doghouse. Feel free to get him something with a cute shape. You can opt for something that matches your house, or go for a cute little mini-house. We do recommend picking a doghouse with the door set to the side, however: this will help keep the winds out.

Placement

When you set Fido’s doghouse up, raise it up off the ground a bit. This will help keep it dryer when it rains. You also want to set it up so that the opening faces away from prevailing winds.

Furnishings

It may be tempting to put a soft doggy bed in Fido’s doghouse, but in actuality, this is a good way to attract mice and other unwanted critters. Opt for a soft mat instead. If you use a cloth mat, remember to wash it regularly to keep it flea-free.

Fido’s Yard

Your canine buddy may appreciate having a little porch or deck to sprawl on. You can also give your furry friend a little wading pool to splash around in. Just be sure Fido always has plenty of water outdoors, and don’t leave him outside too long.

Please feel free to contact us, your local Greenwood, IN animal clinic, for all of your canine friend’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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