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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Re: Build Your Dream Doghouse...What's it Like?
I was going to say everything that crabby already said!
If the dog is going to be mostly an inside dog, he won't grow in as much of a winter coat as a dog kept strictly outside.
Some things that should be considered: a peaked roof to prevent snow accumulation.
and a baffle entrance - like an igloo tunnel entrance.
Keep the size of the dog house to as small as comfortable, keep the ceiling low - a bigger dog house will be harder to heat, and with a high ceiling, the heat will rise up over top to where the dog is, and the floor area will be cold. I really like crabby's idea of heating the floor. Then of course, you need fire-proof floor, and fire resistant bedding.
Also, I would include a heated water bowl to keep the water from freezing.
So I know that if money was no object, they would like to build a palatial, roomy dog house with lots of windows for a nice open feeling, but for winter conditions, a smaller, low-ceiling, closed-in dog house would actually work better.
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