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Old 04-05-2011, 10:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Outdoor Dog House....

So Josh and I are looking for a dog house for the back yard since Killian is loving spending more and more time outdoors. He really would rather stay outside than inside. I'd rather him NOT, BUT, I'd like for him to have shelter when he is out there, since the summer months are on the way, I was wondering, what do you use?!

We looked at those dog igloo things, and that is looking like our best option, but there are so many factors I'm not CRAZY fond of with them! Any suggestions?!
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not fond of the plastic "pre made" dog houses. I have always built my own dog houses for outside.
There are plenty of plans available online for simple to build dog houses that don't require a lot of handyman skills or construction experience.
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I was talking to Josh about maybe building one, he is really handy with that stuff.... But I'd have to find "plans" for one.... :-/
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If you Google "free doghouse plans" you'll find something that works for you.
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Hmmmm, wonder why I didn't think of that! LOL!
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Oh well, you live in the south, yeah, I would not go for an igloo, the dog would not use it most likely in any but your very coldest weather down there.

More expensive but precision has a cedar dog house with a green roof. My dog ate them. But some are still somewhat intact. I re-roofed them with 3/4 inch Marine plywood. Some I had to put a new floor in too. I probably have a photo:

side view:


with new roof, then they are strong enough to sit on:


or stand on:


trying to find a front view...

cheap crappy roof:


finally the front view:


I use the barn-home from WalMart/kMart too, cheaper, and it has held up better for my dogs:
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Will send you a link of what we did for the outside kennels.
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Thanks Sue & Selzer!!


BTW Selzer, LOVE YOUR GSD's!!! What a handsome group!!!
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Hi Selzer , did I notice some sort of clip on your water bucket. I have problems with dogs tearing buckets off the fence so that can clang them around.
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My husband built our outside doghouse even has a shingled roof, we also have the plastic ones too if we need really quick shelter( I not fond of those either),but it's better than nothing. We have one of those cedar ones with the green roof too, like Selzer said our dogs ate it too so I would stay away from those. They are expensive and all the dogs just use it as a chew toy.
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