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Old 12-20-2012, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wanting to find out if anyone has used this dog house dog house, cedar dog houses, dog crates, pet crate, pet gates, dog house for large dogs, pet crate tables, slanted roof dog house the classic model cedar dog house i am bringing my puppy home at the end of January and wanted to get a nice house for him any input would be great from anyone who has used it i was going to get the large. Thanks
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have read that cedar is toxic to dogs and some other animals. I wonder why that doghouse is made of cedar?
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Most every dog house that I have looked at that has not been plastic but made of wood are all made of cedar. That seems to be the most common wood for wooden doghouses everywhere?
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Cedar is not toxic to dogs, it's actually a quite common bedding used for many dogs. it's not great for small animals like hamsters, etc. Cedar is great for repelling bugs (fleas, etc). It's also a nice durable wood.

Is this going to be an outdoor puppy? If not, there is no point in getting a dog house. He won't be spending any time in it. If it's going to be an outdoor puppy, make sure it's been outside already with mom and littermates in the climate you live in. You do not want to bring home a young puppy and just except it to acclimate in the coldest month of the year outside. What state do you live in?

Personally speaking, the only outdoor dog houses I like are the dogloos. Igloo Dog House Indigo Dog Igloo-Style Shelter by Doskocil | PetSmart You would want a large or extra large.

edit - I just saw you are in TN. Warmer than here certainly, but still ensure that the pup is used to outdoor climate before leaving him out there.
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He will be in and out He wont be staying out in any cold or rainy weather but during summer and fall he will probably stay out some when he wants to I have a big yard and if he wants to go out and stay he can so I want to get him a nice house to have that will stay on the side porch
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I didnt think that cedar should be an issue since it is so commonly used but I wanted to make sure since it will be my police narcotics k9 i want to make sure i dont have any issues
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My dogs make short work of them. They EAT them. Maybe I have photos.
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Really?? Is this a common problem because they are not cheap and I dont want to keep buying them...
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You can see the floor has been remoddled:


And the roof:


They cost twice as much as a resin dog house. They are not thick enough to provide decent insulation. Buy a resin house and build a small skid for it, so the dog is not laying on concrete.

I bought 9 of these dog houses. The one in the picture there is one of the few that is still standing. They are in pieces for the most part. A year ago I spent money having my contractor replace the roofs and floors of most of them, and so they are currently eating the walls.
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Does your department not provide you with appropriate items? Ours here has standard issue equipt for the officers dogs, and they are kenneled in a secure kennel on the officers property - they are not left loose in a backyard. That is not a good idea.

I also saw this puppy is coming home at about 6 wks of age? That is rather young - it's really best for them to come home at 8 wks. It is incredibly unusual for a police department to purchase a puppy (especially a six week old puppy...) in the first place, and they would normally be undergoing training from the get go - not be a pet for awhile then start training. Odd situation??
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