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Rustic Dog Houses - How to Choose a Rustic Dog House

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A rustic dog house can be an attractive addition to your back yard, as well as providing your best friend with a safe and comfortable place to hang out. You will want to choose a design and materials that make your rustic dog house safe and durable, and most importantly a happy safe place for your dog.

Features to Consider in a Rustic Dog House

  • Materials – A rustic dog house is meant to look like a barn or log cabin, so wood is the most commonly used material. You may also find synthetic materials that have the appearance of wood but tend to be easier care and less likely to rot, especially in damper climates. It should have a floor that is built in that protects your dog from the weather.

  • Size – Your rustic dog house should be large enough for your dog to stand and turn around in easily, but small enough to provide a coziness and warmth in the cold weather.

  • Durability – A rustic dog house should be constructed in a manner that is durable and sturdy.

  • Ability to Clean – When choosing a rustic dog house it is useful to consider how easy is will be to clean. A dirty house can become an unhealthy place for your dog.

  • Chew Proof – A chewed up rustic dog house is both unattractive and unsafe. Consider what type of materials and designs will discourage chewing for your particular canine.

  • Safe – Your rustic dog house should be sturdy, relatively immoveable, and resistant to pest infestation in order to keep your dog safe. Choosing cedar or some other aromatic wood will help in the ongoing process of pest control.

  • Ability to Move – While you don't want your rustic dog house so easy to move that your dog chooses where it will stand on any given day, being able to move it from time to time may be useful. Consider the permanency of the location your rustic dog house will hold when you make decisions about the weight and design.

  • Temperature Controlled – The heavy wood construction that is typical of rustic dog houses makes them an excellent choice for maintaining a consistent temperature for your dog. The insulating aspect of wood tends to stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

    Desirable Features for a Rustic Dog House

  • Easy to use – Most rustic dog houses are built with standard wood construction. So, while there are many easy, do-it-yourself designs, if you are not well versed in building construction, you may want to hire someone to build your rustic dog house.

  • Easy to Clean – Finished, stain resistant surfaces will make your rustic dog house easier to keep clean and health for your dog.

  • Stable – Unlike portable plastic or prefab dog houses, rustic dog houses tend to be stable and weather resistant.

  • Safe – The typical wood construction of rustic dog houses makes them less likely to have sharp edges that can injure your dog.

  • Comfortable to Your Dog – Rustic dog houses have a protective, homey feel that will encourage your dog to use his new house. Some models will allow you to add a cushion, pad or blanket to provide extra comfort. Remember to wash the bedding periodically and ensure it does not get wet from the elements.

  • Good Insulation – Rustic dog house are usually better than other types of dog house to keep your dog warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Some models have doors or flaps that help protect the inside from wind and rain. This may be especially useful in the winter months. You can create your own flap with a heavy piece of plastic nailed to the top of the door way as well.

    Ideal Choice for a Rustic Dog House

  • The ideal choice for a rustic dog house will be one that is attractive to both you and your dog. You will enjoy seeing your rustic dog house in your back yard, and your dog will find it to be a comfortable, safe retreat.

    Safety and Tips for Using a Rustic Dog House

  • You will want to consider your climate before choosing your rustic dog house. Traditional wood construction works well in dryer climates, but tends to rot and collect pests in damper climates where a synthetic look-a-like may be a better choice.

  • If you prefer to tie your dog out as opposed to providing him with an enclosure, you will want to look carefully at the design of your rustic dog house to prevent your dog from getting caught in or around his new home.

  • Expelling your dog from your house is not an effective solution for behavior problems. However, if your dog is an outdoor dog, buying him a rustic dog house is an excellent choice for providing your best friend with proper shelter.

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