July Is Dog House Repairs Month
July is Dog House Repairs month, and as with any month prone to weather extremes, it’s a good idea to check your dog’s outdoor housing to be sure it is adequate.
Start with a thorough check-over of your dog’s house. Replace warped, rotted or chewed material and make sure to use nontoxic staining to waterproof any wood. Check for nails that may be sticking out and hammer them down or replace them so they don’t harm your dog. If the dog house has carpeting or bedding inside that is significantly filthy or torn up, replace it as well.
Ensure that the house is properly insulated and waterproof, and that it is large enough for your dog to stretch out in. An appropriately-sized dog house should have enough room for the dog to stand, sit, and turn around in. If your dog has grown significantly since the last year, you may need to make the house larger. Depending on what kind of dog house you have, you may be able to insulate it by adding a layer of foam between plywood on the interior walls and roof.
A dog house must be ventilated, especially in the summer. Ensure that there is a base beneath the dog house so it is raised several inches off the ground, allowing airflow and preventing water from pooling inside the house. A wooden palette makes a great, inexpensive base for a dog house. Place a vapor barrier, made from plastic sheeting or an old blanket, between the dog house and the palette to help insulate it and keep body heat from escaping in colder months.
There you have it – simple repairs and tips to keep your pet’s house in top shape.