How to Buy a Doghouse

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  • 1). Know that a doghouse should be big enough so that your dog can turn around in it and lie down completely stretched out inside.

  • 2). Be sure the doghouse you select is not too large. Dogs feel more secure in small spaces and in the winter a large space will have too much cold air.

  • 3). Understand that either a wood or plastic doghouse is fine. You can paint a wood house any color you like; the plastic ones tend to be beige.

  • 4). Select a doghouse in any shape you like, as long as your dog will fit. The igloo-shaped huts work as well as rectangular ones.

  • 5). Look for doghouses that have venting at the top for air circulation purposes.

  • 6). Realize that some plastic doghouses are insulated and hold warmth better than others. Consider an insulated doghouse if your dog will be outside in winter.

  • 7). Expect to spend at least $50; prices increase with the size of your dog.

  • 8). Ask the salesperson about doghouses with doors. This type will really protect your dog from the elements.

  • 9). Consider building your own doghouse to match the outside of your home.

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    Know that your dog will be happy in whatever style doghouse you select, as long as it's big enough and provides protection from bad weather.

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