Pets today are already part of the family. Most people have a dog or cat at home and are always devoting themselves to giving the best for it. If you've adopted a puppy, you know he's going to need a little house, to sleep, or to stay while you're not home.
The coolest thing of all is that you can build your dog's house yourself. Just look for the right materials, study the model you find most interesting and put your hand in the dough.
Want to make a dog house to give your four-legged friend? Find out now all you will need and the step by step to build it!
To make a dog house you will need:
- Enamel or epoxy paint;
- Blank sheet;
- Philips switch;
- Boxes of fair, slats or pallets;
- Wood glue;
- Pet bottles;
How To Make a Step-By-Step Dog House
In this step by step we will teach how to make a dog house with wood or pallet.
Start with the base of the dog house. Let's consider a medium-sized dog. You should cut a board. It will take four pieces of 60 cm in length.
Mount a square with the four pieces cut, use the drill for the tips, where you will screw the boards. If you prefer you can nail each other, still in the square format.
With the help of the pencil and the square, you must create the measure of the floor, in a board of plywood with 20 mm of thickness. In the case of the idea that we are following, it is necessary that the floor is 60 cm x 60 cm. Attach the floor to the base you've assembled earlier. You can use screws or nails.
Now is the time to assemble the walls. As we are doing a square house, you should cut sides with 60 cm x 60 cm. For the front and back you need to cut a square of 60cm x 60cm with a triangle 60cm x 60cm x 60cm. You can draw the picture with pencil and square before cutting the wood.
At the front you need to draw the entrance to the house. Do something that is comfortable for the dog, but at the same time do not get too windy or rainy. 25 cm wide by 33 cm high are enough for a medium-sized dog.
To firm the walls you must cut pieces of 60 cm from a 2 x 2 inch board. It will take 8 pieces. Nail four of them to the walls and mount this part of the little house.
Now is the time to assemble the roof. As you want it to be a little longer than the cottage, cut out two boards that are 70 cm long by 60 cm wide. Nail it to the top of the little house. Use the four remaining supports to secure, which you cut previously.
Finish the house painting the way you prefer. The ideal is to bet on enamel or epoxy paint. You can also decorate the roof and if you want to write the name of the puppy in the entrance, next to the door. Let dry and finish with a layer of varnish, which can also be passed inside the house.
Have the paint and varnish dried up? Put a walk, blanket and carpet inside the little house. If you want to add also other accessories, such as pet toys.
To assemble a doggie box with pallets you should start by dismounting them with the help of a hammer. The same holds true for fruit boxes if you have a smaller dog. Loose slats are what you will use to make the house.
Attach approximately six slats side by side. Draw a triangle. At this point you will prepare the front and back of the dog's house, so you have to repeat the process with the six slats twice. Cut out the wood on the line you drew.
It's time to keep the slats together. For this you will need square boards, 2 x 2, just like you would use in the design of the wooden house. Nail the trimmed tip of each of the slats. The ideal is to glue three by three to draw the shape of the triangle. Use wood glue to join the two parts of the triangle.
In one of the sides that you have mounted you will have to draw the door of the house. You should do something that is comfortable for your dog. To facilitate the cut, bet on the square door.
Now you're going to finish setting up the little house. Take two slats, you can use the size of the pallet or box of vegetables. Nail it to the roof of the house, at the top, joining the front and back.
Mount the floor, for this draw a square using the pallets' own slats. Nail each other and measure the size of the house correctly so it fits into the base. If you want to make something taller, draw a square with four slats and nail the base on top.
Finalize the ceiling and walls by nailing the slats side by side from the one you assembled to join the front and the bottom. If you want to insulate the roof, if the house is left outside, use pet bottles. Cut them out and form a rectangle. Just remove the base and the lid part. Glue with wood glue.
Finally nail the roof. You will still use the slats on the pallet or box of vegetables, with the difference that you will nail them vertically rather than horizontally (in the opposite direction you nailed the ceiling). Paint the color you want and finish with varnish. Expect to dry and put all of your pet's accessories in there, including the blanket and the walk.
How To Make a Doghouse: Care
Some care is important when making a dog house, so that the object becomes functional and does not cause any problems for the animal:
1. Avoid toxic dyes
Keep in mind that your puppy will spend a good amount of time inside the house - at least hours of sleep. Therefore, bet on non-toxic paints for painting. The same is true for varnish. If you feel better just sand the inside of the house and do not do any painting.
2. Beware of moisture
The moisture can ruin the wooden house and also cause allergies and other skin problems in your dog. Choose a moisture-free location to leave the house or apply mildew-resistant paint during painting.
3. Make a durable roof
The roof of the house needs to be sturdy. Especially if she's going to stay on the outside. Ideally, you should put an insulation blanket to prevent excessive heat or cold and use the tip of the pet bottles so that water does not seep into the wood and gutters appear in your dog's space.
Another important detail is that the roof must always be built slopingly, remembering a triangle, to help drain the rain. If you make a straight roof, the water can accumulate there and help the wood to rot and ruin the house.
4. Decorate the interior of the house before putting the roof
Want to decorate your dog's house? The point is to do this before putting the roof. Leave only walk, cover and toys to be placed after everything is ready.
If you want to work details on the inner walls, do everything before nailing the roof. This, of course, in the case of the cottage made of wood. Pallet nail becomes a little more difficult, since you build a roof beyond the roof! If it is the case, paint the slats before preaching.
5. Alternative: Avoid centralized entry
The vast majority of dog houses have centralized entrance. Even because it is more practical to do. If you leave the house in an enclosed part of your house, such as a room or another room, you can use the central entrance, but keep the pet's house away from doors and windows to avoid the street vending.
Now if the idea is to build a home for a sleeping dog outside, think about the possibility of a differentiated entrance, such as those on the sides or create an "entrance hall" - the latter option may give a little more of work. This way you prevent the animal and its things from being exposed to wind and rain.
Now you already know how to build a dog house, whether for a small or large pet and for the purpose of sleeping in or out of the house. Enjoy to leave creativity free at the time of painting and personalization of space. Giving a special touch to the pet's house. Oh and do not forget to take care of the moisture and impermeability of the roof!