Tips - Housing
Cheap Dog House
If you want, add a 2 ft x 4 ft plywood board for top so dogs can stand on. Bolt these on and use 2x2 board 4 ft long on each side between curve of barrel and under plywood for more stability.
Note: If you use used barrels make sure they are cleaned out very well and don't use if
toxins where used in the barrels. I go to janitorial suppliers and get mine for free. So
check it out.
FIRST, instead of using chunks of 4 x 4's for each corner of the base, use a solid perimeter (such as 2 x 4's) to keep the floor of the house off the ground. This way you won't be having to retrieve toys and bones from underneath the house. Dogs digging to fetch items that disappear in this manner will be discouraged. The more important reason for a solid base is, if you have small puppies living in that house, they can't get stuck underneath!
Our SECOND tip is the use of wood or drywall screws to assemble the dog
house instead of nails. It is much easier to remove and replace chewed up panels (door
panels seem to be especially vulnerable) when a portable screwdriver can be switched into
reverse as opposed to using a crowbar or nail puller to remove more permanently attached
How ever you attach the foam be sure that the dogs cannot chew on it. My houses rest on
wooden pallets and I haven't had any problems.
Keep Dog Houses Looking Good
Using a technique I learned when I had horses, I went to the local hardware store and picked up some J-molding and bead-x like they use on sheet rock. The J-molding I used around the roof & the bead-x on the corners. They cannot chew through it and after a couple of tries they stop trying. After making sure there were no sharp edges, I painted the whole house. I have a couple of houses that I had done this with ten years ago and as long as I give them a coat of paint once in awhile they look like new. Houses are expensive and it's nice to keep them in good condition.
See the difference between the protected & unprotected.
Submitted by Dori Hollingsworth, Seward, Alaska 8/2/00
Since Jon Little's dog house plans are no longer available, I thought we would share how we make ours, based on Jon Little's plans. These plans are for 10 at a time but can be reduced. :-)
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