How to Transform Your Shed Into The Perfect House For Your Pup
by Dakota Storage Buildings, on December 18, 2015
Transform Your Shed Into The Perfect Doghouse
If you’re planning to buy a dog for your family, want to create an outdoor living space for your pet, or just need to get down-and-dirty with a hands-on project, consider converting your shed into a doghouse.
While dogs need companionship and human interaction to thrive, having private quarters outside could be a great thing for both your dog and your family.
Don’t have space in your current shed? Don't want to convert your current shed into an ideal doghouse? No problem. We have a wide range of sheds that can meet your need. We also have an outdoor dog kennel line.
As you think about outdoor arrangements for your pooch, here are some important things to consider.
Before buying a shed or turning your current shed into a doghouse, learn about your dog’s breed and how it can handle extreme weather. While some dogs can live primarily outside all year round, some can only live outside seasonally. While it makes sense that large, heavy-coated breeds would thrive outdoors and smaller, short-haired dogs and puppies would not, it’s best to find out about your specific breed. Talking with the breeder or a recommended vet should do the trick.
Size and Set Up
While doghouses can be as elaborate as desired, they do not require the use of a whole shed. Dogs need a gated outside space, a small “dog door” connecting the outside and inside areas, and an inside living portion - all of which should be proportionate to the dog’s size. The unused area of your shed can be used to store dog food, pet supplies, and anything else that is not hazardous or dangerous to your pet.
Remember, dogs are den animals. That means they need a private sanctuary that is just large enough for them to fit inside and feel secure. Make sure that your dog’s inside living area includes a crate-sized place for them to retreat.
As long as the doghouse is elevated off the ground and properly insulated, your dog should be comfortable (cool in the summer and warm in the winter). Use of fabric blankets or cloth dog beds is not recommended. If they get wet there is a possibility that they can freeze. Using straw (not hay) as a bedding is the best option. Straw is great for warmth, but it also makes great bedding.
Make sure your doghouse has all the essentials: food/water, bedding, and toys. Make sure there is plenty of food, a source of water that will not freeze, and a warm area for sleeping. As mentioned earlier, do not use fabric-based bedding as it could grow mold or freeze if wet. Make sure there is a variety of chew toys in the doghouse so that your dog’s urges to chew are satisfied.
In addition to providing a seasonal or permanent doghouse for your dog, please remember to vaccinate your pet, give monthly flea and tick treatments, and provide opportunities for daily exercise. Be the best dog owner you can be. To see a comprehensive list, visit the American Kennel Club’s website.
New to owning a pet? If you're a first time dog owner, take a moment to read Dog Parenting 101 - A Complete Guide For First-Time Dog Owners.