The desire to find a shelter for our pets in the blood, so they are so happy to master and settle down houses for dogs and all kinds of kiosks.
Even cages and dogs enclosures, causing many owners a sharp rejection and rejection, are perceived by animals in a completely different way - as a refuge, own security territory. Of course, this attitude to the cage is formed in the pet, provided that the correct approach to education.
It is quite possible to combine a house and a cage, if there is such a need. Necessity may arise if the dog behaves badly in the absence of owners: it nibbles and tears things, tricks, and acts like a hooligan. Sometimes it is also necessary to close the animal due to the visits of outsiders. It is reasonable to restrict the freedom of movement of small puppies, not yet accustomed to cleanliness.
House of foam rubber.
If your dog is a long-haired breed, better avoid shaggy surfaces, as they are much faster polluted, clogged with loose hair and down, and become unhygienic. It is more difficult to return cleanliness to a fur or nappy house.
The most practical soft house is made of artificial leather, easy to clean and does not absorb dirt. For comfort inside, you can make a fluffy liner, which is much easier to wash than the entire house.
Foam houses for dogs are inexpensively sold at every pet store, but usually they are intended for miniature breeds comparable in size to cats. If your pet is larger, you can do needlework and create a house for your beloved dog with your own hands, from foam rubber or other material.
Foam rubber as a base is suitable for animals whose body weight does not exceed 20-24 kg. For the more massive and tall breeds, foam-rubber houses are usually not made, limited to comfortable bedding and mattresses for dogs.
- Removing the dog from the house for a walk, do not forget to put it on properly. What exactly? Read here.
How to make a house on the basis of foam rubber
Foam house with their own hands.
- thick paper or oilcloth to make the pattern in natural size,
- Foam sheet thickness 2-3.5 cm,
- upholstery fabric
- sharp scissors,
- marker or chalk,
- sewing machine (desirable, but you can do without it, stitching parts by hand).
You can make the house as practical as possible by lashing into the zipper connections. Unfastening them, you can easily clean the house inside.
The minimum width of the house should be so that the dog could lie inside on its side, stretching out its paws, not curling up into a ball. Do not forget to measure your pet before you start and open the material.
The easiest way to make a cubic dog house with your own hands. Not much harder to make a pyramid house or a miniature lair with a round or oval bottom. Other forms are more difficult to manufacture.
Different craftswomen use different methods of work. You can first cover the fabric with all the details, and then combine them together. A construction in which foam rubber is immediately placed between two layers of upholstery is somewhat more complicated: it is so difficult to fit parts without distortions and asymmetry. When cutting out the details of fabric upholstery, do not forget to add 1.5-2 cm on each side of the part. The thicker the foam rubber you have taken, the more allowance will be required.
Inside the house is better to put a mattress with replaceable pillowcases. So it is easier to maintain cleanliness.
Choosing a house model for your pet, do not get carried away by the abundant decor. The smaller the decorative elements, the easier it will be to keep it clean.. In addition, a small dog can easily gnaw and swallow small elements of the decor, but this is not at all useful. Swallowed inedible items can lead to frustration, vomiting, gastritis, and even intestinal blockage.
- cozy house,
- home cage in case of need
- interior details.
Furnished under a dog's den furniture looks very impressive and unusual. It is also convenient that in the upper compartment you can store dog belongings: toys, vitamins, ammunition, tools for grooming, clean sheets and towels and other dog things.
Homes for large dogs can be built by isolating the space under the stairs to the second floor of the house. You can make the door of the grid, then the house will serve as a cell.
The basis can also take the table. The surface of the table will perform the usual functions. By inserting a wall between the legs of the table, you will create a comfortable dog house. You can not even make the bottom of a kind of booth, but simply use a thick mattress, corresponding in size. If such a house is equipped with a net and is designed for use as a cage for dogs, do not forget to provide a place for bowls of water and food. Small puppies should also be placed on the floor of the house absorbing diaper.
- A loving owner will take care not only of the personal home for his dog, but also that the pet is not lost during the walk. GPS collars for dogs serve this very purpose.
House for the street.
A good dog box should be spacious. Its dimensions are determined based on the height and length of the body of the animal. The height of the house should be such that your pet can stand inside in full growth, without bending their heads. The length and width should allow the dog to lie on its side, stretched out and not bending the paws.
It is good that the booth has a vestibule and a carport at the entrance. In areas with harsh winters, the booth must be insulated with environmentally friendly materials, and the hole must be curtained with thick fabric or quilted sackcloth.
The whole structure is not located on the ground, but on a wooden platform raised 10-15 cm above the ground. The platform must have a slight inclination so that the moisture drains without accumulating. The wood must be pre-treated with special compounds that protect it from rotting, pests, fungus.
Conveniently, when the booth is located inside the aviary - this will allow you to lock the dog in case of need. It is better to make the roof removable or opening in order to be able to clean and disinfect inside the house from time to time. Under the roof, you can arrange a box for storing supplies and toys. Roof do either gable or shed with a slope. The second option is more convenient for the animal: most dogs adore lying on the roof of their home, overlooking the neighborhood or just basking in the sun.
Most often for wooden booths use coniferous wood, well dried and treated with antiseptics. For external and internal plating, thick plywood (at least 5 mm) or lining is suitable.
For the device of the floor is better to take the floorboard. The framework is made of a wooden bar of 40-50 mm. The larger the booth, the safer the frame should be. For the roof, you can use different materials: wood, slate, tile and other roofing materials.
Personal home of the dog.
Some owners fill the space between the walls with peat crumb, which gives quite decent results: peat does not rot and works well as a heat insulator. But with such insulation decreases fire safety.
Some owners build houses of wooden logs, stone, bricks for dogs. Sheets of profiled sheeting are also used, but in such a booth in summer the animal can suffer greatly from the heat.
The craftsmen and entertainers turn even old tires, plastic and metal barrels into dog houses, build booths from empty beer cans or plastic bottles. Sometimes these buildings look very nice, and pets with pleasure live in them.
For coziness and comfort
In the summer, inside the booth, you can put a rug or a thin mattress, and in the winter, fill the sleeping area with hay or prepare a thicker mattress. Before the change of seasons, it is necessary to make general cleaning inside the booth:
- change the litter to clean
- wash the walls and the floor
- process the interior of the house with disinfectants and agents for fleas and ticks.
Dogs like when they can see the entrance to the site and watch the territory. It is better to set the booth so that your pet does not miss the small backyard, and can see everything that happens on the site.