This dog house ideas guide features a huge range of styles of dog kennels, DIY dog home kits, dog runs and even indoor furniture for dog houses.
Are you still wondering if you should get dog houses or kennels for your pets?
No one issue divides the dog owner fraternity more than this one. Should your dog house be inside the house or outside the house?
Should you have a crate or a dog bed?
I see no reason why this is such a divisive issue as it comes down in many cases to the circumstances of the individual.
Check out the heaps of dog house ideas featured in this guide, and I'm sure you will find something just perfect for you and your dog.
I found a whole range of DIY dog house kits online and not only did they look a whole lot better than mine, they ticked all the boxes of being more waterproof and most importantly simple and easy to access and clean.
I have to say I was amazed by the choices of dog house on offer.
I also want my dogs to keep well exercised and healthy in both mind and body.
One great way of doing this is to have an interesting dog run.
Thankfully my back garden is large enough to do this and it gives your dog the opportunity to run in an enclosed & secure area in the garden.
It also stops them having any notion of digging up any of the rest of my garden.
I would recommend a little bit of planning which will make your life that little bit easier.
I have access from the kennel straight to the dog run which is a clever thing to do.
The actual design of the dog run will be restricted to the space you have available so you need to think that out.
Most dog runs can also be connected to any creative dog house ideas and designs you've thought of so far in this guide.
Where possible, give your dog the longest run that you can.
My area also has a locked gate that takes me into the dog run and then to the kennels so always think about access in and out.
You will always have to clean up after your dog so make sure that you do that and that you also have room to do that.
Since I moved to a smaller retirement village unit, I've had to come up with an alternative to the HUGE pet run I had built all the way down on the side of my previous house.
So I've found an Australian suppler of a click together pet run that I really like... no need even for a screwdriver!
Since its made in China it is probably available in a number of countries... but for Australians, I can tell you that this is a great value product and cheap deliver when I ordered online.
I'll be posting photos on here as I get mine assembled in the warmer weather.
Some people prefer to keep their dogs outside and have a few of them each with their own dog kennel or dog house.
And if you are a DIY person you can build a basic dog house, but many people soon realized they have many flaws such as ease of access for cleaning and this gets them searching for something better.
These two wood dog house ideas rock my boat... can you imagine the kids playing with the dog and climbing up top to play in their new "Fort"..?
The dog will have to learn to share its dog house with the kids because they'll want to adopt it for their own cubby house!
I'm so in love with these outdoor wood playhouses!
My big Australian border collie Peter used to love his 'trampoline' bed... even though it was just a metal frame canvas bed.
I think it helped to keep him cool in summer, with the air circulating below him on the canvas (even though he could come inside with the airconditioning, sometimes he preferred to sleep in the shed with the cool concrete floor)
Sometimes you just want to provide Fido with a little bit of outdoor shade and or waterproof in raised beds while they hang out in their run:
There is such an incredible choice of dog houses available online!
You can certainly not ever run out of great dog house ideas whether you want to be sensible or have fun novelty theme dog kennels.
Whether you want a convenient plastic kit one that you can hose down, or if you want a warmer wooden dog house or dog kennel... they are all available online.
These are absolutely perfect for when you have boisterous puppies you want to keep contained to a specific area, without having to construct something permanent.
Some of these can also be used outside for when you are transitioning your puppy to get used to the outdoors without risking their safety.
These puppy play pens basically use the same principles as baby play pens... you get a two-fer if you put your toddler in with the puppy!!
If you and your dog live in a climate with snow and extreme cold, and you insist on leaving your dog to live outdoors, I really believe that you must at the least provide your dog with a heated dog house.
You can also adapt the normal wood dog house by adding a large heating pad bed on the floor. I've got a few dog house ideas and suggestions below for you to consider.
Just make sure that there is an outdoor electric power point nearby to plug the dog house heating into, and you should be good to go.
You can also get heated dog beds for the cold nights... old dogs with arthritis certainly appreciate the extra warmth on their old bones!
You can choose to provide a special cool dog house with air-conditioning if you live in the tropics and want your dog outside away from your own air conditioning.
You can also install air fans, or cooling dog mats for the floor. There is also a fan panel that can be installed in a metal dog crate... see below for suggestions.
At the very least, install a cooling trampoline bed that allows the air to circulate between the dog and the floor
Your choice of dog house could be based on fitting in with your decor design and furniture, or on portability, or on how simple it is to clean... or you could be a fun parent who makes their choice based on the pure novelty of the dog bed!
Have some fun with these indoor dog house ideas!
If for example you are old and alone you will want your dog with you at all times so having a dog bed in the house would be the right thing for that person.
The only requirements after that is to decide which type of dog bed is best and then understand how to set the boundaries, such as no sleeping on your bed and understand the hygiene requirements such as preventing smells and how to clean any stains. They will happen!
Even if your dog lives permanently outside, they must have a comfortable bed to sleep in. A simple mat or scrap of carpet is not enough to keep your pet healthy or warm in winter.
Dogs develop arthritis when they have to sleep on concrete all the time, and scabs develop from always lying on hard surfaces, so give your dog a break and provide some comfort and relief for when it needs to rest without pain.
There are a huge variety of dog beds that can be purchased especially online and these would include designer dog beds.
Irrespective of which you choose, the important thing is that they are easy to access and easy to keep clean.
Any bedding material also needs to have the same characteristics. Again there are many products online to cater for this market so you should investigate those.
In another section of this dog care guide I'll add a ton on perfect dog bed suggestions, but here are just a few to give you some idea of the variety that is available for you to pick from online:
Here are some DIY Dog House Plans for you to check out if you are brave enough to build your own.
You can get some kits that are simple to assemble, but if you are a do it yourself person, give these dog house ideas a go:
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