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Looking for ways to save money on your dog’s doghouse? Get your DIY on and learn how to adapt your doghouse for every season.
No need to purchase a new house — just tweak what you have. Here’s how you can adapt your doghouse for every season to keep your dog a happy camper.
In the summer, your doghouse goal should be increasing ventilation to help your pup stay cool. The first change you can make is simple: just drag the doghouse into the shade instead of leaving it in the full sun. You could also use a shade cloth to drape over the house and block out the sun.
Something else you may want to consider is lifting the doghouse to allow for plenty of air circulation underneath. Stack four 12-inch pavers under each corner and in the middle of the doghouse; this will lift the structure a few inches off the ground and can be a big help. Your dog might appreciate a small solar-powered exhaust fan, too, to circulate the air inside the house itself.
Finally, consider the material your doghouse is made out of. Plastic doghouses become extremely hot in the summer, so if your budget allows it, replace the entire doghouse with a wooden one instead.
With autumn comes cooler nights and crisp mornings, and that means it’s time to start prepping your doghouse for winter. Start gathering the supplies you’ll need to prep the doghouse for the colder months.
Your list might include things like tarps, plastic sheeting, carpet remnants, wood chips, and straw — you can purchase most of these items at a hardware store.
Keep in mind that you might need a smaller doghouse; heating a large house can be difficult.
You’ll also need to consider the wind direction when you place the doghouse. Don’t put it in a stream of cold air, and if the doghouse stays inside, don’t put it near a door.
Install a tarp or some heavy plastic sheeting between the doghouse floor and the ground to prevent cold air from coming up through the floor. You also may want to fit some insulation against the floor inside the house and cover it with plywood.
To insulate the ceiling, use paneling to keep out the cold winter air. Cover the outside roof with a tarp to block rain and snow. Insulate the walls by hanging carpet remnants — just make sure your dog doesn’t chew on them.
A bed of wood chips under the doghouse and some dry straw inside can help your dog stay even warmer. Search the walls of the doghouse for any cracks or holes where cold air could seep in; if you find any, plug them up.
When the weather starts getting warm, it’s time to take the tarp off the roof, tear down the carpet remnants from the walls, and do everything you can to increase ventilation in the doghouse.
Put the tarps, carpet remnants, and other supplies in your garage and hang on to them; come autumn, it will be time to get them out for the doghouse again.
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