July is Dog House Repairs Month! Now that summer is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to inspect your dog’s outdoor accommodations. BestBullySticks recognizes the importance of this holiday and suggests all owners take time to ensure their dog has everything they need this season. The hot and humid months of summer are enough of a struggle for people — dogs who have to hang around outside all day have it even harder. However, with proper living arrangements any dog can find relief from the elements.  

Outdoor Dog Needs

If you don’t already have a dog house, July could be the perfect time to invest in one. Summer heat can be a real drain. Having a place to hang out in the shade is absolutely necessary for dogs to keep cool. There are many dog houses available for sale through pet and department stores, however BestBullySticks suggests taking the time to build one yourself if possible.

Building a custom house for your dog might sound like a bit of an undertaking, but it’s well worth the effort! Not only will your dog be happy to have their personal place to call home, you’ll be able to give the house personal touches designed to better meet the needs of both your dog and your backyard. It can also be more affordable to build one yourself. A well-built dog house will also give you huge bragging rights!

Doggy DIY

Building a house for your dog can be a very fun and gratifying experience. With basic hand tools and a trip or two to the hardware store, an amateur level do-it-yourselfer can build a house in a weekend. If you do plan on building a house yourself, make sure to put safety first and take every precaution while using
tools and handling materials.

Many pet owners try and use recycled materials to not only reduce the cost of their dog’s house but also give it additional character. Consider repurposing old furniture or reclaimed materials to create a one of a kind dog house. For some extra inspiration, check out BestBullyStick’s Pinterest board on DIY Dog Houses and their construction!

Building Tips

One of the best things about choosing to build a dog house is the creative freedom it offers. From porches to windows, there are tons of great ways to spoil your dog with some extra luxury! However you decide to build your dog’s house, here are a few key considerations to keep in mind.

  • Size – Your dog’s house should be large enough so they can move around but also small enough to remain cozy. After all, dogs are den animals!

  • Placement – Dog houses should be placed in the shade. If you put your dog house in the sun, it will become very hot inside!

  • Weatherproofing – Protection from the rain is important too. Shingles are inexpensive and lend great protection from the elements.

  • Insulation – The floor should be elevated off the ground, and if possible, filled with a natural insulator like straw or wood chips. A properly insulated house will keep your dog more comfortable throughout the year.

  • Safe Materials – Don’t use chemically treated construction lumber. Instead, go for untreated lumber and apply a non-toxic sealant. Also, make sure nails and screws don’t poke out from the walls or floor as they could scrape or cut your dog.

Store Bought Houses

If you decide against building your pup a custom home this season, purchase a dog house that will give them the same amount of comfort. Many of the same rules apply for store bought houses — properly sized, insulated and built with safe materials are the most important. On top of that, make sure you put the house in a shady area and keep plenty of fresh water on hand!

While there are many great store bought dog houses available, building a custom house for your dog can be a fun and creative way to spend a weekend. At the very least — and in honor of Dog House Repairs Month — take a good peek around your dog’s current house for any problem areas or possible improvements you could make.

Did you build your dog’s house? Tell us about it below! BestBullySticks encourages all owners keep their dog safe and entertained all summer long. Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter to keep up with our news and specials!