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The Importance Of Keeping Your Dogs Outdoor Home Up To Date

One of the most iconic aspects of a dog owner’s backyard is the quintessential dog house. Whether it’s Clifford The Big Red Dog, Astro from The Jetsons, or Snoopy from The Peanuts, all of these iconic pooches had a doghouse. Dog houses make fantastic additions to your dog’s quality of life as it gives your favorite pooch a place to relax and retreat from the weather. This article will discuss the month-long holiday known as Dog House Repair Month that takes place every July. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of having a dog house, the importance of keeping your dog house up to date, and some general advice on how best to upgrade your dog house. 

Importance Of A Dog House

So why have a dog house? It may seem unnecessary, but giving your dog a dog house can have a multitude of benefits for both you and your dog. The most obvious benefit of a dog house is the protection it offers your dog from the weather. Dogs need space to run and exercise regularly which is why front and/or backyards are essential for most dogs. While most dogs love their outdoor time, they are still subjected to the elements including rain, sleet, snow, sun, and extreme heat or cold. Giving them a dog house will offer them a reprieve from these harsh elements and keep them both safe and happy. If you’re worried about keeping your dog cool during the hot summer months, check out our previous article entitled How To Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer for more information. Another benefit to having a dog house is that it gives your dog a safe space to call their own. It’s essentially like giving your dog their own room, similar to a child. This gives them a sense of privacy and security while they’re in their dog house because it is their space and theirs alone. 

Keeping Your Dog House Up To Date

Although a dog house isn’t a suitable replacement for living indoors, it’s still an important part of your dog’s life. Keeping your dog house in good working condition is essential for keeping your dog both happy and safe. It’s no coincidence that Dog House Repair Month happens in July as this month is known for its hot weather and backyard activities. There’s no better time to do renovations and upgrades to your dog house than in the beautiful, sunny, summer weather. After a long winter of snow, ice, and cold weather, there’s a good chance that your dog house will need some improvements and remodeling anyway. You don’t need to spend an excessive amount of money either! It’s a dog house, not a dog mansion. While there’s nothing wrong with spending top dollar on your furry friend, keep in mind that you can also build one yourself. If you decide to go with the D.I.Y. approach, be sure you know what you’re doing and keep everything up to code in regards to safety and structural integrity. For blueprints, plans, or suggestions on building your own dog house, check out K9ofmine.com for more information. 

Tips And Tricks On Upgrading Your Dog House

A well built dog house can last a significantly long time if given the proper attention and maintenance. Here are a couple of general things to look out for or replace on an annual basis. 1. Check the ground to make sure your dog house is on an even surface. You don’t want your dog accidentally tipping over their outdoor home. 2. Replace any worn wood or materials. Dogs love to chew on stuff and the inside of their dog house is no exception. 3. Check the roof for leaks or damage. Shingles and other roofing materials are subjected to various weather conditions and will wear over time. Keep the roof up to date so your pooch will stay dry and safe. 4. Keep your dog house dry. Insulating or waterproofing your dog house is essential if you live in an area that has cold and/or wet weather. You can also use straw and/or bedding on the floor of the dog house to ensure your dog stays dry and comfortable, but be sure to change it out regularly. 5. Lawn care. Trim the weeds and cut the grass around your dog house to deter bugs and other pests from bothering your furry friend. Using pet-friendly pesticides is also an excellent idea. 6. Monitor your dog’s growth. Our dogs typically get bigger as they age and will probably outgrow their initial dog house eventually. Make sure that your dog house is an appropriate size for your dog before letting them use it. These are just a few examples of how you can improve your dog house and keep your pooch happy.

Having A Place To Call Home

A home is more than just four walls and a roof. It’s a place where you feel most comfortable and relaxed. Home is a place where you build memories, share joy, and spend quality time with your family. Dogs are a part of our family and they deserve to  be treated as such. Their dog house can be considered their “home away from home.” Keeping your dog house renovated and up to date will keep your dog happy, comfortable, and safe during any kind of weather or season. This July make it a point to thoroughly inspect your dog house and make the appropriate renovations. Your furry best friend will thank you! 

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