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Humane and Healthy Doghouse Ideas

Published on NewsOK Published: December 16, 2012

Having a wood doghouse can be also just as green, but is also more susceptible to mold, mildew, and pests, so will likely require a bit more upkeep. If your dog is a chewer, you need to be careful of parts of the doghouse that may splinter when chewed.

Dog house accessories for comfort and health:

Depending on the age, health, and breed of your dog, you may want to have a system in the dog house to keep your dog cool in the summer, and warm in cold weather. Dogs don’t want to be cold, wet, or over-heated any more than we do. Also, just like us, as dog’s age, they can feel more achy and sore, so a cooling pad or heating element to the dog house can be more than a comfort for your dog.

Cooling pads, which cost around $50, are durable, and require no electricity. Some types are filled with tap water and others require no water and are “activated” when the pet lies on them. Cooling pads absorb your pet’s body heat and generally work for a few hours at a time.   

 Heating your dog house can be as elaborate as a heater that is mounted to the wall of the dog house and is controlled by a thermostat (the cord is out of the reach of the dog and is plugged into an outside grounded outlet), or there are several types of electric pads that work about the same way as a human heating pad – just bigger.

Having fun with your dog’s house can be part of the fun of having a dog. Please tell us about your fabulous doghouse.

Cris Carl writes about remodeling in Boston for Networx.

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