Dogs are renowned for being a man’s best friend, and for many, dogs are part of the family. If you love dogs and have dogs, then your pooch deserves a suitable place to lay its head. Selecting dog kennels is serious business - it is almost like a longterm ‘real estate’ investment for canines - so here are some tips to help you find a dog house that is just right.
You might be surprised at the variety of dog kennels out there, so these are the considerations that need to be part of your due diligence before you put a roof over your dog’s head:
The right size
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes and so do dog kennels. From Miniature Schnauzer and Jack Russels to Labradoodles and Great Danes, size matters! A kennel is a dog’s version of a ‘man cave’ 😉 so you need it to be a space they will want to retreat to and which has enough space for them to be comfortable.
Get out your tape measure and measure your dog from head to paws and nose to tail. Add at least 15cm and that will determine just the right size of kennel to buy - giving your furry friend enough space to move around.
The right material
Traditionally, dog houses have been made from wood and it is still a popular material. But just as in the building trade, materials have evolved and plastic and polyurethane kennels are just as popular - lightweight, waterproof, termite-proof and easy to clean and disinfect. Polyurethane kennels come with the added advantage of being UV resistant and they also come in a variety of colours.
Depending on local weather conditions, you might want your kennel to include insulation to prevent your dog from overheating in the summer.
The right location
In the real estate industry, it is all about location, location, location. Well, the same principle applies to dog houses! Since kennels are located outdoors, you want to position them in place that is sheltered from the elements and somewhere that is warm in winter and cooler in summer. (You will be relieved to know that a view is not required for dogs). However, if your dog is part of your security plan as a watchdog - that will also impact where you place their kennel.
By placing your dog’s kennel close to the house, with easy access indoors, will make your beloved canine friend feel part of your family and they will see their home as part of your home.
STEP Building Supplies
You and your pooch will find STEP Building Supplies the ideal online place to find just the right polyurethane kennel - in the right size and the right colour. All that is left is to give your dog a bone!