# Dog box with their own hands: assembly, drawings, sizes

If your four-legged friend lives not in your cozy apartment or house, but in the yard (all year round or only in the summer months), then he needs to have his own house to hide in it from rain, snow or strong wind

A dog box can be made by yourself. In the course you can put boards, plywood, OSB and even timber. If the material that you have chosen is afraid of water, you will have to protect it outside (for example, with thick polyethylene, oilcloth, linoleum).

## Size of the future booth

Calculation of the size of the booth

• the depth of the booth will be equal to the length of the dog from the tip of the nose to the tail plus 5 cm;
• the width of the booth is approximately equal to its height and equal to the height of the dog to the tips of the ears plus 5 cm;
• the width of the manhole should be 5 cm greater than the width of the chest of the dog;
• the height of the manhole is 5 cm greater than the height of the dog at the withers.

If you still have only a puppy, then to determine the size of the booth you will have to use the data given in the reference books.

The size of the box should provide the dog with comfortable conditions for sleeping and rest. Therefore, if you live in the middle lane or closer to the north, you should not turn the kennel into a huge "apartment", otherwise the dog will freeze and often get sick.

A booth with a side entrance

A manhole for a dog is better displaced to the edge of the kennel (we get closed from the ingress of cold air nook).

With the platform

If there are occasional strong winds in your area, then the booth can be made "with hallway, or, as they say, "two-room":

1. Double the width of the booth by making two compartments in it separated by a partition.
2. Laz in the first "room" make from the yard.
3. Laz into the second “room” (warmed) make a wall separating one “room” from the other, but closer to the back wall.

## Where to put

Where to put the booth

The booth should not be placed on a wind-blown area. You should also take care that the booth is not spent most of the day in the sun, as the dog can get a heat stroke.

Another option is to install the booth directly in the dog aviary. This is especially true for those who do not want to put their pet on the chain. In this case, if you need to isolate your dog for some time (estrus, strangers, etc.), just close your four-legged friend in the aviary. There, the dog will have the opportunity to relax, drink water (do not forget to take care of this in advance), look at what is happening at the moment on the plot, without interfering with what is happening. Above the aviary you can make a shelter so that the dog can walk in it during the rain, in the snow, and in sunny weather.

## Roof structure

Shed roof box

You can do:

• with a flat roof (sloping to the opposite side of the facade), on which the dog may lie;
• with a gable roof, made in the same style with other outbuildings on the site.

The roof of the box must be strong enough to support the weight of the dog (for a flat roof), the wind and the weight of the snow. Most often it is carried out in the form of solid flooring (from boards, a piece of plywood, etc.), covered from above with any roofing material (for example, slate, metal tile, etc.).

The roof slope must provide water flow and the roof covering must be resistant to the effects of the animal's claws.

With a removable roof

The dog booth must be collapsible to make it easy clean and disinfect (for fleas and ticks). For example, you can make a removable roof, and you can also make the booth's “body” itself removable (and, if necessary, remove it from the base of the dog’s kennel’s floor). In the aviary there can be a common floor (flooring of boards), on which a booth is installed at a certain place, fixed outside by several bars-restraints.

It is impossible to put the booth directly on the ground (it will quickly rot the floor). It is better to raise it on a kind of "lag", between which air will freely circulate. As the damage lag can be replaced with new ones.

## How and with what to insulate a doghouse for the winter

Warming the doghouse

Both polystyrene and mineral wool can be used as insulation. At the same time, the heat-insulating layer consists in a kind of "thermos", since it is protected on both sides by the material from which the walls are made (boards, plywood, OSB).

If you make a booth from a bar (8-10 cm thick), then it is not necessary to warm the walls. But the floor and the roof should be insulated anyway.

## We assemble a booth

Build a booth

1. At the beginning we make the floor . If you plan to warm it, do it right before you start collecting the rest of the booth. All nails and screw heads must be carefully drowned in wood so that the dog does not hurt its paws. It is desirable that the floor protrudes 5–7 cm from the sides of the booth.
2. Assemble the body of the booth, fastening its walls with metal corners (they will add extra rigidity to the structure).

The front part with a flat roof should be above the rear wall - this will create the necessary roof slope. The side walls of the booth will have an upper beveled edge, carefully fitted to the dimensions of the front and rear walls.

Warm booth with a gable roof

For a gable roof, make the upper parts of the front and rear wall immediately triangular .

1. Attach the body of the dog box to the bottom (floor) or fasten it outside with bars (for a folding construction), preventing its possible displacement during operation.
2. Make a removable roof. If you choose the option with a flat roof, then nail to it from the underside of the bars for fixing to the booth (using screws or hooks). The roof of the kennel for a dog should be about 10 cm (on three sides, except the front) exceed the size of the booth. From the front side "allowance" is better to increase up to 20 cm to prevent water from entering during a slanting rain in the booth.
3. If desired, upholster the kennel outside with waterproof material that will also serve as additional protection against drafts.

## Assembly order

Making the base

Fix the floor

Install the side parts of the frame

Installing the front and rear of the frame

Rafters for roof

We assemble the rafters of the roof

Preparing to install the roof

Installing the roof

## Video: assembly of a finished two-room booth

If you decide buy a booth or enclosure for dogs, it is advisable to look on the internet, as the prices are often lower by 15-20%.

## Schemes and drawings

Kennel for a dog

Detailed drawing of the booth

A drawing of the booth drawn on a tetrad sheet

Drawing of a warm booth