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).
Calculation of the size of the booth
If your dog is already an adult and stopped growing, then:
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":
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.
Shed roof box
You can do:
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.
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.
Build a booth
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 .
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
Frame cladding with plywood
Preparing to install the roof
Installing the roof
The booth is ready
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%.
Kennel for a dog
Detailed drawing of the booth
A drawing of the booth drawn on a tetrad sheet
Drawing of a warm booth