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Building or Renovating a Dog House to Improve Ventilation for Hot Weather

Sep 8, 2019 | For Your Pet

How to build a dog house fit for hot weather
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Summer is finally coming to an end; however, the temperatures in Arizona will continue to stay high despite the transition into the fall months. If you already have a dog house or are planning to build a dog house, now is a great time to renovate or create a safe space for your pup during the “cooler” months. The goal is to create a backyard escape from the desert heat in the fall and spring seasons, and other weather extremes.

Before grabbing your hammer and nails, there are various factors to consider seriously. Taking these aspects under consideration will ensure you create a safe, effective, and reliable dog house that’s built for hot weather. Best of all? Your furry friend will be sure to love their own space! Here’s what you need to know to build a well-equipped dog house for your furry family member:

Consider city requirements 

If you are building a dog house or a dog run, check your city’s requirements, codes, and specifications for permanent or semi-permanent structures. Before you begin renovating or building a dog house, double-check any building codes and processes that might have been put in place by your HOA.

Amenities and features

In addition to double-checking city and HOA requirements, there are some necessary features to consider when creating the blueprints to your beloved pet’s dog house.

  • Ventilation – Having adequate dog house ventilation is an essential part of designing a great dog house as the fresh air flowing freely in and out of the structure helps keep it nice and cool. Since Phoenix regularly gets excessive heat warnings, poor ventilation could very quickly turn into a dangerous situation. If your pup is trying to escape the sun in the dog house, but not getting any fresh air, the house will quickly feel like an oven. When building a dog house, be sure to add an exit and entrance, plus other features that allow for air to circulate, such as windows. With these additions, your pup will be able to be comfortable when going inside their very own sanctuary.
  • Shade – Make sure there’s a solid roof on the dog house. This provides a source of shade — a welcome escape from the heat and direct sunlight.
  • Water – If the dog house or dog run is outside, be sure the pet has a way to access water. Even if you are leaving your pup inside, be sure to include a source of fresh, clean water. The water can be accessible inside the dog house, or you can make sure there’s a way for your pup to get out and get a drink quickly.
  • Cleanliness – Along with its heat, Arizona is also famous for its critters. This includes tarantulas, scorpions, and other creepy crawlers. These pests could attempt to co-habitat your pup’s outdoor dog house. Be sure you clean it out frequently to ensure they are not being exposed to an excess of pests that are also trying to find a cool place to rest from the heat.

For us Arizonans, we don’t really have the luxury of a long, comfortable fall season. Since the Summer heat likes to drag through September and well into October, outdoor temperatures can still reach heights that are dangerous for your pet. Never leave a pet alone outside for long periods. During the summer months when our highs reach 100+, keep your dog in the A/C comfort of your house, not their dog house. Take the opportunity to prepare for the fall, winter, and beyond, and build a dream dog house for your furry friend to provide an escape from the heat while keeping your furry sidekick safe and sound!

Disclaimer: Not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding the medical condition of your pet. If you think your pet has a medical emergency, call or visit your veterinarian or your local veterinary emergency hospital immediately.