Dogs are so lovable and loyal, they will quickly become a part of your family. As a member of the family, they deserve nothing short of the best, and what better than a luxury dog kennel to show your dog how much you care?
Have you ever taken your dog out to a luxury pet resort or a luxury dog hotel? If yes, remember how excited your canine was and imagine treating them to that experience of comfort and luxury every single day. You can buy a ready-made luxury dog kennel, take on the project as a DIY and build the kennel yourself, or invite a professional to build a customized unit for your beloved.
Now then, what, in fact, goes into making a doghouse luxurious and comfortable? Here’s a look at five things to keep in mind –
Wood and plastic are the two most commonly used materials in dog house construction. Wood provides excellent insulation and you don’t have to worry about your dog freezing in the cold weather. On the flip side, fleas are attracted to warmth and infestations are more common with wood than any other material.
Plastic is very easy to clean and does not attract or provide a conducive environment for fleas and other pests to thrive. A downside to using plastic is that it doesn’t absorb odors from pet urine either.
The Size of the Kennel
Dogs are naturally very playful and tend to move around a lot. You want your dog to have enough space to move around, play, and do all kinds of stretches comfortably. Even if your dog is a cute little puppy now, it’ll grow up very fast and you need to keep that in mind when picturing that luxury dog kennel.
Having chosen both material and size, your focus should now shift to the design of the doghouse. First off, the kennel should be elevated a few inches off the ground. This prevents water from getting into the kennel during the wet season and also help in keeping out ants and other crawling insects and pests. For roof design, a detachable roof is always the best option as it allows for easier cleaning. Also, a slanted roof that will properly channel rainwater away from the doghouse is probably a good idea.
It’s only a luxury housing if your dog can be comfortable, regardless of the weather. Hot summer days can be especially uncomfortable if there isn’t enough ventilation. You can remedy that by ensuring that there are holes in the walls to allow for sufficient ventilation. These holes can be easily filled in in the evenings and during the cold season to keep out the cold air.
Flooring and Beddings
You may be tempted to bring in a carpet or rug or spread out a blanket or towels to serve as your dog’s beddings. While the idea is thoughtful and your dog will most certainly be comfortable, it is counterproductive in the long run. This is because these materials trap heat and moisture, making them the perfect breeding ground for pests such as fleas and ticks.
Waking up next to your dog and snuggling with your pooch in front of the TV is beautiful, but they may also enjoy having a space of their own. With these considerations in mind, your dog can have a luxurious spot to rest, sleep and play. Your dog deserves as much and you can make it happen.