How can I Build a Doghouse?

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  • Written By: Malcolm Tatum
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 27 March 2020
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If you have decided that your pet deserves a new doghouse, there are several ways you can go about constructing the ideal dog house for your four legged friend. Of course, the easiest way to build a doghouse is have a professional come in and do the work for you. However, if you prefer to build a doghouse yourself, there is some preparation you need to do before you begin the project. Here are some tips to help you build a dog house that both you and your pet will be proud of.

In order to build a doghouse that will stand up to the elements, you need to invest some time in looking at doghouse plans. You will find a number of different plans that are used to build doghouses. Some of the plans will be quite elaborate, while others are more simplistic. Your goal is to find a doghouse plan or two that (a) you possess the skill level to complete, and (2) will prove to be a safe and secure dwelling for your pet.


Take into consideration such factors as the size of your pet, the type of weather that your dog will deal with when using the doghouse, the location for the doghouse, and the amount of money you can reasonably afford to invest in the construction of the doghouse. Just as you need to plan carefully for the building of any edifice for yourself or your family, similar care should be given to the construction of doghouses. By determining what you need in advance, as well as what you can afford, will make it much easier to build a doghouse that will fit your needs and your budget.

Once you have found the right plans, you can begin to assemble the tools and the materials needed to build a doghouse. Plans for doghouses usually come with a list of what you will need. If there is no list, then read through the instructions on the plans carefully, making a list of every item required, down to the last nail and screw. Also take note of every tool that you will use during the construction. You will quickly find that in order to build a doghouse without undergoing a great deal of stress requires that you have everything you need within arm’s reach before you begin.

Unless you are a master carpenter, stick to the plans while you build a doghouse for your pet. While you may find great joy in being creative, keep in mind that you have never done this sort of thing before. Don’t second-guess the experts this time. Follow the plans to the letter and make a note of how things come out. Once you have completed one doghouse, you can always try a few changes the next time you build a doghouse. Staying on track will mean less stress for you and a quicker completion of the project overall.



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