Does your dog need a doghouse?

Did you know July is National Doghouse Repair Month? Before the month comes to a close, let’s consider whether your dog needs a doghouse. The most basic necessities for every dog are food, water and shelter. Of course, there are many other supplies your dog needs to stay happy and healthy such as toys, treats, grooming supplies, a comfy bed, regular veterinary care and lots of love and attention. When deciding whether your dog could use a dog house, the primary consideration will be how much time your dog spends outside.

It cannot be stressed enough: your dog wants, most of all, to spend time with you. If your furry pal will be spending most of the time inside with you, then you would do best to get him a comfy dog bed or crate to sleep in inside the home. However, if circumstances require that your dog spends time outside in your yard, you must make sure that he has sufficient shelter–it’s not just the humane thing to do, it’s the law. While regulations and the definition of “adequate shelter” vary by state, every state has laws in place to prevent cruel treatment of animals.

A cozy doghouse will give your dog a safe place to go and should provide:

  • Protection from the elements such as rain, sleet, snow and wind
  • Shade from the hot summer sun
  • Insulation from the bitter cold
  • A den-like place where your dog can feel secure

Remember that it will be very difficult for certain dogs (such as elderly dogs, sick dogs, puppies, thin dogs and dogs with short haircoats) to adapt to living outdoors. Dogs can and do feel the cold and heat, just like you do. Because dogs are highly social animals they thrive on companionship, and experience loneliness and boredom if they are relegated to a solitary life in the backyard, away from the rest of the family they consider their “pack.” Besides depriving the dog of his pack, by keeping him outside you’re missing out on the best part of having a dog: his companionship, and all the love, loyalty, and happiness that comes with having a dog by your side.

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