The dog house that your dog calls home is one of the most important items that you will ever purchase for your pet. For many animals, this is where they will learn to be potty trained, where they will sleep or where they will stay safe during car or plane rides. With so much dependent upon the home that you chose for your dog, here are 7 things to consider when buying a dog house for your pet…

1. What is the height of your dog?

The height of your dog is a very important thing to know when you are buying a dog crate. Not only do you want to be sure that your dog can actually enter the house but you also want to be sure that they can feel comfortable when they are using it. Imagine what it would be like to move around a small room as a giant. You would constantly be bumping your head on the ceiling or wall. It is much the same with a tall dog and a too short dog kennel or house.

2. What is the weight of your dog?

The weight of your dog is also a vital component to choosing the best place for your dog. Whether this is a wooden dog house or a more modern kennel, knowing the weight of your dog ensures that the house can support your dog’s frame. Knowing that the dog home can support your pet means not having to invest in another crate because the first one failed to properly house your pet.

3. What weather elements will your dog have to weather?

The area in which your family lives will play an important role in helping you to choose a dog pen or house. For example, if you live in a colder climate, installation will be incredibly important for cold, snowy days. Some dog homes are made especially for dogs who live outdoors only, protecting them from both colder and warmer weather.

4. Do you have to worry about your dog wondering off?

If you open your front door and your dog bolts or if you have ever had your dog find his way off of his leash, then you may have an escape artist on your hands. If so, it is well worth the extra effort to ensure that his kennel or dog pen is difficult to escape.

If you have a dog that lives mostly outdoors, this can be especially important. If your pet were to get away and walk into a busy intersection, he could be ran over by a car. Other families who live in mountainous areas might need to worry about predators if their dog found itself lost. Meanwhile, if your dog happened upon a fence and the dog’s collar were to get caught, it could become unable to escape or breathe. For these reasons, it is so important to put a lot of care into choosing the right home for a dog who has been known to escape before.

5. What will you use to line your dog’s house?

Even insulated dog houses need something that will line the bottom of the home. This is for your dog’s comfort and will help them to enjoy sleeping in their home outdoors. It also reduces any moisture from the air and helps to further insulate the home itself, keeping your pet safe in the elements. Many owners use materials like cedar chips to line their dog’s home. Some prefer placing a dog bed inside the home instead to up the comfort level for their family pet.

6. What is the “shelf life” of the dog house?

The quality of the dog home that you buy will ultimately be the deciding factor on how long you will be able to use it. The best way to determine how long a dog home will last is to read reviews, check for product awards and pay attention to the materials used to make the dog home itself.

7. What is the budget?

One of the greatest deciding factors when buying dog kennels or crates is how much room there is in your family’s budget for the home. Be realistic about what you can afford and how much your dog will use the kennel. If you only plan on using the crate during trips, it might not make sense to spend a small fortune on a fancier crate. However, if you expect for your dog to use the crate often, it may be worth the investment to choose quality over price.

With that said, remember that just because a kennel is expensive does not mean that it is the best option. In the same instance, just because a dog containment is inexpensive does not mean that it does not meet the same high standards as more costly homes.

Choosing a home for your dog is not difficult when you ask yourself these 7 questions. When you do, you will find the home that is perfect for your pet.

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