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Old April 11th, 2012, 05:44 PM
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Dog house plans

Anyone have a good set of plans for a dog house? Id like to build one for my two 55 lb elkhounds, searching the web has revealed less than satisfactory results.

I like the look of these cedar units with the clapboard? style sides but just can justify the $800 price tag

http://cedardoghouse.com/dog-house-features.html
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Old April 11th, 2012, 08:38 PM
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I just finished building a dog house for my pups as well and after a bunch of searching decided to just design my own. I ended up framing it with 2x4's, using R-7 rigid insulation in the walls/ceiling/floor and skinned the outside with a synthetic siding material and trimming everything with Azek board. Overall it took a little extra time but I built it in a recess in my deck and am happy with the results. I also purchased a set of the plastic slats that many of the houses use but I am letting my dogs get used to it before putting them on.

I just checked and found that I do not really have any photos other than a couple fuzzy phone pics but I can try to take some over the weekend if you want
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Old April 11th, 2012, 08:39 PM
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Totally, I need some inspiration
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I would do something raised off the ground, incase of water.

Also a removable top is nice for cleaning adding/removing hay/cedar chips etc


Are they 24/7 outside dogs?

About how big?

Are they capable of "climbing" into a house?

You looking for looks or functionality/cost? I've had/been around field trial dogs (pointers) all my life, I've always used a certain type we made. Work great but aren't the prettiest things. You can fit (2) 60lbs dogs in there no problem, sometimes I'll catch 3 of them in there on a real cold night in the winter.

I'll see if I can find a pic
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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:17 AM
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Yea a removable top would be nice. They are indoor/outdoor about 55lbs a piece. Stocky and wide but very athletic, one jumped our 4ft electrified fence. During the winter we find them sleeping in the snow.

I like the idea of the split entryway to keep out the windand a nice functional deducing that will last is what I'm looking for. Would like to make it of cedar.
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Old April 12th, 2012, 07:36 AM
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why not let your dog in YOUR house?
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They do they are indoor/outdoor. More then75% of the time they are indoor. But for bad weather I want them to have a cozy place
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Ok - if your going for the Cedar look you deff wont want what we used.


As for the indoor/outdoor thing..... I've had dogs that we tried to bring inside the garage during real cold nights, they would bloody their nose trying to get back outside and lift up the garage door.

If they are sturdy enough breed and their are more than 1, they are fine to be outside all year long....
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Norwegian Elkhounds - great dogs! Mine passed away recently at 14. Built one of those two-room dog houses with the hinged roof sort of like this: http://www.ronhazelton.com/projects/...ated_dog_house
Living in the SF Bay Area and Northern VA, we didn't get the cold temperatures, so he didn't use it that much. Had a dog door so he came and went as he pleased. That probably had something to do with it as well.
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We love our elkhounds, they are loving, friendly, protective and fluffy
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We love our elkhounds, they are loving, friendly, protective and fluffy
And shed enough undercoat to fill a few pillows each year! My only reservation from getting another one is thier tendency to wonder (for hours) off leash. Yes, good dog, bad owner. There is a guy in Aspen that has a few Elkhounds that follow him around town off leash. I don't know how he does it. It looks like a sled team when he rides his bike through town.
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