Customizing Your Pre-Fab Dog House

Whether you're talking about your "man cave" or your personal office, having your own private space can be a sanctuary after a long day. What you may not realize is that your dog feels the same way.

A dog house can literally feel like home for a pooch. Some favorite toys, an old blanket and a clean water dish can look like a Heaven on Earth for most dogs. For owners who love to spoil their pets, a dog house can be even sweeter.

For years, dog owners have been building small, fort-style dog houses in their backyards for man's best friend. Unfortunately, many dog owners don't have the time or woodworking experience to build a dog house that can withstand the abuse of summer rains and winter snow.

"A dog is the only thing on Planet Earth that loves you more than you love yourself," said Josh Billings.

Because our dog loves us so much, it makes sense to give them a dog house that he or she will cherish and appreciate for years. After all, if you invest time and money into a backyard addition, you want to make sure that your dog will actually use it.

Popular Dog Houses

Today, pet companies have taken the sweat and grit out of building a dog house. Whether you have a Chihuahua or a Great Dane, there are ready-made dog houses available for your pooch. This is great news for non-carpenters like myself who require at least three trips to Home Depot to replace a loose picket in a fence. Some of the most popular pre-fab dog houses include:
  • The Barn Dog House: This quaint barn-style dog house is constructed from Fir Wood, which is one of the most durable outdoor materials available. The pieces can be put together in minutes with a common screwdriver and has a roof that is easily detachable.

Making a Pre-Made Dog House Your Very Own

If you're considering a pre-made dog house as opposed to constructing your very own, you may be disappointed with the plainness of the initial design. However, a pre-made dog house doesn't need to stay boring. There are plenty of simple things you can do to make your dog house a unique addition to your home. Plus, it gives you an opportunity to show off Fido's personality.
  • Doormats: It may seem funny to have a doormat for a dog house, but many dog owners have said that the addition of a welcome mat has helped keep the floors clean in their dog houses. Plus, there are hundreds of different doormat options at local home goods stores.
  • Paint: Most dog houses are already constructed from clean, furbished wood, which makes them perfect to paint. If you want to paint the inside, make sure you use a lead-free paint to keep your pooch healthy. For the outside, make sure you get something that is resistant to harsh weather.
  • Shingles: Whether you want to install shingles or clay tiles, the addition of a custom roof can add years to your dog house while protecting it from added heat. An added layer on your roof can also make boring dog houses look very luxurious.

The most important thing to remember when customizing your dog house is that there is no wrong way to decorate it. As a pet owner, you have the freedom to express your dog's personality as much (or little) as you wish. However, manufacturers of dog houses warn consumers that they should not change the structural integrity to any of their products when doing these modifications. Yet, there is no reason why you can't have a blast painting the trim and walls of your pooches new home.

If you're looking for a pre-made Dog house to purchase, be sure to ask the pet experts at by calling 800-957-5753. The dog lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the products that we carry in our catalogue.

By Sean Bowes
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