Learning how to build a simple dog house or kennel is one way in giving your dog a treat. But of course, if you are still planning to get a dog or a puppy, it is also important that you also prepare a kennel for a new member of the family. To learn how to build a simple dog house, here are some simple steps and tips that you can follow.

Have A Dog House Plan Ready

In any woodworking project, it is important to have a plan ready. This will help you avoid making mistakes in the measurements and in the patterns you need for your woodworking project, and of course, a great kennel starts from a good plan. If you are a newbie in woodworking, try some easy plans to make your first project easy as well.

Prepare Your Tools And Materials

Learning how to build a simple dog house does not require some complex tools. In fact, you may already have these tools in your shop. Handsaw, hammer, drill, and wrench are among the materials that you will need. Also find a good wood for your project. Keep in mind that although pretreated wood may be good for woodworking projects, it is being treated with toxic chemicals that can also be dangerous to your dog. Don’t use pretreated wood on the floor or the frames, or any part of the kennel that can be chewed by your dog, although you can use it for your roofing.

Building The Kennel Or Your Pet’s Shelter

The first thing you have to do is to build the base of the kennel. Decide the size of your pet’s kennel that is just right for him. Make sure you will have a kennel that is not too big for your pet as this may also make him hard to get himself warm in cold months.

However, you have to make sure too that your dog can move and turn around inside his small house. Of course, the measurements of your base will depend on the size of the kennel you are making.

After you are done nailing the base of the kennel, you can then cut the plywood for the walls and put them next. For added protection, you can also insulate the walls with foam to make your kennel a comfortable haven no matter what season it is.

After you are done with the walls, you can then proceed with the roof frame and then the roof. You can make use of pretreated wood or you can also shingle your roof to make it weatherproof.

After you are done with it, you can also add other extras just like adding window designs for the kennel or you can also add a little porch outside the dog’s house for your dog to relax. You can then proceed to painting after everything is done.

Indeed, learning how to build a simple dog house is also simple, as long as you have a dog house plan that you can follow and the materials. Also keep in mind some tips and warnings that will help you make a dog-friendly shelter for your pet.

Article originally published at Source by Carolyn Anderson