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Build a heated dog house plan
Plan for building a heated dog houseBuilding the heated dog house plan requires basic tools. The free dog house plan, pets enclosure plan & how to fit dog house warmers & dog house heater are easy to read. Building a dogs home
an attractive shelter for your pet and fitted with a dog house heater
The heated dog house plan is an adaptable building plan. Modifications can be carried out at any
time during the dog house construction. It is easy to modify measurements of dog house plans.
Plans for a dog house with heatingThere is a list of components used for the construction of the dog house.
The list of dog house panels shows the numbered edges of panels & positions they can be fitted
build a heated doghouse planTo construct the heated dogshouse plan start with the predetermined size of the dogs house base and adapt all the following dog house panels.
Your dog should be able to turn and stand inside the doghouse without brushing any panels. Measurements should be kept to the smallest size for the pets movements inside the dog house. This will reduce the cost of keeping the dog house warm and also creates a comfortable enclosure.
A1/A2 Are equal measurements but larger than A5/A6 by approximately 20%
A3/A4 Are equal measurements but larger than A7/A8 by approximately 40%
A5/A6 Are equal measurements to A7/A8
A7/A8 Are equal measurements to A5/A6
Base measurements of the heated doghouseThe base of the doghouse is the first panel that is cut to size.
can be considerable when cutting panels to match grain for the dog house.
There are pet heated beds / dog house warmers and fan heaters that are weather proof plus many more pet heaters designed to warm a pets home.
When you decide on the correct measurements for your pets home apply them to the base of the doghouse. This is center piece and reference point to the remaining measurements for constructing your pets home.
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If the doghouse with fitted heater is to have an exposed grain pattern, it may help in aligning
all grain directions by marking arrows onto
the doghouse panel patterns indicating the direction of the wood grain. The sides for the doghouse or dogs home will be the following:
B1/B5 .. B2/B6 .. B3/B8 .. B4/B7
Equal measurements. These measurements are for the sides for the doghouse.
Cut out the first side B1/B2/B3/B4 of the dogs home and use this side as a template to make the second side B5/B6/B7/B8. If the surface of the plywood you are using is different on either side make sure that the template pattern is marked on the same sides. This will ensure a uniform
finish to the painted surfaces of the dog
home when you construct the panels.
C1/C2 Equal to A5 and add on twice the thickness of the plywood being used for the side needs to be added on to the overall measurement.
C3/C4 Equal measurements to B1/B5
C5/C6 Equal measurements to A5 plus add on twice the thickness of the plywood being used for the side of the doghouse.
C7/C8 Equal measurements to B2/B6
A1+A2 are the ends of the doghouse roof
A3+A4 are the sides of the doghouse roof
A5+A6 are the ends of the dogs home base
A7+A8 are the sides of the dog house base
B1+B2 are the ends of the doghouse side1
B3+B4 are the sides of the dogs house side1
B5+B6 are the ends of the doghouse side2
B7+B8 are the sides of the doghouses side2
C1+C2 are the ends of the dog house back
C3+C4 are the sides of the doghouse back
C5+C6 are the ends of the dogshouse front
C7+C8 are the sides of the dogs house front
heated pets home planThe materials that are used to construct the doghouse will be decided by the budget that is available to build the dogs home.
A selection of heaters ideal for a dog house can be found on this web page.
Heavier plywood panels will increase the insulation properties of the dog house.
This will reduce the heating cost of the pet heater fitted to the pets home.
Plywood panels chosen for the dog house should not be an exterior plywood that has been treated with chemicals that may be toxic to pets. Select framing timber that is approx. one inch square (25 millimeters) and suitable for the construction you intend to use. (ie screwed glued or nailed to prevent timbers from splitting) Timber will be required to line the inside of the base, sides and four corners. Timber will also be used for guides to re position the roof and heater. solar pet heater > > >
Build a dogs houseGalvanized nails and screws are items required for construction of the dogshouse and pets home. The doghouse will be exposed to the weather so all fixing screws and nails will need to be galvanized or zinc coated to prevent rusting. Construction grade glue is ideal for this form of building. Any paint that has lead or zinc in it should not be used for the small pets home.Painted surfaces release fumes so a curing period will be required after painting the dogs house.
Building a dogshouseBuilding a dogshouse with metal fittings can be a hazard for your pet.
If galvanized or zinc mesh wire is to be used as the front or on a window of the dogs house select mesh wiring that has been electroplated with a galvanized or zinc coating. The majority of mesh wiring on the market has been dipped into a galvanizing bath. Dogs can get zinc or lead poisoning if the wire mesh is chewed.
Construction of the dog house planThe first part of the dog house constructed is the base of the dogshouse.
Line the interior borders of the dog house base with the timber. Remove a section of front timber that is the same width as the door opening. The opening of the dog home can be to the center or side of the pets home. A dog house heater that is positioned away from a permanent opening will operate more efficiently when placed away from a permanent opening.
Assemble the sides to the dogshouse base using galvanized nails/glue or screws.
Keep the plywood's side flush with the doghouse base. Position and fit the upright corner pieces of the timber framing to the side edges of the doghouse.
Fit the back of the dogs home. The plywood back must sit flush to the outside of both plywood sides and flush to the base underside.
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When joining the panels to the framing using screws or nails drill a pilot hole into the plywood and the dog house frame that is smaller than the screw or nail shaft.
the dog house frame from splitting
Dog home planFit the front with the edges flush with the sides of the dog home and base underside
Timber left over from construction can be used
as framing beneath the floor of the dog house.
When you are happy with the structural strength
of the doghouse sand back any rough areas of the dogs home and paint. Don't forget to install our pet heater featured on this page
If you have an obsolete satellite dish ( only use a dish that is your property* ) it can be easily converted into a warm and comfortable dog house.
The dog house plan for building your pets home requires basic tools and skills.
We start the dog house construction by building the base ( satellite dish ) into a comfortable structure that will support a wall and roof.
Dog houses should always be raised from contact with the ground to prevent damp and mildew from entering your pets home.
The dog house plan requires a minimum of three rubber support posts ( legs ) that provide a stable and insulated base for the dog house.
Discarded satellite dishes are often metallic and will readily transfer the cold into your pets home so several methods of insulation will be used in the construction of the dogs home.
Most satellite dishes are powder coated to prevent corrosion. If your dish has good coatings then make every attempt to preserve the surface during the construction stage.
The feet or support legs of the dog house are rubber stoppers also used for the prevention of door handles hitting a wall. These are readily available at most large hardware stores.
Satellite dishes are powder coated to prevent corrosion. If your discarded disc has a good protective coating then all efforts should be made to preserve the surface while constructing the dog house.
The feet or support posts for the dog house base are rubber stoppers. These can be purchased at large hardware stores that stock protective door stoppers. Screws and other forms of fixtures are often included with the door stopper.
To fit the support legs simply locate the center of the dish ( dog house base ) And use this position for spacing of the base supports.
Use a piece of string with some form of marking pen that is opposite in color to the dog house base ( dish ) tied to one end. Hold the opposite end of the string at the center position previously marked and draw a complete circle around the perimeter of the dish at a distance from the center that the feet will be located.
The selected dog house base leg positions must provide a stable platform.
Spacing between the legs can be accurately measured by using the same piece of string and marker. Step out the spaces by adjusting the string length until equal spacing for the dog house supports is obtained.
Screws or fixtures used to hold the support legs to the dish must not have the sharp end exposed inside the dish. Self tapping screws must be driven into the rubber legs with the screw head flush inside the dog house base surface.
Dome headed screws and nuts can be used as an alternative to self tapping screws. The domes must be set flush to the dog house base surface. This will prevent an uncomfortable bulge protruding where your pet rests.
A roof will be required to provide protection from the weather. If another dish is available this will make an excellent roof for the dog house. The dog house plan shows pictures and details of a dog house with satellite dish roof but alternatives are also included.
Select a height for your dog house roof that provides sufficient space for your pet to enter into the dog house. Do not make the space large as this will create an environment that allows the body heat of your pet to escape in cold weather. Insulation built into the dog house and a removable dog house back ( detailed later ) will provide adequate ventilation and protection from hot weather.
The roof supports for the dog house must be constructed from material that provides adequate support for the dog house roofs weight and prevent movement in windy weather. Fixtures used to mount the roof supports onto the dog house base must not create a sharp or large protrusion. This also applies to the roof fixtures.
Detachable dog house walls create a cool ventilated home in the hot weather. Cleaning and maintenance of the dog house is also simplified.
A piece of ply wood molded to the dog house base circumference will make an ideal dog house wall. Select plywood that is free from preservatives. This will protect pets that have a tendency to chew objects within their reach.
The string and marker attached can be used to determine the correct measurements for the dog house wall. Mark a spot on the dog house base where the wall commences. Hold one end of the string against this position and carefully lay out the remaining sting around the perimeter if the dish up to the point where you require the dog house wall to end. Transfer this length on to the dog house wall then mark the height of the wall that is suitable for your dog house design. Cut out the dog house wall to these measurements and dress the edges of the plywood with medium grade sandpaper.
Shape the dog house wall to suit the circumference of the dish. This can be achieved by using a flexible plywood ( approximately three ply ) or molding a heavier plywood with the use of water and pressure.
When the desired shape is obtained dress the entire dog house wall with a fine sand paper and select a suitable finish that complements your dog house appearance.
Position the finished wall to the inside of the dog house roof supports and fasten with counter sunk fittings to create a smooth and comfortable surface for your pet to rest against.
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To build and heat a dogs home and small pets enclosure the materials you use will be the deciding factor on the useful life of the dog house. The use of any material that has been coated or treated with any chemicals that may be toxic to your pet should be avoided.Pets cannot be constantly supervised and it is not unusual for them to chew on their enclosures and resting areas.
Pet heaters that are used to warm the dogs house and all other appliances that have an electrical supply to the pets home must have all electrical leads positioned in a safe and dry area. When constructing a heated doghouse plan, heated kennel, small pets enclosure or heated dogs home organize the positioning of the pets home and all electrical leads and connections before commencing construction the the heated dogshouse.
Any doghouse you build should not have the enclosures floor resting on the ground. Resting the dog house in direct contact with the ground can create mildew and make the dogshouse cold and damp. Rodent control will also be difficult. Face the opening away from any prevailing winds. When using any tools be sure that the proper safety equipment and safety procedures are used at all times.
Read and understand all instruction books that are supplied with any tools and always maintain a clean and safe working area. Never work around children or unrestrained pets or let them in the work area unsupervised.
The free dog house plans and free kennel plans supplied are for personal use only and have all been built and tested for strength and operation and to my knowledge they are correct and accurate. The plans are supplied without warranties and guarantee and you acknowledge that you use them and operate all tools and equipment at your sole risk.
The choice of dog house plan, pet heater or any other building plans for small pets found on this web site and the suitability for the chosen project is entirely your responsibility. You agree to indemnify petheaters from any claims, damages, personal injuries and expenses in regards to any building projects and plans found on this web site.
* You can contact your satellite/cable provider to establish the legal owner of any dish being used to construct the dog house.
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