HOW TO BUILD A DOG HOUSE?
In the introductory section of the book, the author acknowledges that dogs are the most kept pets globally. He emphasizes on the significance of proper kennels for dogs. He actually opines that a kennel is the one of the fundamental and most basic need for an out-door dog.
In summary form, the author outlines the various issues to be considered in order to provide the ideal kennel for your dog. These issues include the size of your dog considering that we have various species of dogs that portray different sizes, ventilation and temperature regulation requirements among other issues.
In the first chapter of the book, the author dwells on the available varieties of dog kennels. He states that other than the traditionally recognized and most popular ‘snoopy’ dog kennel which is generally characterized by a sharp peaked roof top and a curved entrance on one of its sides, other varieties do exist.
The variations that the author talks of are variations in regards to the shapes,style or layout, construction materials used and mobility with some dog kennels been movable while others are not.
The author also clarifies that for the purposes of this book, the word kennel should only be understood to mean a ‘dog house’ and not a ‘dog shelter’; a place where canines are bred, trained and boarded; according to his definition. This helps keep the readers’ mind focused to one meaning of the term ‘dog kennel’ and not the other.
Essentially the author breaks down dog kennel varieties into two broad categories. The stationary or permanently fixed and the portable or movable dog kennels.
For the stationary dog kennels, the author classifies them in terms of the construction materials coming up with five sub classes namely; wooden, plastic, metallic, barrel and fiber glass dog kennels.
For the wooden dog kennels, he categorizes them further in terms of their roof appearance forming three sub categories namely; pitch roofed, loft and single panel flat roofed kennels. He uses quite commendable diagrams to illustrate these variations.
The author finally outlines the advantages, disadvantages, strength, durability,comfort as well as cost implications of each and every dog kennel variety mentioned herein above.
For the portable or movable dog kennels, three varieties are introduce namely; dog tents, soft dog crates and inflatable dog kennels. Generally, the author simply classifies this category of dog kennels in terms of the construction materials and is of the view that they are only useful for accommodating the dogs in situations that involve travelling outside the home for instance hiking. He is also of the view that they cannot be used for housing aggressive dogs in due respect to the presumably weak materials that they are made off.
Though the author makes a good effort and some valid arguments, I find classification quite shallow. I believe that movable dog kennels are not purposely made for transporting dogs only. They can be made for the sole purpose of housing dogs.They can be made of any material be it wood, plastic, metals or any other available materials and can be of any size. Being movable or portable simply means that they can be moved from one position to the other. That they are not permanently, affixed to the ground.
The second chapter seems like a deviation from the originally intended topic. In this chapter, the author provides guidelines regarding purchasing rather than building of dog kennels. He outlines various issues of consideration for dog owner who intent to purchase ideal kennels for their dogs. The main issues outlined are issues relating to cost, size and preferred layout of the kennel.Other minor issues include the fitness of the materials that the kennel is made of and their suitability in regards to the kennel’s intended purpose as well as the preference of the dog.
Even though the contents of this chapter manifest a clear departure from the topic of the book, the information contained in it can be quite useful and should not be disregarded. For instance the information regarding the importance of a well-ventilated dog kennels, the ideal size of a dog kennel in relation to the size of the dog and temperature regulation, appropriate bedding to be kept in the kennel for maximum comfort and the information on the appliances or items that can be used to heat up the kennel whenever needed is of great significance.
Chapter three of the book carries the most relevant information. Here the author provides the most relevant information and speaks to the intended audience fulfilling the intended purpose behind the entire book. It is in this chapter that the author seemingly and in a considerably well elaborated manner explains to that ‘layman’ dog owner on how to personally construct the ideal kennel to comfortably house their dog.
The author starts simply by outlining the tools and accessories that are needed for such a task. He then takes the readers through the necessary stages from the planning stage, preparation of the building materials to the actual building of the kennel.
The author outlines and explains in detail the steps to be followed in each stage, provides measurements and uses clearly labeled diagrams which makes it easier for the readers to understand and easily grasp the content. In summary this chapter kind of a manual written so simply that a first timer can use it and achieve desirable results which is quit commendable and the author deserves credit for that.
Chapter four partly emphasizes the contents of chapter two and specifically on the ideal size of the dog kennel. The author also introduces new useful information such as the importance of lifting the dog’s kennel a few inches off the ground to avoid flooding by fun off water which helps keep the kennel dry, the need to ensure that the kennel is weather proof in relation to the prevailing weather conditions, safety requirements and finally tips on how to make your dog accept and love the newly build kennel.
This is a short book written in the simplest form possible. As the title suggests,the book is generally about construction of proper dog kennels for out-door dogs.
Speaking to dog owners, the author elaborates on the significance of proper kennels. It is a matter of great significance to him that he equates the importance of appropriate kennels to dogs to the importance of appropriate housing to human beings. In support of the latter, the author is of the considered view that it is as important for dogs just as it is for human beings to be protected from extreme and harsh weather conditions among other things and that can only be achieved through the provision of appropriate dog kennels.
Regardless of the few issues that can be attributed to clarity of some information that the author intents to pass, unwarranted deviations from the main topic as well as poor flow of thought manifested in some sections of this book, I find it quite simple, informative and a worth read for dog owners who really care about the well-being of their dogs and would want to provide ideal kennels for them.