July is National Doghouse Repair Month
July is National Dog House Repairs Month. And while I firmly believe that dogs should be inside and sleeping on your bed, I have to accept that there arte dogs that still have dog houses. Therefore its up to pet owners to ensure that they are always in tip-top condition
An outdoor doghouse – should be just that – a house that offers a dog a place to retreat from very hot summer weather and also a place that offers protection from rain and icy cold conditions.
To this weekend, if you have a doghouse, its time to inspect it and see that it is in a good state of repair. And, if not, make sure whatever fixing needs to be done is on your to do list.
A doghouse must be both waterproof and insulated. If any wooden portions are worn or chewed and need replacing make sure you NEVER use pressure treated wood because it contains arsenic, which is of course highly toxic if you pet licks or chews on it.
Also check for nails and screws that are sticking out that could cause an injury.
A think its important for dog owners to understand that a doghouse is portable and that it should be moved to a shady spot in the hot summer months. While in winter its important to ensure which way its facing so that it gets sun but still doesn't face “the weather” in other words the direction of the wind or rain in your area. And, if it needs moving, move it!
If you need some practical DIY advice, please tune in to House Pets on the nationally syndicated radio show On the House. I will be chatting with DIY gurus Morris Carey and James Carey. The show airs around 8.30 a.m PST -11.30 a.m EST.
You can listen live by visiting the website www.OntheHouse.com
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