People often ask for photos of
how I set up my puppy pens
First.... Puppy Pens.
Until the puppies are about 4 weeks old the dog house is pushed to the rear. After that the house is set about a foot away from the rear so they can go around it. We found that the babies sometimes got "lost" going around the back when they were first venturing out of the house.
Second... Our Dog Houses.
We have tried a lot of houses.
Insulated, hinged, peak roof, flat roof....
They very much preferred the flat top house
I cut a 4 x 8 sheet up the
middle length wise. Then I cut the 2 x 8 strip into two 3 foot lengths
leaving a 2 foot piece.
I made about 20 of them and bundled them into units with the frames already attached. Each unit was wrapped and once done I had a whole kennel of instant dog houses that I could easily transport and assemble as needed.
By putting small blocks on the
interior corners of the lids I could have a removable lid.
By pre-painting the houses
they were ready at any time and easy to paint in the shop.
Here is a 2 x 2 x 4 house.
Note that I made the hole high so that bedding stays in.
The barrel houses were first
shown to me by a vet. It was what they used for their dogs.
I looked at rain barrels, but those were far too expensive, much much more than the sealed units. I just used a jigsaw to cut the openings. The door on the black one is too big. I did them a little too large. You want the dogs to get in and out easily but you don't want to loose heat or bedding.
This house came from another musher. He used Puckboard on the face (pretty much unchewable) and the square bottom helps it to not roll. Rolling is actually not as much of a problem as you would think.
You can make cradles for them from two 4 x 4s or gardening ties and a couple pieces of chain or wood strapping. You can also simply screw the wood right to the barrel. The right pallet will let you knock out a slat or two and then the barrel has a cradle and a deck. Or, you can just let them roll. If you live in a very wet area you can drill holes in them to let water drain out. They will hold water VERY well!.
Hommage to Hawke
Shannon de Bruin BSc Ag
My cell phone is 780-298-7747
Shown in 6 Countries,
Shipping World Wide
We would love to hear from you!
SIBERIAN HUSKY, Siberian, Husky, huskies, huskey, dog, dog's, husky's arctic, breeder, breeders, breeder's, kennel, puppy, puppies, Canada, Alberta Edmonton, Calgary, BC, b.c., Vancouver, Victoria, dogsled, sled, mush, tour, vacation, dogsled vacation, dogsled tours, B&B, show, pet, race, racing, mushing, blue eyes, wolf, ANIMAL TALENT, Animal, Talent, Siberian Husky, Malamute, Samoyed, McKenzie river, sled, dogsled, animal actor, animal actors, film, movie tv, commercial, SNOWDOGS, Disney