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Cedarwood Dog Houses


  • Buy the right size house for your dog. Too small and he’ll outgrow it… too big and he’ll never go inside.  There should be enough room them to curl up but not too much extra space.
  • Choose a wood dog house above any other kind such as metal or plastic.  Wood provides the ultimate in long lasting environmentally-friendly qualities. 
  • Some of our Cedar Doghouses are available with an awning or porch cover just above the door for extra shade and protection from harsh weather.
  • If you can, put the doghouse underneath shelter.
  • Raise the doghouse up off the ground for better protection against moisture, earth’s temperature changes and for drainage.  If you’re not putting a deck under the house, use bricks or rocks to prevent decay from insects such as ants or hatching eggs underneath the soil. ‘
  • Make sure the doghouse you choose has a front door cover or is off-center to eliminate direct exposure to bright sunshine, wind or snow.
  • Keep the dog house door on most of the time, especially during frigid seasons.
  • You may want to lay a layer of bedding, like wood shavings or a dense, moisture-proof foam pad.  Cedar bed shavings may keep the dog from chewing if they are scattered over the mat.
  • Don't use carpet, fabric, straw, towels or blankets for dog beds. Body heat, moisture, and darkness will attract fleas, ticks and fungus.
  • Some doghouses have the option for insulation.  This can be a big help in very hot or very cold climates.
  • Tie or remove doors during hot weather to increase interior ventilation.
  • Only apply stain to the exterior, not the interior of a Cedar Dog House.  Don't apply stain or water sealer to the "interior" of a cedar house. (For ultimate exterior protection against damage from water and sun while still maintaining the wood's "natural" color, try Thompson's® Water Seal® Clear Wood Protector.)