Deer Creek Business
DOG'S HOUSE IS HIS HOME . . .
All too often hunters concentrate on buying the best dog they can afford, provide good veterinarian and medical care, and feed the best diet obtainable . . . but they forget one of the most important ingredients for full dog performance and welfare . . . the housing.
We designed our house so that it can be shipped in pre-constructed panels (sides, front and back, lid and bottom) These assemble into pre-drilled aluminum corners. Assembly is simple with provided screws. This option allows for economical UPS delivery on all cube houses, directly to your home. For those sort on time or tools, we are glad to ship the houses already assembled on a common carrier, at competitive rates. Please call for details.
ABOUT YOUR DOG
The average dog weighs 60-70 pounds, is 40 inches long, 24 inches tall at the shoulders. He displaces 12 inches of vertical space when lying down, head up, and occupies a 24 x 30 inch space, body reposed and comfortable. The dog is a den animal. For however many years, he has existed on this earth, he has sought his safety and security in small confined areas. Given a choice, he will instinctively seek a den type environment. Observation tells us that most of the time the dog prefers to be curled and butted against a wall, preferable a corner. One presumes this to be a protective maneuver. Observations also tell us that a temporarily misplaced dog might be found under the family vehicle, behind the work table out in the tool shed, or flopped down in a recently excavated hole by the garage. Cathedral ceilings and wide open spaces are preferences of humans. It is highly unlikely most dogs are so inclined.
The most frequent need of a dog shelter is to provide winter time protection. For this the dog need three things. He needs a dry and drying environment, protection from the wind, and sufficient food (calories) to maintain his body heat. (This is true for any fur bearing animal, actually.) The LIFESAVER dog house is built with the proper materials and design to create the dry environment and wind protection. The house is constructed with 1 x 2 frames, sandwiched on both sides with 2.7 mm lauan, a veneered wood material used in home building for doors and cabinets. In between the lauan is 3/4 EPS type bubble board insulation. The outside is skinned in aluminum sheeting. There is no plastic to chew on or trap moisture or condensation, no metal include to collect moisture and freeze to the dog's coat. The interior environment wicks moisture away from the dog and is draft resistant. The floor is positioned 5 inches lower than the bottom of the door opening to allow a copious bedding for nesting. The inside dimensions give the dog the best opportunity to maintain warmth in this simulated den. The materials used give the dog the desired dry and draft free environment.
With regards to the insulation feature, insulation is rated in "R" factors. The higher the "R" rating, the higher the insulation value. The predominant types of insulation come in l" thickness and have about a 4 rating. To create significant "warmth", layers of 3 to 6 inches are needed, creating "R" factors of plus 15. However, just as in a well insulated house with single pane windows, heat cannot be maintained in a dog house with a non-insulated, non-sealed metal door. It does not and cannot raise inside temperatures significantly. The value of the insulation is enhancing the draft free environment of the house.
Keeping the above in mind, how much space should a house allow for a typical dog, and how much more space is needed for larger dogs? A basic area of 30 x 30, with 16 to 20 inches of ceiling height will provide the dog a den area suitable for his nesting instincts, and make it easy to maintain body warmth. Because the dog cannot rise within the house, he cannot soil the house, or easily scratch or chew on walls. Larger dogs may need more width or depth to accommodate their larger frames, but their need for overhead space does not incrementally increase.
Allows full access to interior for cleaning, bedding changes and dog handling with lock in place support bracket. Lid is engineered and sealed to be leak proof.
IT'S NOT "JUST A DOOR"
Door openings are sized proportional to house and dog. A 5" lip holds bedding in. Standard, aluminum double swing weather flap allows easy access. A hinged, aluminum, louvered door or a double swing, galvanized, canopy door are available for the ultimate in weather protections and durability for a special price with house purchase.
WHY OUR BOX IS CUBE SHAPED
A dog house shouldn't be larger than the dog can heat. Remember, his body provides the only heat to combat the winter's cold. Peaked or domed roofs can only draw heat away from your dog and help create drafts. Tests have proven the LIFESAVER dog house stays cooler in summer, too. Dogs actually prefer it to outside shade. Double wall construction with insulation helps discourage moisture and seals out heat.
CLEAN AND DRY SEALED INTERIOR
Cleaning is easy with sealed surfaces and easy access. Divider house with double compartment and removable divider, stops even the worst drafts. Great for areas with extreme cold weather.
A taller version of our standard divider house accommodates a removable, false floor with a cut-out for a Scott Pet Products nesting tray. There is a back opening for a plug, and it snaps closed when not in use. This house allows for safer whelping conditions in cold weather and converts to a standard house for year-round use. False floor, puppy rail and heated pan are available for an additional cost.
Finally, we build houses to accommodate your dogs and your needs. Metal, or polyvinyl interiors or floors, as deemed needed or appropriate for your dogs are available. House sizes or door sizes other than standard are also available. Need a special door or heated floor mat installed? No problem-call for details and pricing.
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