Every dog needs a home of its own. If your dog stays inside, that could be a crate, a doggie bed in a corner of the den, or even a favorite spot under your bed. For outdoor dogs, a well-insulated house is essential in a climate like ours.
Many of the thin plastic dog houses you see on the market aren't really adequate for extreme temperatures or wind and rain. A house made of wood with a slanted, shingle roof is the best protection from cold temperatures and wet weather. The house should be a few inches off the ground to keep the floor dry, and the door should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.
If you're interested in building your own dog house, stop by our animal shelter for a copy of a plan detailing a sturdy, draft-free house. This dog house plan has outer and inner walls as well as a door to one side with a wind break, allowing the dog to enter the door and curl up behind the wind break on the other side. The slanted roof is hinged for easy access to the interior for cleaning.