How to Build a Dog House for a Lab

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A quality doghouse will keep your lab dry in the rain or snow
A quality doghouse will keep your lab dry in the rain or snow (Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dbrulz/376723259/sizes/l/)

Every outside dog deserves a place to call home. Labradors aren't fully grown until 14 months and can become quite large. They will need a sizable house to keep them dry on rainy days, for shade when the weather is hot and a quiet place to take a nap when they're feeling lazy.

Things You'll Need

  • Post hole diggers
  • Four 5-foot 4-by-4 wooden posts
  • Four large sheets of 1/2-inch-thick plywood
  • Table saw
  • Wood glue
  • Hammer and nails
  • Wood paint and finish

Plot out a 4-foot square on your lawn where you would like to erect the dog house. Dig four 1-foot-deep post holes at the corners of the square. Plant the wooden posts securely into the holes.

Cut two 4-foot square slabs of plywood for the left and right sides of the house. Adhere the sides of the house to the posts with wood glue and nails.

Cut two pentagonal plywood slabs for the front and back of the house. They must be shaped and sized identically to the 4-foot squares, except with an additional equilateral triangle atop to accommodate the slanted roof.

Cut a U-shaped hole at least 2 feet tall into the front wall of the house. Adhere the front and back walls to the posts with wood glue and nails.

Measure out and cut two slabs of roofing that will protrude over the sides of the house at least 2 inches to carry off rainwater. Adhere the roofing with wood glue and nails.

Paint and finish the entire house to weatherproof.

Tips & Warnings

  • If housing more than one lab, increase the dimensions of the house accordingly.
  • Always exercise caution when operating a table saw and always wear protective eye gear.

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