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How to build a dog house


How to build a Dog House

I sleep in the house and I have no use for a dog house, but I do know a way to build one that is fairly easy to build.

This is a simple Dog House design that anyone can make. You just need a little time and the right materials. Only one important rule: "Measure Twice, Cut Once".

You will need for this project:


1 - 4'x8'x5/8" Exterior Grade Plywood Sheet (not PT or Interior)

2 - 2"x4"x8' Pressure Treated Boards

1 - 2"x2"x8' Untreated Boards

1 - Box 1-5/8" Galvanized Deck Screws

1 - Box of 16d(penny) Galvanized nails

1 - Quart Exterior Paint or Stain

1 - Bundle Composite Roof Shingles

1 - Tube of Wet/Dry roof cement for caulking gun

(Don't use pressure treated wood on any parts the dog may chew. It contains poisons that could seriously hurt your dog.)


Tape measure

Circular saw (or table saw)

Drill (any type)

Screwdriver bit

Spade Bit or "Paddle" Bit (3/4" or larger)

Hammer (16oz.)

Paint Brush


Safety Glasses

Carpenter's Square

Caulking Gun

Some fundamental things to remember are that the doghouse should be raised up off the ground to keep out moisture and help insulate the floor for the dog from the cold.

The doghouse should be large enough for the dog to comfortably turn around but small enough to keep the dog's body heat close. Exterior grade cushions or pads can also be added for comfor for the dog.



The base (or Foundation) of the doghouse will sit on the ground so we should use the pressure treated 2"x4" to go under the house. (It is not likely that your dog will chew these boards, but we know that some dogs will chew anything. If you think your dog may chew them then you may want to use untreated wood and paint it with something your local paint store would recommend. And adjust your material selections from the supply list.) Cut the PT 2"x4"x8' into four pieces. Two pieces at 24" and two at 21". The longer pieces will serve as your walls, and the two shorter pieces your front and back

The foundation is nailed together using the 16d(penny) nails. Make sure to drill 3/4 to 1" holes in all sides of the base to let moisture from the ground to evaporate and prevent wood rot. The holes can be screened to keep out rodents and birds or vents can be purchased at a hardware store, or you could just leave it open and figure the dog will keep away the mice.


Template & Assembly

Measure Twice and cut once. I have labelled a diagram of a possible layout to draw onto the sheet of exterior grade plywood. You can see this on the right. Changes to the size of the template should be checked first wth your tape measure or sketched on graphing paper to figure out the correct scale.

The ROOF's are to be cut in the dimensions of 21-1/2"x32" on Side A (the extra half inch is to attach them evenly) and 21"x32" on Side B to match the width of the base and add enough height to add comfort for the dog as well as a good pitch for the roof. The FRONT and BACK also are 21" wide (picture not quite to scale sorry) and 27" high to the gable (the tip of the point to the bottom) and tapering down to 16" on the sides of FRONT and BACK. The WALL's are to be cut at 16"x25-3/4".

Cut the template out after you have measured a second time. Measure Twice, Cut Once.

Carefully attach all of the sides with the decking screws as shown in the next photo.

Optional "tabs" can be cut with the remainder of the lumber that can be used to fasten the roof on more snugly. Cut tabs after assembly of walls, front, and roof sections. Place roof onto top where you want it to stay and trace a line in pencil on the underside of the roof where the walls meet the roof. Cut small pieces no more than an 1-1/2"x2-3". Use carpenter's glue to adhere the small blocks on the INSIDE of the line (did I emphasize inside?). These "tabs will make the roof stay in place and keep your dog from taking off the roof.


The pieces assembled should look something like this. The opening needs to be cut prior to attachment and should be measured against your dog.


The roof is designed to be removable. This will make for easier cleaning in the inside. You may elect to seal the roof to the structure, but we recommend keeping it removable. Dog smells can get a little funky after a while without cleaning.

The roof attaches easy because side A is slightly longer and sits on top of Side B to be screwed together. The optional wet/dry roof cement can be added to any holes or seams that might let water through. The shingles can be applied using the same cement but the ridge cap on the top may require a nail or two. Bend any nails as to not hurt your dog that come through the ceiling.

(Read the section on optional tabs. )

Apply your paint or stain and allow the house to cure completely before allowing your dog to use it.



sole on October 11, 2012:

love it!! Im making one for my lab. Puppie she need a house

aaron on September 21, 2012:

thanks for your help

helen on April 10, 2012:

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maj on January 27, 2012:

Thanx for info.g

oing to build dog house and donate to humaine society.

Killa kam on January 18, 2012:

itz a wrap

Quagmire on January 11, 2012:

what the hell is a dog

Quagmire on January 11, 2012:

you guys are all frickin duche bags.

Louis on December 18, 2011:

does anyone know how much this is to make? ie: how much all of the building materials are in total? thanks

holly on March 26, 2011:

it was rubbish it did not help me

lilly on March 22, 2011:

i need a cool digned one not a simple small little thing but sorry not good for my dog!!!!

sam on February 22, 2011:

thanks ya it work

MAKRAM on November 17, 2010:

thanks a lot for the infor

winnnifer on November 13, 2010:

me and my small dog Mickey wanted a dog house and thankyou for the onfo!!

sarah on October 03, 2010:

cool thanks for the info

lola :P on October 02, 2010:

thanks :P

bill on August 08, 2010:

im going to make them and sell them

liz on July 08, 2010:

how big is this house after its built :) cos my dogs the size of a golden retriever?

Kaz on April 04, 2010:

I think this was a great diagram easy to follow instructions. Too bad the dickheads that write pathetic and filthy comments after it.

tyler on March 15, 2010:

thankyou, this has give me some great ideas for my course work :)

emily on February 15, 2010:

THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!! We have to write an essay on how to make a doghouse and this has given me a lot of insight and ideas about what I'll write. I'm really glad I decided to click on this site. If I ever have a dog I'll use to help me a doghouse! :)

josie on February 07, 2010:

tank you so much it hleped me with my project

dorothyrichardson on December 14, 2009:

Thanks so much it is great when you can go online and find just what is needed. It is good to know that some people do care and don't mind sharing.

ricky on October 21, 2009:

how has a go cart

zach on June 20, 2009:

Thanks my two dog's one is a chuaua and other one is a atalian grey hound and they both love it!!!

bella cullin on June 07, 2009:


i just got a dog name sunshine.

its a puddle.

Jason Pandher on June 05, 2009:

man thanks

May on May 10, 2009:

my meaning is hw 2 use box only 2 make the dog house

darren on February 15, 2009:

it is to spacious

cesar on January 09, 2009:

cool information

alfred on December 09, 2008:

is there a prefabricated dog house?

Ashley on November 15, 2008:

i have a small dog so i need to make him a dog house and these plans were a lifesaver.

Kristy on October 02, 2008:

Thanks I have a very small dog that doesn't need a dog house, but my 8 year old daughter really wants to build him one. This looks like a good simple plan.

mazza on September 03, 2008:

why would you want to have 5dogs? Weird family!

farah on July 27, 2008:

thank tat was some good adcice

Sasha on June 09, 2008:

This is such a great idea! Me and my friend are planning on building a dog house, I love this design and plan on using it. Thanks for the post!

JUSTIN on May 23, 2008:

thank tat was some good adcice

Mel on January 24, 2008:

Thanks for the info, it was truly helpful. This spring I plan to build my dog her own house...maybe she'll enjoy being outside more

Thanks again!

reid on December 23, 2007:

thanks im gonna use this for my geometry project

lee on November 17, 2007:

thanks you guys made everything simple as it can be best site on here

shawna on October 14, 2007:

i have a yorkie and that would work great for her

Shelly on October 09, 2007:

Omg I have 30 dogs i had 5 but the had puppys like 5 times ! Now I have tp make 50 dogs Grr

Breanna on October 09, 2007:

That's so stupid just buy one !

Breanna on October 09, 2007:

That's so stupid just buy one !

hannah on July 22, 2007:


Joe on July 16, 2007:

Great site, My wife makes me sleep in the dog house...

Hannah on April 16, 2007:


Lara on March 29, 2007:

Thanks for your post! I learned something new!

Hal on March 28, 2007:

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Bill on March 28, 2007:

Good post! Where did you learn that?

Lora on March 28, 2007:

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Adam on March 27, 2007:

Good job! It gave me something to think about!

George on March 25, 2007:

Good post! It really helped me!

Anna on March 23, 2007:

Thanks for your post! I enjoyed reading it!

Sarah on March 21, 2007:

Nice post! It helped me a lot!

haroza on March 15, 2007:

Nice post! It was really useful!

siseco on March 15, 2007:

Thanks in advance!

hohaki on March 14, 2007:

Thanks in advance!

darosi on March 14, 2007:

Thanks in advance!

karl on March 14, 2007:

What I meen is - How much space does a dog need to have in a house?

Angel on February 15, 2007:

I am a stay at home mom and im bored to death..We have 5 dogs.. They all have the store bought doghouses but I want them to have something more special. Im sure they would like a change also. I like your plan to build a doghouse..I think even as a female I can master it..Thanks, Angel

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