Price outdoor doghouses in retail stores as well as online and you will discover high prices, even for lower quality varieties made from cheap plastic. Why pay high prices for something made of cheap plastic just because it is designed and marketed especially for dogs? Forget about buying a store-bought doghouse, and make a cheap waterproof version instead. A waterproof doghouse for a small or medium size dog can be made for less than $15.00, and it will work just as well or better than expensive commercial varieties during the warmer months of the year. Building skills are not required.
Turn a Large Plastic Storage Bin into a Doghouse
A large plastic storage bin can be turned into a waterproof doghouse with the help of a utility knife, and it can be equipped with an overhang. Draw an opening on the width of the overturned plastic storage bin using a fine-tip marker. Cut out the doorway for the doghouse with a sharp utility knife. If it has rough edges, lightly sand them away with medium-grit sandpaper.
If the waterproof doghouse will be placed in a grassy area or another spot where the ground is soft. Drill holes around the rim of the doghouse to accommodate small metal anchors like the type used to anchor lightweight tents or shelters. This cheap but sturdy doghouse is no-doubt lighter in weight than store-bought ready-made shelters, and the anchors will stop it from being turned over by the dog or the wind.
Next, glue the lid to the top of the overturned container. This will create eaves for the doghouse while reinforcing the roof. Use strong waterproof adhesive, and follow product label instructions for best results.
Line the inside with plenty of hay or straw. Also, consider placing bales of hay or straw around the outside of the waterproof doghouse to add more insulation from the wind and cool temperatures. The dog is sure to love his new den.
Consider this Cheap Waterproof Doghouse for a Very Small Dog
When looking for a cheap waterproof doghouse for a very small dog, consider using the top of a covered cat litter box. It comes complete with a door that allows the animal to go in and out. Most also have ventilation slats on top, but they can be covered and sealed. Use waterproof tape to cover the openings and remove the charcoal insert if it comes with one. Follow the aforementioned instructions to anchor and line this small waterproof doghouse for warmth and stability.
In any case, provide the dog with a warm waterproof doghouse during the cold months of winter, preferably in a sheltered location. Even an outdoor dog with a thick coat requires a proper doghouse for comfort and good health. Use commonsense, and provide your dog with the very best outdoor doghouse if he must stay outside during the coldest months of the year. He is relying on you for shelter and the very best care.