HOW TO BUILD A DOG HOUSE! EASY DIY ~ looks like a LOG CABIN

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OFF GRID with DOUG and STACY are building a large log cabin dog house that looks like a log cabin. We have Airedale Terriers and they are a large breed dog and this dog house will be great for them!
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36 Comments on “HOW TO BUILD A DOG HOUSE! EASY DIY ~ looks like a LOG CABIN”

  1. Love what you’ve done to the place Doug and I’m certain the Faith and Maggie love their new hang out hut. Very nicely done. Super sled to move it around. Such a smart idea

  2. You’ve just inspired me to build one of these for my shepherds, so I’m sure I’ll be watching this video over a couple hundred times. πŸ€”πŸ› Thanks Doug!! πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŒΎ

    1. +Juanita Haley….Shepherds are awesome. I raised/trained livestock Aussies for many years. Smartest darn dogs we ever developed.

  3. I’m gonna adapt this to be shorter and have more “rooms” inside for the yard cats I care for outside. And then of course my indoor cats will want one too….sigh, LOL! Thanks.

    1. jred1838 He’s shareing his talents with us and you are just being RUDE. lots of times while doing ‘projects’ I wear my old clothes or not so great clothes so if they get ‘messed up’ it’s not a big deal.

    2. +jred1838…..Thanks for the laugh dude. Who gives a rat what a shirt looks like on our own place? Personally, I’ll wear a shirt, jeans, shoes, or coat until they fall apart and clog the machine filters. Then I’ll use ’em for cleaning rags. YouTube aside, ‘homesteading’ AIN’T no fashion show. I spend about 15 bucks a YEAR on WORK jeans at the local thrift store. My Step Mom spends that a MONTH just for socks for my long suffering Dad. That’s just foolish. He discretely passes off his ‘extras’ whenever I visit. Guess who hasn’t had to spend a DIME on shirts or socks for over 25 years. Now, all that said, I DO spend big bucks a work boots every 4-5 years.

    3. Oh for heaven’s sake people, lighten up! Did you see the “lol” after the comment? If you have watched any number of his videos you know he has a sense of humor (remember catching the chicken video). I live on a homestead and certainly have work clothes which are stained and have holes in them. Also, the first portion of my comment was to say it looked fantastic. No rudeness there!

  4. We all know what opinions are like….and that everybody has one. I don’t think the ‘duplex’ doghouse is a good idea….I would almost bet they will be trying to fit in one side or the other together. Dogs are very social when you have 2 or more with the same masters, they will really want to ‘sleep in a heap’, especially if it’s cold. Duplex or single, Doug you did a great job, and it will look great on the Homestead.

    1. we put straw in there and that is a great insulator and they like to sleep solo, this breed is very independent

    1. OFF GRID with DOUG & STACY I was picturing it patched back together like a patchwork quilt. Plus all the holes make for great ventilation 😁

    2. +Linda Mitchell….There’s LOTS of humor in the comments above. Doug is a great sport. Comfortable in his own skin. AND, with all due respect, Stacey is adorable. Raggedy shirt aside, we know FULL well she takes the best of care of him. Just imagine how rich our lives would be if we all had neighbors like them. (Oh, wait, I DO.)….LOL.

    3. +Teja Lee….LOL. MORE funniness on this insane thread. Careful tho. Stacey might think seriously about scratchin’ yer eyes out. LOL. As much as I’ve enjoyed the laughs here, I feel I owe Doug and Stacey an apology for flaming it up below a serious upload.

  5. A couple of design changes I would make would be: I would have hinged the roof to make cleaning the inside easier. I would have made the wall separating the apartments removable as you may find that dogs like sleeping together especially in winter. And I would not have made the doors open straight into the apartments. An ‘L’ shape entry blocks the wind from blowing into the apartment. You will find flaps are pretty useless. I would have also made the doors much smaller for heat retention. Adding sheet vinyl flooring would get them off the preservatives in the plywood, provide a moisture barrier and make cleaning easier, especially if you get a flea or tick infestation. Even if you wanted to keep 2 apartments, I would have made 1 door in the center, again for heat retention. Otherwise a nice build. xoxo from Arizona.

    1. I don’t like hinged roofs. Too heavy and hard to open and keep open. Then it is hard to clean out from the top. I would rather have a wide hinged door in the back to sweep out. Some dogs do not share the same place well. One dog may guard the door and not let the other inside or go in and attack the dog that is in there, because it is in the territory of the other. Then, like you said, some dogs prefer sharing the same space. I agree about the L shape, where they can get out of the way of wind and rain blowing in the door. Od course positioning the house where it does not face the direction that the weather comes in from helps. Or facing the house toward a wall to block the wind, can help too. I have always wanted a dog house with a porch for them to lay on for shade and helps protect the doorway.Β  Of course their dogs run loose and can choose where to lay for shade. For me, I would rather have two seperate dog houses, rather than the duplex style. It is a great dog house and wont blow away in the wind and good thick walls for insulation.

  6. FINALLY, somebody fastens corrugated roofing correctly. I didn’t see ANY thing ‘wrong’. OK, MAYbe a ‘bit’ too much square and level time for MY time pressure on a dog house, but who am I to judge? If we set out to do a 100% job and end up with 95%,….cool. But if we approach it half azzed to begin with, who knows what we’re gonna get? I SAY WELL DONE Doug.

    1. Awesome Looking log home! Do your dogs keep predators away? I just found your channel the other day and have been hooked.Straw is not enough to keep the dogs warm. They cannot maintain warm body temperature without insulation, flap on door and lower ceiling. God Bless

  7. Loved it !! Love the water catchment idea and it was really cute to see the puppy in the background waiting for its home πŸ˜†

  8. The Ondura sucks compared to 28 gauge ribbed steel roofing. Steel reflects 95% of radiant heat….keeping it cool in summer and warm in winter. The center wall didn’t need to be framed….You could have just made a slot for a 3/4″ sheet of plywood and skipped the 2x4s altogether. Also, why did you not insulate the floor, ceiling and walls? Dogs get cold in the winter. Insulation would help to retain their body heat and make them far more comfortable in winter months.

  9. As beautiful as that Kennel is, I would not put a Dog in them to sleep in the depths of a really
    snowy Winter like you’ve had in past years! Do you plan on insulating the inside and giving them something soft to sleep on?

  10. Great build Doug however, with the humid and oh so hot Missouri summers, where are the open/closeable windows for good air circulation for your 2 sweet 4 legged babies?? Dog houses can get both horrible hot and freezing cold…
    Just curious. Blessings and Shalom, Brook… P.S. I am guessing this build cost a few $$’s more than the $50.00 chicken pen build ?? Lol…πŸ˜‚

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