Your HoundHouse pet shelter comes ready to use in seconds.
Slip end frames from corner holes in cover & clip to floor frame above riverts.
· Insert the top support bar to rear end frame hole & slide front over the frame to the centre.
1. Will my dog chew the HoundHouseTM ?
Most animals find the proofing in the canvas of the HoundHouseTM dog kennel very distasteful. This is not dangerous to your dog. If you have a problem dog we suggest training, stop chew sprays & food chew toys. Remember your the pack leader, act like one, growl at your pack when bad, praise when good.
2. Will it be too cold or hot?
The canvas material has a thermal breathing insulation quality that cannot be reproduced with tin, wood, plastic or nylon. The HoundHouseTM also comes with a canvas tie-in scratch resistant mat for extra comfort, on top of the comfy fiberglass mesh slung floor. A HoundHouseTM door is available for the colder areas. This is what makes the HoundHouseTM the most comfortable hygienic kennel available on the market for your mate.
3. My dog digs
The canvas mat is scratch resistant, that is, the proofing in the canvas waxes up causing a glaze over the surface. If this is a problem give your dog something to move around inside the kennel, eg. old blanket or towel & if a problem is foreseen add a piece of carpet to the base. Again use the growl.
4. How waterproof is it?
The manufacturers of the material suggest reproofing every 6-12 months depending on the conditions the material is subjected to. HoundHouseTM recommends that it be proofed whenever it's deemed necessary. Canvas proof sprays can be purchased from camping & hardware stores everywhere. (3-10 years veranda life)
5. Warranties & guarantees
The HoundHouseTM is like most pet products with no warranties or guarantees other than manufacture of a faulty product.
6. My dog won't sleep in that!
Heard it too many times & it's probably true with most timber, tin, or plastic kennels. A dog has a natural instinct to sleep in a den like situation with a hollow for its belly in the floor, this is why the HoundHouseTM works so well. The floor sinks in the middle to allow for belly curl & the canvas hood means nothing can sneak up from behind. This makes your canine feel safe & comfortable, even in thunder storms.
For future collapsing only remove centre bar. This enables the kennel to become compressed to around 4-6 inches thick for easy transport.
The centre pole slides in easily if you insert the back end first and hook the front end on the front frame to the side and slide it to the middle. Or lift floor to take the pressure off.
If your HoundHouse seems too tight to put the centre pole in, reconnect the floor clips above the rivets as instructed.
Proofing - Reproof your HoundHouse when required, if out in the weather every 6 months after a good clean. You can purchase a canvas proof from your local hardware or camping store.
Chewing - HoundHouse comes proofed, this proofing proves very distasteful for dogs and should deter them from chewing, if chewing is a problem try the following:
The most important thing is” Training”.
Every time you catch your dog red handed (pawed) chewing, grab one of his toys and make a big fuss of the toy to distract him from the undesired object, when he comes over to play with the toy praise him and tell him he's a good boy, if you do this as often as possible he should learn to please you by chewing the toys allocated to him. Rotate toys often.
Digging - This is an instinct to provide comfort for a belly hole. This can also be stopped with an aggressive noise. Short and sharp. HoundHouse has the belly hole in the slung base reducing the need to dig & the canvas tie in mattress protects the mesh base.
For problem dogs a piece of carpet under mattress.
Dogs only want to please you; this is a good thing to remember when training your pup. HoundHouse recommends the Dog Bible see our online store.
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To bed the canvas (remove the creases in the canvas), hose out and let dry, this should naturally occur in around 4 months but hosing will make it happen straight away.
Walking – Dogs have a naturally faster walking gait than humans, this is why you need to train your dog to walk at your pace, training can be difficult and has best effect when carried our daily. If your dog pulls you along it wont be a very pleasant experience for either of you and you will just get cranky at your dog.
A good way to train your dog is a head collar, you can purchase and have one fitted by your local vet, by having control of your pets head; you have control of your pet.
Another way is every time your pet pulls; turn around and walk to other way, it is confusing for your pet and they will start realising they need to walk where you want to walk and how fast you want to walk.
Top 5 Reasons Why Your Dog Should Have a Bed of His Own
One of our favorite things about dogs is that they are warm and snuggly. But for your long term comfort and theirs, they need to sleep in their own bed (at least, most of the time). Here are the top 5 reasons why your dog should have his own bed.
Dogs Need Plenty of Sleep
Depending on the level of activity in your home, your dog could sleep 13 or more hours in one day. Where he sleeps will greatly affect the quality of his sleep intervals. Just like humans, dogs need uninterrupted deep sleep periods for REM (rapid eye movement) or a deep dream state. If your tossing or turning or they're 'running' during REM neither one of you will sleep well or get enough sleep.
A Dog Bed Provides Comfort and Nesting
Many dogs will prefer a bed that provides comfort and is easy to get into and out of. Joint pain, arthritis, age, and weight can all hinder a dog's ability to get comfortable while sleeping. They also limit your dog's ability to jump up on your bed or climb stairs. The right dog bed is easy to get into and out of, provides comfort and warmth and is specifically designed for nesting.
A Place of Their Own - Safety and Security
Whether your new puppy started out in a crate or has always slept with you, it's important for dogs to have a place all their own. Dog beds define a safe and secure spot where the dog can rest and sleep.
They'll Love You More For It
We can't forget about the pack issue. It's been suggested that sleeping on the same level as your dog, like with you in bed, is confusing the pack mentality of dogs. The hierarchy is simple; the leader sleeps in the highest position. Having a dog bed on the floor, or having your dog sleep downstairs while your family sleeps upstairs reinforces the fact that you are the pack leader.
You Have Plenty of Options
Today, there are so many options for dog bedding, that there is no excuse to find the one that's right. Many fabrics are durable, washable and available in today's popular colors and patterns. You can also choose dog beds that are made from eco friendly material, look like actual furniture, are elevated, have bolsters or are made from memory foam.
Most people are surprised at how well dogs take to their own beds. It really makes a difference in a good night's sleep.