Ideas Outside Dog Beds
Outside dog beds – Pet owners who want to build a cedar dog house have a great spring or summer project that kids will enjoy. Dog houses in the backyard can be ornamental or can be handy. A standard house cedar dog square is easy to build. Seal the cedar when it is made to protect the wood and keep the dog in the house in good condition. The following instructions are for a medium-sized dog. Measure your animal from head to tail while it stretched and its width while he is in a stooped position with his head and tail in the vicinity. You will need these measurements to determine the size of the bed you need to build. The dimensions of the bed should be a couple of inches longer than the length and width of the dog, to provide enough space for the dog to stretch but not too large to eliminate comfort.
Outside dog beds, purchase a high strength foam piece cut to the dimensions of your measurements. You can choose any shape you want, such as square, rectangular or oval. Choose a pad with a thickness of at least 3 inches. Foam pads 7 inches or more are good for creating orthopedic beds for older or disabled dogs. Choose the fabric that covers the foam pad. Choose a durable material that feels comfortable but can be machine washed and dried. While the color or pattern is a personal decision, you probably want to choose a fabric that complements the room in which the bed was placed.
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Cut a plastic tablecloth to twice the size of the foam pad you are working on. Cover the foam with the tablecloth, foldable, as needed. Use a hot glue gun to attach the plastic cloth over the pad. Sew the seams made by the plastic overlay. This plastic layer will increase the robustness of the bed, especially in cases of over-zealous puppies. Create the outer cover for your outside dog beds. Measure the fabric to the dimensions of the foam pad with the plastic cover. Sew the three sides of the fabric cover with thread and a sturdy upholstery needle. Sew a zipper on the length of the remaining side of the cover. The presence of the zipper will allow for ease in removing the cover for washing.