Before putting saw to wood, it helps to know what the dimensions of your doghouse will be. While most dogs can fit inside a one-size-fits-all house, you should take your dog’s size into account. While you obviously have to put a large dog like a Great Dane in a large-sized doghouse, the same sized-to-fit approach applies to a small dog like a Chihuahua or Jack Russell terrier. A small doghouse will be more comfortable and more appealing for a smaller dog. Your dog should have the room to sit, stand up, turn around and move freely inside. There also should be enough space for items such as bedding, food and water bowls, toys, etc.
Measure your dog with a measuring tape to determine height and length. You don’t have to have precise measurements—you just need a general idea of size to accommodate your dog. Having a door with dimensions close to your dog’s size is ideal to keep in warmth when it’s cold, and it appeals to the dog as a cozy space.
When selecting a location, choose an area near a tree or another structure. The right location can provide shade relief from the sun during the hot season, and a bit of extra shelter from rain and snow, on colder days.