THIS IS A LIFESAVER CUBE HOUSE-HAS NO DIVIDER
Medium Cube 32W x 30L x 24H. For dogs to 75# (Approx 30 x 28 interior)
A DOG'S HOUSE IS HIS HOME . . .
All too often people concentrate on buying the best dog they can, provide good veterinarian and medical care, and feed the best diet obtainable . . . but they forget one of the most important ingredients for full dog welfare . . . the housing.
We designed our house so that it can be shipped in pre-constructed panels (sides, front and back, lid and bottom) These assemble into pre-drilled aluminum corners. Assembly is simple with provided screws. This option allows for economical UPS delivery on all cube houses, directly to your home.
ABOUT YOUR DOG
The average dog weighs 60-70 pounds, is 40 inches long, 24 inches tall at the shoulders. He displaces 12 inches of vertical space when lying down, head up, and occupies a 24 x 30 inch space, body reposed and comfortable. The dog is a den animal. For however many years, he has existed on this earth, he has sought his safety and security in small confined areas. Given a choice, he will instinctively seek a den type environment. Observation tells us that most of the time the dog prefers to be curled and butted against a wall, preferable a corner. One presumes this to be a protective maneuver. Observations also tell us that a temporarily misplaced dog might be found under the family vehicle, behind the work table out in the tool shed, or flopped down in a recently excavated hole by the garage. Cathedral ceilings and wide open spaces are preferences of humans. It is highly unlikely most dogs are so inclined.
The most frequent need of a dog shelter is to provide winter time protection. For this the dog needs three things. He needs a dry and drying environment, protection from the wind, and sufficient food (calories) to maintain his body heat. (This is true for any fur bearing animal, actually.) The LIFESAVER dog house is built with the proper materials and design to create the dry environment and wind protection. The house is constructed with 1 x 2 frames, sandwiched on both sides with 2.7 mm lauan, a veneered wood material used in home building for doors and cabinets. In between the lauan is 3/4 EPS type bubble board insulation. The outside is skinned in aluminum sheeting. There is no plastic to chew on or trap moisture or condensation, no metal include to collect moisture and freeze to the dog's coat. The interior environment wicks moisture away from the dog and is draft resistant. The floor is positioned 5 inches lower than the bottom of the door opening to allow a copious bedding for nesting. The inside dimensions give the dog the best opportunity to maintain warmth in this simulated den. The materials used give the dog the desired dry and draft free environment.
With regards to the insulation feature, insulation is rated in "R" factors. The higher the "R" rating, the higher the insulation value. The predominant types of insulation come in l" thickness and have about a 4 rating. To create significant "warmth", layers of 3 to 6 inches are needed, creating "R" factors of plus 15. However, just as in a well insulated house with single pane windows, heat cannot be maintained in a dog house with a non-insulated, non-sealed metal door. It does not and cannot raise inside temperatures significantly. The value of the insulation is enhancing the draft free environment of the house.
Keeping the above in mind, how much space should a house allow for a typical dog, and how much more space is needed for larger dogs? A basic area of 30 x 30, with 16 to 20 inches of ceiling height will provide the dog a den area suitable for his nesting instincts, and make it easy to maintain body warmth. Because the dog cannot rise within the house, he cannot soil the house, or easily scratch or chew on walls. Larger dogs may need more width or depth to accommodate their larger frames, but their need for overhead space does not incrementally increase.
Allows full access to interior for cleaning, bedding changes and dog handling with lock in place support bracket. Lid is engineered and sealed to be leak proof.
IT'S NOT "JUST A DOOR"
Door openings are sized proportional to house and dog. A 5" lip holds bedding in. Standard, aluminum double swing weather flap allows easy access. A hinged, aluminum, louvered door or a double swing, galvanized, canopy door are available for the ultimate in weather protections and durability for a special price with house purchase.
Please let us know if you want a door. (Extra shipping charges apply if you add a door).
WHY OUR BOX IS CUBE SHAPED
A dog house shouldn't be larger than the dog can heat. Remember, his body provides the only heat to combat the winter's cold. Peaked or domed roofs can only draw heat away from your dog and help create drafts. Tests have proven the LIFESAVER dog house stays cooler in summer, too. Dogs actually prefer it to outside shade. Double wall construction with insulation helps discourage moisture and seals out heat.
CLEAN AND DRY SEALED INTERIOR
Cleaning is easy with sealed surfaces and easy access.
Need a special door or heated floor mat? No problem, call for details and pricing.
Medium cube $199 + $70 for UPS (kitted). Shipped flat and some simple assembly required with screws supplied.
DUE TO THE LARGE SIZE & WEIGHT OF THIS ITEM THERE IS EXTRA SHIPPING ON THIS ITEM, THE TOTAL SHIPPING COST FOR THIS DOG HOUSE IS $70.00, IT WILL NOT APPEAR ON YOUR ORDER AT CHECKOUT. WE HAVE TO CHANGE THAT PORTION OF YOUR ORDER MANUALLY.