No one knows whether dogs actually prefer dog houses or not. But cedar dog houses are one of the most common materials used to build dog houses.
If you have a large sized dog in your home, then a custom cedar dog house is needed. However, buying large wooden dog house is often not easy as not many pet shops or online stores sell large custom dog houses.
The most practical way is to do it yourself. There are several doghouse plans you can find online. You can then simply pass it to your contractor to build one for you or do everything yourself.
One advantage of building your own custom cedar dog house is that you can decide on how big or small your doghouse should be. You can even build a custom cedar wooden dog house large enough to accommodate two or more dogs. So after you build the dog house, where should you place it? Most people put their doghouse at the back of the house.
However, it may not be a good idea. This is because dogs are social animals and love to be near humans. By placing your doghouse at the back of the house or away from humans, most dogs may not even want to stay in their dog house.
That is why I recommend placing your dog house in front of your house or at the side of the home. The dog house should also be jacked up off the ground, preferably with slabs underneath the foundation to trap airspace. It aids in insulation and can help keep your doghouse warm during winter months.
For wind insulation, you can install a flap in front of the dog house.
Lastly, make sure to keep the doghouse clean by making sure waste material and urine are not near the doghouse. If you want a comfortable home for your large sized dog, then building and maintaining a custom cedar wood dog house is recommended.