Convert a 50-Gallon Barrel Into a Low-Cost Dog House

Learn how to recycle a 50-gallon barrel into a low-cost dog house to shelter your furry friend from bad weather.
By Heather Thomas
April/May 2000
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The barrel, with one end cut out of it, makes a good shelter where Fido can get out of the wind and rain.

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Convert a 50-gallon barrel into a low-cost dog house for your pooch. 

An inexpensive and easy-to-make low-cost dog house can be created very quickly by using an old 50-gallon barrel. The barrel, with one end cut out of it, makes a good shelter where Fido can get out of the wind and rain. With a little straw for bedding, the barrel makes a comfortable home.

To keep the barrel stable and secure, stakes can be driven into the ground on either side of it to stop it from rolling about. The barrel can also be wired to the stakes, with the wires going over the top of the barrel and fastened to the stakes on either side. This will ensure that it does not move about or become dislodged by a rambunctious dog. The stakes can also serve as a solid anchor for a chain, if the dog is to be tied.

Heather Thomas
Salmon, ID
(Country Lore, January 1997)

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jeanne lou hull
3/25/2013 1:42:39 PM
This is very disheartening to read. I am in animal rescue,emphasis on chained/penned dogs. Where I live, barrells are the dog house of choice. Do you have ANY idea how hot it becomes in a plastic barrell in the summer, how freezing in the winter. A large dog can not stand, turn or lay comfortably in a round barrell. I am so disappointed to see this how to in mother earth news.

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