Outdoor Dog Kennel Design Ideas
Edward R. Forte
November 24, 2021
Travel & Outdoor
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Dog Kennel Building Plans and DIY Dog Runs
Dog Kennel Plans.Our plans for dog kennels and runs.The fencing is typically shown as chain link panels on the side walls and gates.Using DIY dog run plans to build your own dog run allows you to customize your dogs space to fit your needs and the needs of your dog.The kennel can be separated down the middle on the inside using a wall or fence and also can be separated on the outside play area using fencing.The size of your kennel is based on how much time your dog will spend each day in the kennel, the size of your dog and how much space you have to build the kennel.It is a good idea to build the largest dog kennel and run possible for your dog size.Plans are also included for a concrete floor.You can also install roofing to match your home or adjacent buildings. .
6 Things to Consider Before Building an Outdoor Dog House
If you’re someone who treats your canine companion as a member of the family, you want the best for your dog.Find out why you should build an outdoor dog house and take away a couple of tips when you start construction.These houses can protect your pooch from the outside elements, including hot or cold temperatures, due to their insulating matter.An important piece to consider when you build a dog house is that it must fit your dog.You don’t want to spend time and money constructing a dog house to have your dog outgrow it in just a few months.Your dog needs enough space to get inside the house, turn around, and lay down.Think of the space as the size of a crate you would use for your pet indoors.If so, build an outdoor dog house with a flat roof instead of one with an overhang or eaves to ensure full visibility.Whatever your pooch’s preferences are, building the best house for your dog means paying attention to all their creature comforts, and planning for them accordingly.Putting a door on the dog house can give your dog extra warmth in the winter.Place the door off-center to the front of the house.If you want the door to close, use magnetized flaps since these let your pet get in and out easily while keeping the inside warm.This gives the hot air a place to escape in the summer and the interior a chance to dry out in the winter.Try to situate the house against a wall of your house or garage to protect it from the wind.They’re also the easier option to clean since all you need to do is wipe or hose them down.The more popular option is the wooden dog house due to its insulation and better protection against the outside elements.Often, these types of dog houses have shingles atop a triangular-shaped roof.Tip: Affixing a retractable or removable roof can make it easier to clean the interior, whether it involves changing out the bedding, cleaning out mud, or ridding the house of bugs. .
All you need to know about housing dogs in animal shelters
There is a lot of discussion about dog kennel type and what works best in the shelter environment, however “best” has a lot of different meanings depending on one’s viewpoint.Note: Double compartment dog housing (real life type room with access to second room or outdoor area for elimination, traditional type kennel with two sides divided by a guillotine door or a double compartment cage setup) is the basis for housing dogs in animal shelters.Single kennels are adequate for surgery prep and recovery or partial day display but do not meet dogs’ needs in housing or staff needs in caring for the dogs.Like front to back kennels, side to side kennels also provide dogs with two separate compartments; however, these kennels do not allow dogs to be away from the side where activity may be occurring (cleaning, dogs getting moved in the aisle, people visiting).If this is the only way to get double compartment dog kennels then by all means provide double compartment kennels side to side vs not providing them at all.Real life rooms (essentially glass enclosed with access to another room or outdoor area for elimination) can be nice for dog adoption areas where having more control over barking noise is often desired.There are also many choices for standard kennels on the market today.Anything from basic to high end is available, making standard kennel designs an option for adoption areas too.Note second story structure and yes some male dogs pee over the edge - a little design faux pas.“As the length of stay increases (e.g., beyond 1-2 weeks), it becomes progressively more important to provide space that is both mentally and physically stimulating; alternatives to traditional housing must be provided.Protected indoor-outdoor access is ideal for most species, especially when animals are held long term.Outdoor spaces must be suitably enclosed to protect from adverse weather, vandalism, and prevent escape or predation.” ASV Guidelines 2010.In general a ~4’ wide minimum is recommended for medium to large dogs.This sketch depicts various components of double compartment housing for a dog kennel.Place for retreat Carriers and hiding boxes work well to provide this.This dog is uncertain of his new visitor but because the guillotine door takes up only a portion of the center dividing wall there are built in places for him to retreat to if he so choses.Use partial visual barriers on the kennel doors to further provide retreat space and help to provide comfortable kennel environments It is acceptable to set up kennels that face each other as long as care is taken in providing partial visual barriers, manage reactive individuals and have housing available for dogs that do not do well in the shelter environment (foster or alternative housing) and use techniques to reduce stimulation (room configuration, animal and people pathways, in kennel amenities that provide choice, etc.) Kennel door with built in partial visual barrier:.The frosted panel provides a partial visual barrier and allows dogs more choice in their kennel environment and a place for retreat.The open bars provide the ability to ventilate the kennel as well as allowing interaction to occur between a dog and potential adopters.The viewing window provides some clear viewing space unimpeded by bars. .