There are many people that leave their dogs outside when they are heading out to work. Some owners just leave their dogs loose in the backyard. Unfortunately all dogs can not be trusted to roam free, without disastrous consequences. For those dogs, the solution is to buy an outdoor dog kennel.
Having your dogs in an outdoor dog kennel allows you to confine your dog in a safe and secure environment. Their safety is our biggest responsibility.
Making sure you get the right size and shape of outdoor kennel is important.
Outdoor kennel vs Indoor one
There are lots of people that kennel their dog inside the house, when they go out. I call these crates, but they can also be called kennels.
Outdoor kennels, are completely different from indoor ones. The typical indoor crate/kennel is a smaller style crate, that dogs can just stand up and turn around in. They typically lay down inside, and rest while waiting for us to come home.
This is a completely different concept, than a kennel that is outside.
Outside kennels are much larger, and taller. They provide a completely closed in area that the dog or dogs, can move around in. Dogs can enjoy the fresh outdoors, where they can enjoy the sun and play in a safe secure area.
There is even the option to build a kennel area, with a longer added on area sometimes called a dog run.
Benefits of an outdoor kennel or dog run
Keeping your dog in a kennel, provides them with safety and keeps them away from toxic or dangerous things in your yard that could potentially harm them.
Inside the kennel is also a great place to place a water dish, some toys and even dog food if you want them to eat while you are gone.
An outside pen, can also be used to train your pet to go do their business in a specific area. Every time they need to go outside, you can take them to the kennel and shut the door. This way the dog will do their business exactly where you want them too.
Building the kennel in more of a dog run style, will allow your dog even more space to move around, maybe even run in that area would provide good exercise.
Different kennels to choose from
When purchasing a kennel or dog run, you need to size up the area in your yard where you want the kennel to be. Measure exactly how wide and long you will need.
Dog kennels can be made from chain link, wood, or even plastic. They come in variety of different sizes and shapes, square, rectangular, and even a circular style pen.
The most popular kennel style is a chain link that is made of commercial grade steel. They are usually purchased as a kit, and come in pieces, that you assemble together. The kit usually includes a gate to come in and out of and 4 sides that connect to each other.
Even the circular style pens can be made out of a metal, chain link, Durable Black E-Coat Finish or gold zinc. The circular pens, sometimes will even fold flat for easy transportation or to be easily disassembled when needed.
When deciding which style will work for you, depends on what your plans are for the space. Deciding to make a dog run as well as a kennel area, by choosing a rectangular or square shape will make this a lot easier. This will allow you to extend the space and add a longer run length wise by attaching it to one of the 4 panels.
Years ago, I had 3 big dogs, that could not be trusting in the house alone roaming free when we left. We decided to create a kennel as well as a run for the dogs. Because there was 3 dogs in the space, we wanted to add extra room, for them to really be able to move around.
First we bought a square size kennel with 4 panels and a gate, that was about 10 x 10 x 6. We then left off the back or end panel and purchased a few separate sections of chain link and attached 3 extra lengths on each side. At the end we put the final panel to close everything in. This then gave us a really great pen area for the dogs.
This particular design was rather large pen, but we had a big yard and space wasn’t an issue.
With limited space, you can still create a much smaller kennel for your dog. The kits come in pretty much any size that will work for you.
The pen has sides, that are open and allow air flow and your dogs to see outside into the yard. Now when bad weather hits, we need to provide covered shelter for them. Leaving dogs outside, can expose them to the beating sun, rain, wind or even possibly snow.
Some kennel kits do come with a cover that provides the needed covered shelter. If your kit doesn’t come with the shelter cover you need, don’t worry, as you can purchase that separately.
The other really great option is to put a dog house, right inside the pen area. This gives your dog a great space to escape the outdoor elements.
My neighbor has 2 dogs and really doesn’t have much backyard space to build a pen. The best way for him to come up with extra space, was to put the pen between the houses. This allows the dog to have shelter from the side of each house.
One bonus that you can get with certain pens, is the option to have 2 gates. Having 2 gates, will allow you to access the pen from either end. Now depending on where you assemble your pen in the yard and will determine if you have the space for 2 gates.
Depending on where in the yard you decided to assemble your pen, the floor of the pen maybe just dirt. Now we all know that dirt, rain and dog paws, don’t go well together. You don’t want to come home and have to start bathing your dog from all the mud.
Years ago, I chose to put a gravel and crushed rock base down. Now we have more options as far as the base goes. One cool option I found is, to purchase artificial grass, that has drainage holes and can be easily hosed off with a garden hose.
You can purchase it in specific sizes and if you need to, it can be cut down to the exact size that you need. This ground cover will protect your dog from any mud or wet area.
Dog kennel roundup
Creating a safe, secure outdoor space for your dog, allows you to leave your home knowing that your dogs are in a safe space.
Whether you decide on a small or large outdoor dog kennel, your dog will be safely away from destroying your beautiful plants or digging holes in your yard.
The other concern with leaving your dog’s to roam free rather than being in a dog run or kennel, is the great escape worry. What I mean by that is sometimes dog’s can be master escape artists. Nobody wants to come home and find that their dog has found a way to get out of the yard.
Some areas still use meter readers to come and read your power or water meter and they need access to your backyard. They come to yard, open the gate and forget to properly shut it on the way out. Just like that, your dog escapes the yard.
Providing your dog with a great outdoor kennel, will just allow everyone to have a great piece of mind. Every dog is different, so just make sure that you are getting the right outdoor dog kennel to match your dog.
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KEEP YOUR DOG SAFE AND SECURE!