What is the best outdoor dog kennel for you?
There are a lot of options to consider when you’re building your dog’s kennel. You’ll need to think about the size, the placement, how it’s going to look. But before you get to that you need to make the most basic decision. Do you want your kennel to be…
- Ease of Set Up – Keep in mind that until you get this set up your pet is going to have to be tied to something or in the car, so you need to be able to set it up quickly and easily.
- Weight – You’re going to be lugging this around, so you want something that doesn’t weigh too much for you to lift on your own.
- Security – The whole point here is to keep Fido from running off and getting into things she shouldn’t. You’ll want a kennel that can be latched closed, and if your pup is a jumper you’ll want some sort of roof or cover.
- Flooring – What sort of ground are you going to set up your kennel on? Graded concrete, pea gravel, dirt, or grass? The ground you build your kennel on will determine how you secure the kennel to the ground. This will also determine just how permanent you can make your kennel.
- Materials – There are plenty of materials that you can build, from wooden fencing, to chain link, to welded wire panels. Each material has pluses and minuses, and you’ll need to decide which best suits your needs.
- Length of Time – How long is your dog going to be in the kennel? If it’s just going to be a few minutes or an hour at a time, you’ll need a lot less to go with it. If it’s going to be hours or the whole day, you’ll need to consider things like covers that protect from the elements, food and water bowls, and misters to keep your dog cool when it’s hot.
- Appearance – This is going to be a permanent (or at least semi permanent) part of your yard. What do you want it to look like? How do you want it to work with the rest of your furniture back there? These are all things you’ll need to consider before you start buying the parts to build your kennel.