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The kennel is a dog's castle, so it's understandable if a canine owner wants to put real thought into designing the perfect one. Build a sturdy, reliable kennel and you can be sure that your dog has a safe haven from bad weather and pollution. Designing the perfect kennel doesn't require prior knowledge or experience in building. Anybody can complete it with less than $100. Before starting to design or build any dog kennel, you have to be sure of where you want to put it and what size it should be. Once you have a sense of those specifications, you are all set to begin.
- Ensure that you have the right dimensions and materials
The standard dog kennel run should be 48 by 12 inches, which allows the canine room to urinate and defecate in the far end, making it easier for the owner to clean. Kennel floors should be created on a slope, so the water can run and not stagnate. You could also plan a dry well at the end of the slope to collect any water that might flow through the kennel. Use concrete, which is more likely to withstand bad weather for longer. You could use gravel as well, as it's a cheaper alternative, but gravel makes cleaning the kennel very hard.
- Consider fencing and other protection to keep your pooch safe
Wire and fencing are important to keep your pet safe from other ferocious stray animals. The fencing protects your pup from being poisoned during the night or when you can't keep track of its movements. The most affordable, but the efficient type of fencing is chain-link fencing. This type of fencing is also incredibly easy to find and install. However, some dog owners don't prefer chain-link fencing as it does not appear very appealing. Other alternatives that you could consider are welded wire and treated lumber.
- Choose the location of the kennel wisely
Some people recommend building the kennel a few yards away from your home so you can reduce the barking, odor and flies that may appear around your canine. However, this isn't the best idea if you have a more vocal canine that barks a lot. If neighbors complain about the barking, you will have to travel a distance for bark control. Keeping the kennel dry and clean for your pooch will also be difficult and more time-consuming if the kennel is built at a great distance from the house. Feeding your dog and making water available through the day is easier when the kennel is more accessible.
When designing a kennel for your pooch, ensure that you have the right materials and location to set up the kennel. Once you have, you should also consider setting-up wires or fencing for protection, and an easy way to provide food and water for your canine. For more ideas on building kennels, visit PetPlus.