DIY Build a Dog Kennel

March 31, 2015

If you need a safe and secure outdoors accommodation for your dog, then you really need a purpose built dog kennel. However, to buy a ready made kennel from a commercial dealer can cost a small fortune, so many owners have no option than to make their own. To build a dog kennel requires you to consider many options.

There are so many different designs out there, some in the ‘rich’/’celebrity’ market have air conditioning and heating systems, carpets and plush luxury bedding and curtains at the windows.  Some even install TV and audio systems for their pampered pooches!

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The majority of dog owners just want something that provides a safe reasonably priced shelter for their dogs without all the celebrity bling that seems to be so popular these days.   If it is not practical for your dog to live indoors as part of the family then you may want to look at some of the DIY kits that are widely available, however once again some of these can be quite expensive so the alternative is to design and build your own. Here is a great starting point, depending on your requirements, this gives a fine example of how to build an inexpensive dog kennel…

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Step 1

Check local zoning laws before building your dog kennel. Many locations require permits for even minor property improvements, so make sure you’re legal before you start to dig.

Step 2

Measure out your kennel on level ground. A 12-foot by 24-foot rectangular kennel gives the dog plenty room to run, but 6-foot by 12-foot is adequate for smaller yards. Mark each corner to make a rough outline of your kennel.

Step 3

Dig a 2-foot-deep hole at each corner of your rectangular pen. Dig another hole midway between each corner post on the long sides of the pen. One additional post on each long side gives the fence extra support to prevent sagging and keep your dog safely inside.

Step 4

Pour the dry cement in the wheelbarrow, and add water according to the directions on the bag. Mix the powder and water together until it forms a damp, thick paste.  Continue Reading

The above is a practical, inexpensive way and shows you a relatively easy way of how to build a dog kennel.  If the structure is to be a permanent home however, we need to think of the climate.  Without adequate planning and design you pet could easily die due to inclement weather, which means too hot or too cold.  Let’s explore a higher quality dog kennel, one that is suitable for all-weather conditions.

How to build a dog kennel suitable for all climates.


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