The kennel often has a negative consonance. One then imagines the inhuman cage and the animal, benefiting from little care, which spends its life inside. In reality, there are other types of kennels, especially breeding kennels, in which animals will grow up.
If you wish to make some, here are some tips to make your animal’s kennel yourself, so that it feels comfortable and safe.
Choosing the right size and location for the kennel
It goes without saying that for your companion to feel good in his kennel, it must absolutely be at his size.
It seems incongruous to place a German Shepherd in a kennel of one meter by one meter to leave her 10 hours a day for example, it would be dangerous and synonymous with animal abuse.
For a large dog, it is better to create a kennel that will be at least two meters wide and four meters long. If your dog is smaller, all you have to do is adapt these dimensions!
As far as the location of your future kennel is concerned, it is up to you to decide, especially according to your budget. Indeed, if you make the kennel along a wall, you will need three partitions, two if you do it in a corner or four if you do it in the middle of your garden.
What materials should I choose to build a kennel?
Depending on the size of your dog and its size, you may not need to choose the same materials. Your selection will also be made according to the time your pet will spend outside, your companion should be sheltered from the rain if necessary, even if he has a kennel kennel.
If your dog has a tendency to climb, it is better to avoid the mesh, which will make it easier for him to climb. In this case, choose bars, even if they are less resistant. The most interesting alternative is to choose panels filled with mesh, it will be much more resistant!
Don’t forget to secure the door with the panels if you don’t want your dog to take advantage of the gap to run away! In addition, think about studying the different options regarding the floor. You can pour a concrete slab, which is the most hygienic solution, leave your dog on the grass or put down litter or hay if the pen is small enough.
As for materials, be sure to check out the finishing touches once you have finished building the kennel. Indeed, if you build it alone, it is possible to have a scratch fence or large splinters in the wood. Get something smooth and totally harmless. Your dog being careless, he could hurt himself very badly if he does.
Professionals who can provide a perfect kennel
If you want to make sure you have a kennel that will withstand the elements and will not be dangerous for your dog, the best option is to buy a ready-made kennel. To do so, I invite you to consult our kennel purchasing guide.
By doing so, you will have at your disposal a kennel adapted to the size of your dog and which will be without defects. The edges will be rounded to avoid injuries and on top of that, you will save a lot of time!
How can you extend the life of your pen?
If you take a dog pen that is big enough for your pet, it will last for years and will accompany your companion’s evolution… provided it is well maintained!
First of all, make the right initial choice by selecting resistant materials adapted to the place where you put it. Thus, for outdoor storage, iron is preferable, while for a small indoor park, plastic is still possible.
Then, check regularly how the enclosure withstands the weather. If you notice that rust is appearing, treat the iron. The other common wear and tear on a kennel is closure. Over time, each lock may start to “jam” a little and you will have difficulty opening it. Take some anti-seize before it gets to this point so that it regains its original fluidity.
Your check will also help you notice any destructive behaviour your dog may be exhibiting. An anxious animal, when alone in its kennel or dog park, may be tempted to chew on the walls. Even though iron is resistant, such repeated acts damage it and even make it dangerous (imagine a piece of metal that has become sharp because it has been gnawed on…).
If you notice this damage, try to reduce your pet’s anxiety. If you can’t do this, there are unappetizing sprays available that will destroy the desire to chew.
Also look at the floor. Some breeds, especially terriers, love to poke holes in the ground when they’re in their kennels. It would be a shame if this would sag your pen…