Constructing a dog kennel seems like a very daunting task on the surface. The truth is, building a dog kennel is not really all that hard. The key is to know some basic construction tips and to follow some tried and true methods. Most people that have trouble building a dog kennel struggle with it because they are trying to reinvent the process. Stick to the basics and you can build a solid dog kennel with relative ease. Here are some tips and tricks for building a dog kennel that even the least knowledgeable builders can implement effectively:
The first thing you should know is what you plan to use the kennel for. If you do not have this vital bit of information, then you should not even think about starting a dog kennel construction project. The reason for this is simple – as soon as you finish you will realize that it does not cover all of your needs. Know your plan ahead of time, and you will have a much better chance of building the dog kennel that you and your pets need.
Picking the ideal location is also very important to your dog kennel construction. The first thing you should ask yourself is how the dog kennel is going to affect those around you. If you live close to others, then the dog kennel and the barking may be a source of frustration. Determine this ahead of time. One way to avoid some of the barking and problems is to ensure that the kennels all face away from any roads, parking lots or other areas of activity. Put them facing the woods or some other area that is not hopping with action.
The materials with which you build your dog kennel are also vital. What type of flooring should you use? Most people use concrete or steel, because they are much less likely to absorb the feces and urine that wood or plastic might. Wood also can splinter over time and cause injuries to your dog’s feet. Concrete is sometimes less desirable because of cracking.
Once you know the type of flooring for your dog kennel, then you should be sure to slope the flooring for proper drainage. You do not want freestanding urine and feces, and a good slope will solve this problem and make cleaning the kennels a breeze. Do not forget that you must deal with the drainage properly after it leaves the kennel as well. You do not want that runoff entering a water source or your neighbors front yard.
Weather considerations are also important when you build a dog kennel. Always make sure the pet has a warm, dry place to go in times of cold weather or wind and rain. Make absolutely certain that the area is leak proof and that your pet will be completely comfortable. Be careful, however, that you do not cut off the ventilation in the kennel. This can be very dangerous for your pet if they do not have breathing room and proper circulation of air. Most dog kennels have an open air section of the kennel that solves the ventilation concerns, so figure that into your building plans.
Making absolutely certain that the dogs can not escape from the kennel would be your final consideration. You do not want your dogs escaping and causing problems in the neighborhood, or worse still, being hurt themselves. Keeping them safe within the kennels can be accomplished by posting the fencing properly and buying solid materials that are not cheaply made. Make sure your fencing and kennel walls are several times higher than your biggest dog. Dogs can jump much higher than most people are aware.
Once you consider these things, you are ready to construct and build your dog kennel to your specifications. Plan ahead of time and you will save yourself a ton of money and frustration.
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