Top 7 Tips For Constructing A Small Haven For Your Dog

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Have you ever looked at a dog kernel and wished you could be able to build one of those for your dogs? Well, you can make that come true because building a dog kernel is not as hard as it looks. You can build one by following a few well known and documented methods while applying a few basic construction skills. As much as it is always good to improvise and invent, it’s usually best to stick to time tested and proven methods so as to avoid hardships and discouragements as you build your dog’s kernel. Below are some tips you can use to build a good kernel without having to be an expert kennel builder.

  • Before you start constructing a kennel, make sure that you properly envisioned what you intend to use it for. This is to avoid the agony of realizing that your kennel does not cover your dog’s needs when you have finished building it. It is best to plan ahead so as to take into consideration your pets needs and incorporate them into your design.
  • Assess your compound for the right location to build the kennel on. Avoid building the kernel in places that will cause a disturbance to your neighbors, for instance, do not locate the kernel close to a neighbor’s window. To ensure that the dog does not get overly excited causing it to constantly bark, make the entrance of the kennel facing away from a road, playground, pedestrian path and car parking area.
  • The outdoors can get very uncomfortable for your pet during cold weather and rain. This makes providing a warm and dry shelter for your pet something of great importance. Make sure that the roof and walls do not leak but be careful to allow proper ventilation for circulation of air in the kennel.
  • You can plan to construct the floor of the kennel a few inches of the ground by resting the whole kennel on a few low feet. This will keep it high and dry from surface water flowing during rainy days and it will also allow for air circulation to cool the kennel on hot days.
  • Dogs defecate and urinate in their kennels, so it is important to use materials that do not absorb the dog’s droppings. Steel or concrete are popular choices for flooring kennels because other materials such as wood and plastic are not very suitable. Wood, for instance absorbs excreta and will crack and splinter over time causing injuries to your pet.
  • Ensure proper drainage in the kennel by sloping or slanting the floor gently. This will also make the cleaning of the kennel easier as the dog’s excreta will drain out of the kennel.
  • Finally, secure the kennel to make sure that your pet cannot leave the kennel without you letting it out. This is both for the protection of the public and the pet itself. Proper fencing techniques best address this problem. Plant strong fence posts and encircle it with good fencing material so as to cordon off the area around the kernel. Remember that dogs can jump very high so it is important to put up a fence that your dogs cannot jump over. You can do this putting up a tall kennel fence.