How to build a dog kennel:

Building an outdoor dog kennel is a great way to help your dog healthy, happy, and active. Instead of buying a kennel you can build a dog kennel that can save you money and it can be an enjoyable project.  If you are considering building a dog kennel then follow these tips.  I have built many dog houses and kennels before, I here are some things I have learned.

The first thing you need to do, depending on where you live, is to check the neighborhood association rules, or the zoning regulations.  The last thing you want to do is to start building a dog kennel and then run into zoning regulations, or a neighborhood association that will prohibit you if you build a dog kennel.

To check zoning regulations just call up the local county government offices, and you will find out what you need to find out.

The next thing you need to consider when building a dog kennel is how big of a dog kennel you want.  I always like to err on the side of caution and built it a little bit bigger than what you think you will need. Why?  Because if your dog has puppies or you add more dogs to your family you will need a larger kennel.

The other thing you have to consider, however, is that you need to think about how large the dog kennel will look compared to the house you are building.  You don’t want it to look out of place. So measure your yard, how much space you have, and take into consideration how it will look and if you have a fence.  You also want to think about how far away your dog kennel will be from your house.

Now when you go to buy materials for your dog house, don’t go cheap.  Buy good quality materials since your dog kennel will be exposed to the elements.  Rain, wind, snow, sun–of course this depends on where you live, but good material will last a long time.

I recommend using plastic fencing to make sure that the fencing you use does not cut any dog.  It is also recommended to make sure that the fencing is plastic so it does not rust or become sharp.

I also recommend burying your dog kennel fencing up to 12 inches deep IF your dog is likely to dig underneath it.  Of course if you are using a concrete floor then you don’t need to worry about that.  If you don’t have a concrete floor make sure that you bury the fence posts into the ground at a significant level, this will help your fence remain strong.

Always take a look at the door opening and make sure that the lock and bolt is easy for you to open, but not so easy that a dog (and yes I have seen this before)  can open the lock or door by nudging it’s paw on it.

Now let’s look at something EXTREMELY important that most people don’t look at  when building a dog kennel.  Shade!  You need to make sure that the dog kennel you are building has a place for shade.  If there is a tree or something that provides shade naturally then you don’t have to look at this as much. And when I say shade I mean shade that is not shade where the dog sleeps.  Ideally you want shade where the can move a little bit.

The last thing in this article to think about in regards to building a dog kennel is to focus on building your dog kennel on higher ground.  The main reason you need to think about building your dog kennel on higher ground is to of course make sure that you don’t have flooding or drainage issues.  This is especially important if it rains or snows where you live, since it can turn your dog kennel into a muddy pit.

These are just a few things to consider if you are wanting to build a dog kennel.  Now, I have personally built over 20 dog houses and dog kennels for friends, family members, and neighbors and I recommend that you learn more about this resource right here. There is absolutely no risk since they have a money-back guarantee, and the money you save by investing in this guide will be 10 fold on what you spend.  It has saved me a ton of money, time, and helped me avoid a lot of mistakes.  Click here to learn more.

Your friend,

Rick Riley