If your dog spends a significant amount of time outdoors, you might be considering an outdoor dog kennel to give him a place of his own. This can also come in handy, if your dog needs to be restrained, while guests or utility service personnel are visiting. Whatever the reason, it’s important to find the best choice for your dog.
Consider Your Dog’s Size
This is one of the biggest concerns in selecting an outdoor kennel, though it can be problematic in cases where the dog is still growing. In that case, it will be necessary to estimate his full-grown size, or you may end up having to go shopping for additional custom outdoor dog kennels in a few months. Generally, the kennel should be large enough that the full grown dog will be able to move around comfortably. If it’s the type that has an open top, make sure it’s also tall enough to prevent the dog from jumping over the fencing.
What is the Purpose of the Kennel?
This also determines what type of kennel you’ll need for your dog. Some kennels don’t come with a roof, as previously mentioned. Additionally, there are plastic shelters with solid walls and a solid ceiling, which may be beneficial, if you expect to have your dog outdoors during inclement weather. A roof will also come in handy during sunny days, when the dog will need shade to keep cool. Consider how much time your dog will be spending in the kennel, when selecting a style.
Durability is also Important
Many owners opt for wire fencing, because some dogs will chew on the plastic models and tear them apart over time. If your dog is destructive in this way, a kennel made of metal wiring may be a wiser choice. Additionally, choose a kennel that will sit well on a cement surface, if your dog has a tendency to dig. Otherwise, you may end up with large holes in your yard and an escaped dog. If you don’t have a concrete surface that can serve as a floor, some wire fences can be dug into the ground to provide an additional barrier to escape.
Setting Up the Kennel
Another point to consider is how difficult it will be to set the kennel up in your yard. If your handy with tools, this may not be a concern for you, but, for others, a simpler option may be preferred. Many kennels require assembly with pliers or similar tools, while others can simply be unfolded and erected. While this may be lower on your list of concerns, it should be considered, nonetheless. If you’re single and don’t expect help, you may want something that can be broken down and erected more easily.
These are the primary points to consider, when buying an outdoor kennel for your dog. It’s important to remember your dog will come to think of this as his own home. For that reason, you’ll want him to be comfortable being in it for extended periods. Buying the right size and type of kennel can be a reward in itself.