Not all dogs are into dogs. Some dog owners choose to let their pets live outside. Living outside without a safe, weatherproof, spacious living space is not only dangerous, it can be pretty miserable for your dog.
In this article, we’ll discuss five ways to build your own outdoor dog kennel without breaking the bank to give your dog a nice, safe, weatherproof outdoor living area.
We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s dive right in…
Tip #1: Semi-homemade dog kennel
Many dog owners have found it more cost-effective to build on a smaller ready-made outdoor dog kennel.
Think of it as an addition to your dog’s house.
If you plan it right, starting with a smaller kennel can save you money in the long run by adding on to the kennel.
Tip 2: Use alternative materials
As far as I know, you don’t need to use chain or steel to build an outdoor dog kennel.
Other alternative materials are PVC, wood and chicken wire.
Use your creativity and look around professional kennels to get ideas for your own kennel system.
Tip #3: Plan ahead for space and growth
Giving your dog enough space to move around and get some exercise during the day is essential to a good outdoor dog kennel.
Plan ahead and predefine how much space you want to use so you know how much material you need to effectively cover that space.
The best setups give the dog 20-30 feet of running room and are 10-20 feet wide.
Tip #4: Use nylon panels to create walls
If you decide to use chain link fencing to build your kennel, getting some nylon panels for the walls and roof is an affordable weatherproof solution.
Nylon panels are washable, breathable, and provide protection from the sun and block the wind better than an open chain link.
Tip #5: Design a cost-effective roof
You will find there are as many options for putting a roof on your kennel as there are for what to build a kennel out of.
Three proven roof solutions that are both effective and affordable are:
Finally, your outdoor dog kennel should be able to withstand the elements, provide your dog with a safe place to sleep (it’s a good idea to add a dog house), keep your dog safe from strangers and other animals, and be unable to to escape . We don’t want our best friend to get hit by a car or some other accident.