Having a secure, safe kennel for your dogs is essential if they’re going to be outside, especially as winter starts. If you’re not sure what to look for, here are a few considerations to keep in mind:
What’s the right way to set up a dog kennel?
Dogs need protection from the elements if they sleep outside, but keeping their kennel stifling is just as bad for their comfort and health. That’s why a metal kennel with thin bars on all for of the walls and the top is essential: they need the air flow to help regulate their temperature. But all of that open air leaves them exposed to rain and snow; even early morning dew in the summer can be unpleasant. So make sure your dog’s kennel is supplemented with a tarp roof that extends over the edges of the kennel for water runoff. This cover keeps your dog safe from precipitation without blocking visibility or the air.
What are other essential features for keeping your dogs safe and comfortable?
Make sure the bedding is raised off of the ground. Not only are metal bars stiff and uncomfortable, but bedding that’s directly on the ground doesn’t protect them from the cold. Add a platform for the bedding so there’s a layer of separation to ward off the worst of the winter chill.
Size the kennel appropriately for your dog or dogs. The size and breed of your pets impact what the dimension of the kennel should be. You should also consider whether the kennel is predominantly for sleep, or to house the dogs for recreation and day-to-day living, as well.
No matter what size kennel you need, or if you want a modular fence that allows for continual adjustment, CanopiesAndTarps can help you find what you need.