Dog Kennel Systems
Is A Kennel For The Home Good For Your Dog and You
Why have a kennel in the first place?
You as a new dog owner or a present dog owner may be sitting there right now
thinking it is not worth the money to have a kennel in the backyard.
I was with the don't need it group when we had our two small dachshund dogs until
the expenses and headaches started to mount.
From the wall board damaged in the garage to the wood/weather stripping damaged at
the encased opening at the back door and then throw in the wood fence eaten at the gate, I could have paid for the
Next came the daily battle to keep them from digging under the
fence and taking off to run wild in the neighborhood. I'd fill one hole with a brick or wood pieces and then
have 2 more holes the next day to fill.
After experiencing the worry filled searches for the dogs up and down the streets
way too many times and not wanting to fortify the entire perimeter of the wood fence, my frustration began to
Throw in the, always in the back of my mind, fear that the dachshunds would start
chewing on the expensive wood siding installed on the house and my frustration and worry grew even more.
In the past as a realtor, I saw first hand the thousands of dollars in damage
to a house's wood siding that dogs can create by gnawing on the wood. And to think, the sellers still
wanted full price for their home.
Instead of thinking of a kennel as a solution to the problems, one more breakout
from the backyard resulted in us giving the two dachshunds away to a good home.
We Now Have Two Basset
Hounds, One Maltese and One Rescued Dachshund Dog, And
An Outdoor Kennel
After realizing we did miss our two dachshunds and regretted the decision to give
them away, it was decided to get two more dogs that turned into adding one more dog to go with the existing
This decision was made only after agreeing to create a plan that included
installing a kennel.
What Kind Of Kennel
Systems For The Home Are Available?
I found various types of kennel systems in my search and listed them below for
- Chain Link Fence System
- High-strength Polypropylene Plastic Square Oriented Mesh
- 16 Gauge Galvanized Wire Mesh System
- Welded Wire Modular Kennel System
After reviewing the Kennel Systems available and with each system capable of
securing our dogs, I chose to buy two(2) 7.5 x 13 feet chain link fence Do-It-Yourself kits for several
1. Cost was a major factor since I wanted to buy two kennels.
2. I decided one kennel would not be big enough for two basset hounds to have
enough room to get exercise in between their monitored play time in the lawn area of the backyard.
Bailey and Buster's backyard lawn play time will always be monitored as they love
chewing on wood. See the picture of their doghouse inside the kennel. Better their doghouse than the expensive
hardi-plank siding installed on the house.
3. Since there are two basset hounds, our little Maltese and now our rescued
dachshund hanging outin the kennel during the day, I didn't want them going to the bathroom in the same kennel
where their doghouse, food and water is located.
This worked out great as they all have chosen the far end of the second kennel as
the bathroom area which gives them over half of the second kennel as an additional play area.
While not part of the actual
kennel system, I added inexpensive fence sections and 2 gates at the entrance to the kennel to corral our dogs
straight from the house to their kennel. This is part of my plan to keep the mud out of the
As you can see in the picture above, I added a different type of kennel flooring system in each kennel
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flooring system makes it extremely easy to remove the dog feces.
A sun screen was added to one kennel section for shade during the summer. Presently, I chose not to cover
the other kennel section for warmth in the winter from the sun.
Bailey and Buster love laying on the sun exposed area of the floor when the
weather cools off.
You can also see in the picture the dog-friendly plants I installed around three
sides of the kennel.
I wanted a design that allowed Bailey and Buster
the enjoyment of eating a few flowers or plant leafs without the worry of them getting extremely sick or
die from eating poisonous plants.
Adding plants was also a way to help make the kennel system more
With a little planning and with numerous kennel
system options available, you too can create a safe environment for your dogs.