K9 Kennel Store has designed this kennel for every aspect of kenneling your dog.
What Makes a good Dog Kennel?
· Easy Cleaning
· Easy Feeding
· Escape Proof
· Enough Room for Exercise
· Protection Shaded from the Sun and Sheltered from the Rain, Snow and Wind.
AVOID DOG LANDMINES !!
There is nothing more frustrating than stepping in a dog pile while playing catch with your children in your own backyard. Is your dog turning your lawn into a land mine field because he utilizes the entire back yard? While dogs do need room to run, play, exercise and relax (and do their business), it is not necessary to give up the entire square footage of your yard for the exclusive use of the dog if he will have a reasonable amount of time to play fetch or exercise outside of his run. In fact, if you have room for a longer kennel, he doesn't even need regular running outside of the dog run.
Enough room for exercise:
For exercise, it is often more important to have length than width. If you have a choice between a 8' x 12' run or a 6' x 18' run, or even a 8’ x 24’ --the 24' run is better for the dog. It gives your dog more getting-up-to-speed time while running in his kennel. It also allows him to do his business in an end far away from his housing and feeding quarters.
Ease of Cleaning:
Dogs like to do their business at the end of their run that is furthest away from his sleeping area. That usually means the end where the gate is located. Nothing is more disgusting than going out to feed and water your dog and stepping right in dog pooh or even having your dog step in it and then jump up on you. Putting the gate on the dog house end makes it hard to clean the kennel and also makes it hard to get past the house to make your entry and exit.
The best way to keep your kennel clean is to build it on a concrete pad with an outer perimeter of gravel (discussed above) for catching water run-off. Gravel runs cannot be adequately disinfected. Concrete is much easier to disinfect with a bleach solution or other disinfecting product. Most dogs will run the grass down over time and you will find your dog kennel caked in dirt or mud. Your run will be easier to clean if it is set on a concrete pad. However, if concrete is undesirable or impractical for your backyard kennel; kennel flooring is the next best thing. Kennel Flooring is less expensive and can be installed in just minutes, plus it is portable! Use flooring for most of your kennel and then place pea gravel at the end of the run. Put pea gravel in the last 4 feet of the elimination end. Dig the soil out about 8 inches deep. Put a layer of lime on top of the dirt (to neutralize the odor of urine), then spread a deep layer of pea gravel on top. It will be good for your dog's feet and it is easy to clean.
Putting the door in the middle of the run makes it easy to come and go, feed, and fetch him through the nice clean walk way of the side gate. Not having to step through the doggie land mine field is always nice.
Doggie Septic: Consider a Doggie Dooley Dog Septic System. Install it at the end of the run. Scoop the run and deposit the "deposits" directly into the in-ground septic container and never think about it again.
For optimum hosing of a concrete run, dig a moat around the run for water to wash into. Dig it 6-8" deep and about 6" wide, line with lime, top with pea gravel. When the water washes the urine off of the concrete, it will flow into the lime-lined pit to be neutralized and absorbed.
Protection Shade & Shelter:
All of our modular kennels either come with some kind of cover, (Canvas Tops or Corrugated Metal Tops) or are an option that can be added at any time. Dogs quickly overheat: their cooling mechanism is not as efficient as a human. If you expect the dog house to be the only shelter from the sun, it must have a LARGE bottom air gap through which air can pass freely, and very few dog houses have such a ventilation system because dogs do not sweat. We highly recommend a canvas cover top.
There are several options for feeding and watering the dogs in the kennel. For backyard kennels, it is easiest to use an automatic waterer. Attach it near the house where the dog can go directly to it to get his drink. Food bowls should also be placed near the house end.
Modular kennels have optional food and water bowl inserts that let you raise the bowls off of the ground - a good idea to deter ants and animals such as rats and mice. We even have a Swivel Bowl System which allows you to feed your pet from the outside of the run for convenience. This is an especially attractive option when you are dressed for work and need to make sure the dog is well-fed before you leave.
Escape Proof: Is Your Dog An Escape Artist?
Anti-Digging Bars and Tops Covers: If you have a dog that enjoys digging then you know how frustrating it can be--especially if they use that "love of digging" to dig out of their kennel or fence. Short of pouring cement in your back yard, there hasn't been much one could do to prevent this problem; but no more! Now there is the K9 Kennel Stores' exclusive Digging Prevention System. The Digging Prevention System is simple: Anti-digging bars surround the interior panels of the K9 Kennel; these bars attach to the kennel itself and act as a simple "stopper." Dogs can't chew or claw through these bars and they certainly can't fit through them.
Keep your best friend safe and secure in her kennel with the Digging Prevention System, exclusively from K9 Kennel Store.