How to build your own dog kennel
Once we had decided to build our own dog kennel, we soon discovered that a ready-to-order dog kennel is not available in South Africa, like it is in Germany or the USA. We did a lot of research to design a kennel suited to our available space as well as our humid climatic conditions. Hygiene and safety for our dogs were important considerations. Eventually we had building plans drawn up and approved by our local municipality. We used a building contractor to build the dog kennel. This was more expensive, but saved us time.
Here then are a few pictures and steps to follow, if you would like to build your own dog kennel. Once your kennel is complete, you will be glad that you made the effort. Believe me...
In the past we have had e-mails congratulating us on our kennel building, but also some showing concern that our dogs are confined to it. Actually our dogs are with us most of the time. They get rotated through our garden and have full access to it. We mainly use our kennel to safely separate our dogs when our bitches come on heat. If we leave home without our dogs, the run gates are left open, so that our dogs stay warm and dry.
Building our kennel was well worth the trouble!
Since building these kennels we have made some improvements to them. The most significant are wall tiling in each rear enclosure and epoxy resin sealer on the floor both to help when cleaning the kennels. The drain has also been split into two, one in the front of each run. We found this to be more effective.
We have had some requests for the building plans of our dog kennel. Included below is a copy of the original views.