The use of dog kennels has been under debate for a long time. While most dog owners understand the importance of using dog kennels when available space is limited, some uninformed individuals oppose the use of dog kennels in a fenced yard. They raise questions like “how can you confine a dog in a cage when he can run about freely inside a fenced yard?” They do not understand that a kennel is primarily used for the safety of the dog.
It’s in the nature of a dog to explore and it might climb, jump or even dig its way through to escape if that that is its desire. Without doubt the outside world is quite a dangerous place for any dog, particularly one that has been trained to be raised in a home.
There are numerous instances where a chained or tied up dog has been seriously injured while trying to break free. One also hears about stories where dogs have been poisoned by troublemakers. A dog kennel not only helps to prevent these instances but also prevents the dog from contacting contagious diseases.
However, one has to take certain precautions while confining the pet in a kennel. A kennel should be such that it protects the dog from extreme elements like heat, cold or wind. A dog house or access to indoors should be provide if the pet is to be left outside for prolonged periods. Care should be taken to proved fresh water and proper food at all times. The kennel itself should be comfortable and of the right size to suit the dog. There should be enough room for a dog to stand, roll a bit or to lie down. A comfortable dog bed or a blanket should be placed for the pet to lie down or sit. Make sure that the flooring is such that it will keep off the cold and heat.
While a kennel can be a safe haven for the pet you should also remember to take the dog out to explore more of the outside world and to give the dog the needed exercise. They love to run and will greatly appreciate their special time outside their kennels. One should also keep in mind that a dog kennel can in no way substitute the love and warmth of a family. Make sure that you and your family spend some quality time with your pet.