Today many states and even neighbourhood associations insists on proper housing for your pets both indoors and outdoors. It is essential to provide proper outdoor space that is enclosed with adequate fencing. Whether to confirm with the restrictions or to keep your pet out of trouble, a comfortable and safe dog kennel is essential for the overall well being of your pet.
Here are 4 most essential things that you should consider before choosing a dog kennel:
The type of kennel will vary depending on where you are planning to locate the kennel. While indoor kennels are small and made of chain link, wire or plastic, outdoor kennels need relatively bigger space that is enclosed with a chain link fence. So, it is important to first decide where you want to locate the dog kennel before purchasing one.
While indoor kennels are smaller than outdoor kennels, both should be big enough to house the pet in comfort and should have enough space for the pet to move around freely, stand, sit or just lie down. Even trained dogs have accidents once in a while and do not like to lie down in their own mess or get soaked up if they overturn the water bowl. So, sufficient space is essential. Ultimately, the size of a kennel will depend on the size of your dog and availability of space.
The material of a dog kennel should be strong enough to withstand the playful nature of even the most aggressive dogs. While indoor kennels come in plastic, wire or chain link, the plastic types are not strong enough and can be damaged by some breeds. However, if you have smaller and gentler breeds then a plastic one is sufficient.
For outdoor kennels the material should withstand not only aggressive pets but should also withstand the elements and chain link is the best choice. You can also go for custom made kennels that can be made to fit you and your pet’s needs.
It is important that the kennel provides a comfortable space for your pet at all times, irrespective of the weather. For outdoor dog kennels proper roofing to keep off wind, rain and sun is essential. Installing a dog house inside a kennel or providing access to your house is necessary if you are planning to leave your pet in the kennel for long periods of time.