We have a new puppy and I would like, sometime in the future, to have a place I could safely let her stay outside while the wife and I are at work. Seems that there are many to choose from here is what I discovered while researching the best to buy.
First I am looking at large dog kennels not a dog crate. We are already crate training her and a crate is basically a cage that your dog stays in while sleeping or when no one is home to watch them. It is a small area and as the dog gets older I would like a place where they could run. An outdoor kennel for dogs is sometimes called a run.
An outdoor dog kennel is larger in size and usually made from chain linked fencing or a spot welded wire such as the crates are usually made. The wire welded ones are a stronger material than the crates and seem to be better built. I opted to save some money on our crate and although it is lasting through the puppy period I could see where an adult dog may break some of the spot welds. I am partial to the chain linked as our fencing for the last twenty years is chain link and it has stood up well.
The sizes cover a large range but smallest seems to be about 4feet wide by 4feet length and up from there. Most of the kennels for dogs seem to be designed for larger breeds and therefore start at a larger size.
The construction is, in general, done in panels that are easily put together with standard tools that a person would have around the house. There will be a single door or hinged panel for access and it usually sits on the ground. There is a travel size for the back of full size pickup trucks or larger that has wooden flooring. Some are made with feet so when placed on a patio you can hose out underneath. Yes clean up is something to be seriously considered.
A necessary accessory is a tarp cover which will provide some shade. The kennels range in price from around 300 on up depending on the size and construction material. The covers are about 85 on up again depending on size.
I like the portability of these kennels in that you could move them around the yard, if it’s big enough. What I do not like is having to buy everything separately. The kennels do not come with anchoring systems that will be extra. I think a digger would be out of these in a minute without some flooring, offered at an additional charge. Some do come covers included. Anyway you get the picture. For a larger breed it will wind up being in the high hundreds to a thousand to get a proper kennel. If you have the money and the time a dog kennel will be a great place to occasionally keep your pal. I’ve only looked at commercial products here. If you are handy with tools there are plans to be had on the internet to build one yourself. Likely if you keep an eye out you may find used dog kennels locally or on the internet.