We’ve broken down the appeal of an outdoor kennel into five sections, however as specialists in this, we could talk about this for hours. Please feel free to contact us if you have any outdoor kennel related questions, there isn’t a question we won’t find an answer for!
Let’s explore how an outdoor kennel could be right for you:
A major factor when considering a kennel, if you leave your dog simply in your garden or yard when you leave the house we highly recommend investing in a kennel. The amount of stories we have heard of dogs squeezing through fence holes, digging out of the garden or even jumping the fences (there are no limits with the most athletic breeds). By leaving your dog in a kennel you are in fact providing extra security and peace of mind. A kennel can offer a safe, secure place where even the most adventurous of dogs can be comfortable.
It’s a fact that kennels help with training your pups. It can be used to mark a clear ‘time out’ to manage bad behaviour and allow your dog to appreciate time alone. It’s key to establish boundaries, so that the kennel is seen as a place to relax and calm down, rather than a punishment, so they feel safe and content when they visit their kennel. This also useful for toilet training, as your dog becomes used to living in their kennel and being outside, they will naturally associate the outdoors with the toilet.
Your dog’s welfare
Think of the kennel as a ‘safe space’ for your dog, Whilst they are notoriously friendly animals, sometimes your dog may need some alone time (particularly useful for older dogs and younger children). Creating this space is also beneficial for your interiors, particularly if your pet has a loveable yet frustrating habit of destroying furniture! In a way the kennel serves as a bedroom for your dog, and man’s best friend is similar to us humans in the fact that sometimes they too need to get away from it all. You personally know your dogs character, but trust us, many of the pups we meet show how grateful they are with their moods.
Manage separation anxiety
Think of the kennel as a way to manage any stress your pup may feel when alone. Usually, this manifests into chewing and scratching of your beloved items when they are left alone. It’s a classic case of toilet paper shredding turning into your sofa shredding! An outdoor kennel signifies individual safe space for your dog, calming the nerves and training them to relax on their own.
If you like to keep a neat and tidy garden, a kennel is a great option for you. As every dog breed is territorial, giving them their own space in the garden avoids any stress and is generally welcomed by all dogs. This also avoids them dismantling your garden displays and digging up your shrubs.
How to choose the right outdoor kennel?
We want to make sure both you and your dog feel comfortable, safe and secure. From dog kennel blocks for multiple dogs and specific breeding needs to premium single dog cabins. our hand-built kennels are all made in the UK with a full focus on the detail.
We’ll work with you to find the right kennel for your and your dog’s needs, after all, once you have selected the right design, you and your dog are in it for the long term. We’re a small team and we understand the importance of collaboration and guidance.
When browsing our designs, keep in mind that all of our kennels are made with longevity in mind. We use tongue and groove cladding for the entire structure, making each kennel robust on both the walls and roof. For this, we use A Grade Scandinavian Redwood, it’s sturdy, elegant and classic, which also is designed to complement the greenery of your garden. To ensure the kennels are long-lived we treat the wood with a TanalithE pressure treatment, this stops any rot or decay in its tracks, allowing for your kennel to last for much longer and promotes less upkeep and damage.
We believe investing in a kennel with Garden and Animal Structures is a smart option.
Whether your best friend lives at home with you or outside in kennels, the cold winter months can be quite harsh on our dogs. Here we have 10 Top Tips on how to make the cold season more comfortable for your pets and working dogs.
Wrap up on walks
Check for snow between their toes
Check for salt and grit between their toes
Keep them warm and dry
Keep them active indoors
Adjust their food if necessary
Make sure they have good recall
Make them visible
Never leave your dog in the car unattended
Stay away from frozen lakes and rivers
How to beat the cold and keep draughts away in your dog kennel and runs
A dog kennel and run will usually provide ample protection from the cold and bad weather. But if your dog kennel and run is located in an open area with little or no shelter, there are things that you can do to help.
Here, we give some examples of what you can add to your new dog kennel and run to make sure that it provides enough warmth and comfort for your dog during the winter months.PVC draught excluder, or draught screen
We provide clear plastic flaps over the dog kennel pop hole (dog entry) to prevent wind from blowing into the bed area. Your dog can still go in and out of the kennel as desired.Internal draught board
An internal draught board is a solid upright board which your dog can lie behind in the kennel. It acts as a wind barrier, therefore keeping the kennel warmer and draught free.Sliding hatch over dog pop hole
A sliding hatch closes down over the pop hole, acting as a complete barrier for wind and cold air. The sliding hatch is obnly recommended to be closed for short periods of time – maybe overnight – as your dog cannot access the run while shut.3/4 mix dog run panel, also known as draught panel
A 3/4 mix dog run panel is solid metal from the bottom to three quarters of the way up. We have used these before on run ends to again provide protection from winds and rain.PVC lined insulation to kennel bed area
We fill framework with polystyrene board and line with white PVC sheets. The insulation retains the heat in the kennel sleep (and can also keep it cool in the summer!) The wipe-clean plastic stays at an even temperature, therefore won’t have a condensation build-up. This is in contrast to materials such as metal which heat and cool quickly – especially when using a kennel heater.Raised dog bed, or sleeping bench
A raised dog bed is also useful as it keeps your dog away from the floor. Most dog runs have a concrete base, which can get icy cold in winter frosts, as well as hold water. Our aised dog benches sit on a timber frame, allowing airflow underneath. This in turn keeps your dog warmer and more confortable.
- Walk early or late. Avoid walking your dog in the hottest part of the day – early mornings and evenings will be much more comfortable for you both.
- Set an easy pace. Even if your dog loves a good run, they need some encouragement to take it slow on hot days. They can’t plan ahead so they won’t realise they might get too hot. Encourage them to slow down by setting a slower pace and giving them plenty of time to sniff and explore.
- Hot pavements and roads. Be aware that pavements and roads can become so hot they can burn your dog’s paw pads. Check the temperature of the road and pavements before you take your dog for a walk.
- Keep to shady areas. Plan your walks and try to include places where there is shade and natural paths.
- Short and sweet. Try taking two or three short walks throughout the day, instead of one long one.
- New exercises. If it’s too hot for long walks, do a shorter one and mix up your dog’s exercise with some extra training or playtime in the shade. It’ll keep them occupied and active but you can take regular breaks so they don’t overheat.
- Keep hydrated. It’s important that your dog drinks enough in hot weather so they don’t get dehydrated. Take a look at our tips on helping them keep up their fluids.
- Stick to the shade. Does your dog love to spend time in the garden? Make sure they have a shady spot to lounge in. Trees and shrubs create natural shade but you can also hang a tarpaulin or put up a gazebo to give your dog somewhere cool to mooch about.
- A paddling pool for paws. A shallow paddling pool or washing up bowl filled with cool water can give your dog a chance to cool off their paws. Keep a close eye on them around water to make sure they’re safe.
- Create a cool room. Some dogs will seek out a tiled floor on hot days as they’re nice and cool to lie down on. You could also set up a fan for them or an area with some cool, damp towels for your dog to lie on.
- Ice packs and cool pads. You may be able to buy cooling beds and mats from your local pet shop for your dog to lie on. If you can’t find them, an alternative is to wrap ice packs in a towel and pop that in your dog’s bed to cool it down.