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The benefits of an outdoor dog and kennel run for workings dogs

Providing both security for you and your dog, an outdoor kennel run is a smart idea for a host of reasons.  Here at Garden and Animal Structures, we focus on the whole package, from your peace of mind and convenience to your dogs health, wellbeing and safety.  An outdoor kennel, with added run, can provide your pups with a safe and comfortable place to spend some time. Allowing them to enjoy the space, take in the fresh air and allowing you the freedom to live your busy life.  A highly versatile addition to your kennel, we’ve highlighted the top reasons we believe an outdoor run is beneficial for all, below.   Safety First up, a well-structured kennel and run serve as a snug area for your dog to spend time, keeping both you and your pet safe. This works by separating your dog safe from any poisonous garden plants, animals or even potential dognappers!  Made from sturdy, safe materials our dog runs can also stop your dogs from burrowing or digging their way out. This offers peace of mind for you, to know they are safe, secure and not too cramped!  Also, if your dogs are prone to unpredictable behaviour, a run added to your kennel can also serve as a place to protect you, for your safety. Plus if you are having little ones visit or friends who are allergic or dislike dogs, the kennel plus run can offer a spacious environment to keep your dog separate from your home.  Separating pups Depending on whether you are breeding or rescuing, a new pup needs training. An outside kennel and run help in the training process, from toilet training outside to avoid any chewing of your furniture. This is also useful if you have multiple dogs until your new pup is settled and familiar, an outdoor run offers the perfect spacer.  Dog wellbeing We know that dogs, like humans, need their alone time. An outdoor run offers them the space for this, a separate space just for them. Over time your animal will learn to associate their pen with comfort, warmth and security, as long as you use it for good and not for punishment. It’s known that if you leave your dog outside for too long, they may start showing negative behaviours and have negative associations with their run.   Weatherproof Our runs and kennels are all enforced with the best materials available.  Our timber is tanalised which protects against rot, decay and insect attack as we believe in practicality and longevity. 4 bay smaller dog kennel block with galvansised dog runs On a final note, dog runs offer a practical option for post walks.  If you have a long haired breed or particularly energetic dog, the run offers a place to keep your dog outside while it shakes and dries off. You can even hose them off in there! Stopping any muddy paw prints inside!

Bespoke Dog Kennel Block with Side Room and Storage Shed

A custom-made dog kennel block to include dog sleeping boxes, PVC lined insulation and glazed windows.  Click here to view our standard dog kennels for sale.

Dog Kennel Design

After an initial consultation, we drew up plans with our customer to design a kennel block system to suit their requirements.  Firstly, they wanted three dog kennels with runs.  They also required two side sheds: one tongue and groove, the other wipe clean and insulated. Kennel floorplan.

Dog Cabins

Rather than a full-height kennel, our customer requested our cabin-style sleeping boxes.  Having a wipe-clean lid and being removable for easy cleaning, the top of the sleeping box also provides a raised bed for the dogs to jump up to during the day.  We added aluminium anti-chew strips to the pop holes (dog’s entrance to the sleeping box).  The anti-chew strips prevent damage from the dog and also extend the life of the kennel.  Furthermore, we don’t use any handles or similar on the lids.  This means that there is nothing for the dog to catch on when jumping up or down. The dog kennel sleeping boxes had PVC lined insulation, wipe clean flooring and side-sliding hatches.

Kennel Dog Runs

For the dog runs, we used 5cm gap bar galvanised dog run panels.  The bars let the dogs see each other while being kennelled, and they allow plenty of fresh air to circulate throughout the dog runs.  Furthermore, the bar dog run panels also prevent dogs from being able to climb up, and the central support bar provides extra strength in the panel.  

Kennel Side Room

To the right of the kennel, we added a fully insulated and wipe clean side room.  Running the full depth of the kennel and run, it measured 5ft wide by 10ft 6 inches deep and provided over 50 square foot of space.  We filled the internal walls with polystyrene board and then fixed white PVC sheets over the top.  In addition, the flooring was upgraded to have a phenolic coating which provides an anti-bacterial and wipeable floor.  We also added two side windows which were glazed with 4mm thick toughened glass.

Side storage shed

To the opposite end of the kennel block was an additional storage shed.  Having a fully clad roof, walls and floor, the shed offers additional storage space for dog feed, leads or garden equipment.  This shed also had two glazed windows where we again added the 4mm toughened glass.                   The entire structure was finished off with our Onduline roofing upgrade.  The corrugated bitumen has a longer lifespan than felt and is the perfect addition for kennels situated in windy or open locations.  The kennel was based on our Sterling Multi-Bay Dog Kennel Block.

Triple Dog Kennel With Extended Runs

Three bay wooden dog kennel with extended dog runs having side bar windows

Our customer in North Wales got in touch to purchase a bespoke dog kennel with extended dog runs.  Based on our Sandon triple kennel, the dog runs were extended from 6ft 6in to 8ft.  We were also asked to clad the run ends and add small galvanised bar windows.

Solid sides to dog runs

The wooden ends to the dog runs provide protection from weather, and also help to reduce noise from dogs barking.  A 4ft wide x 2ft tall bar panel was added for viewing and to allow ventilation and light into the runs.

Insulated and wipe clean kennel sleeps

The dog kennel sleeping areas had full height access doors, as well as a dog pop hole with aluminium anti-chew strips.  Our customer asked us to line the kennel sleeps with white PVC, which has 40mm insulation underneath.  We also added phenolic coated flooring for a wipe clean surface that is easy to clean.

The Kennel Design

After a brief chat on the phone, we put together some ideas for our customer to meet her requirements.  A floorplan was made along with a rough plan of what the build would look like.  

The Finished Kennel Build

What our customer said:

I am really pleased, thank you all for your excellent service and great communication throughout , I love my kennels ,  would  use you again and recommend you to anyone.

The ultimate guide to garden and animal structures

We like to think we know a thing or two about Garden and Animal Structures, after all – we think our name says it all. So, we thought it would be a good idea to produce a handy little guide about our top selling products and try and answer some of your questions. 

Part 1.  Choosing a kennel for your working or outside dog

1). Consider the size: What kind of space do you have available outside? If you have a larger garden or a farm your options will only be constrained by budget really. If your garden, outside space or budget, is smaller you need to look at the size of your dog (or dogs). Larger breeds will need a larger kennel but the kennel doesn’t need to be like a cave! A smaller kennel can help keep your dog (or dogs) nice and cosy, especially in the winter. A helpful tip here is to measure the size of the crate or bed your dog currently sleeps in, and go from there.  2). What kind of style do you want? The location of your kennel will always be a consideration here. Again, if space is not an issue you have carte blanche. If you don’t you’ll need to consider your choice a little more. Kennels with an apex roof provide extra space in the middle. A kennel with a sloping roof is usually lower and thus takes up less space in the outside area. These types of structure are usually suitable as a single dog kennel.  3.) Kennel Insulation Wherever you are in our fair isles you may have noticed it can get a little cold, especially in the winter. Insulating your dog kennel can seem like an unnecessary expense but you don’t want your pet or working dog to be cold! Insulating your kennel will mean that you won’t need to invest in extra heat lamps. A lining for your kennel will also prevent the wooden interior being exposed and, potentially, getting chewed. Please contact us for prices.  Dog and Kennel Runs and your dog First of all, it’s worth checking out if your dog can sleep outside. All breeds of dog are different and some will be more suited than others to sleeping outside of the home. And, if your dog is sleeping outside it is essential they have a good dog and kennel run which will shelter then from the elements. Here are the essentials facts you need to know about investing in a dog and kennel run for your pet or working dog, and these are true for single and double dog kennels
  • Dogs require protection from the elements so heat is not drawn away from their bodies. 
  • It’s really important to make sure that your dog’s kennel is always warm and dry. 
  • If your dog is small or has a thin coat, you may need to invest in a coat to keep them warmer, especially in the winter.
  • Monitor temperature daily, ideally your dog and kennel run should be above 10° and below 26°.
Double Dog Kennels Dogs are social creatures and love human company, but they also love the company of other dogs. A double dog kennel is a perfect way for your dog to sleep outside but not feel isolated because they have a kennel companion.  Garden Dog Kennels If space is a consideration in your outside space or you want extra storage for your kennel you may want to check out a dog kennel with a shed. Coming with either an apex or a sloping roof these buildings will tick both the garden equipment and the kennel box — we also offer a completely bespoke service too, please contact us for more details. 

Part 2. Bird Housing

There are many considerations when choosing a new aviary and this will predominantly be dictated by the type of bird you are looking to house. If you are looking to house some finches, for instance, you will need to leave at least you need to plan for 12cm of aviary length per finch, with a width measuring at least 6cm. When looking to house a falcon, you will require a space the size of a small bedroom. However, there are certain things you will need to look at, regardless of the type of bird you are looking to provide a home for: 
  • Type of bird: What is the full wingspan and are they an active breed? Will their wings be clipped and, if so how will they get around? These will be a big consideration for the type of aviary you need.
  • Location and weather: The location of your aviary should, above all else, keep them safe from the elements. You will need to choose a location that will keep your avian friend sheltered from direct sunlight, harsh winds and heavy rain. 
  • Insulation: What temperatures can your area get to? Can it become very hot or cold at different times of the year? The location you chose will impact the temperature of the aviary. Will it get direct sunlight during summer or none during the winter – is your garden, or where the aviary is located south or north-facing? 
  • Security: When you have your aviary installed to make sure it is properly secured. Padlocks are a must, as is to make sure it is secured to the ground. 
  • Extras: Don’t forget bird feeders, toys and nest boxes (for smaller breeds). 
We have a huge range of aviaries for sale, including our bespoke service. 

Large Single Dog Run With Extended Front Run

A custom sized single dog kennel and run with bespoke layout, delivered and fitted to Bristol.

Single Dog Kennel With Extended Front Run

This large single dog kennel and run was based on our Sandon kennel range.  The kennel had an apex roof which covered the kennel sleeping area and half of the dog run.  The dog run also extended out to the front providing ample space for our customer’s two dogs to play and stretch.

The kennel itself measured 8ft x 5ft and was upgraded to have wipe clean flooring and PVC lined insulation.  We added a sliding hatch to the dog pop hole as well as a see-through draught screen.  Our customer wanted to make sure that the kennel was as comfortable as possible for their new dogs, and we made sure that the kennel was safe and provided plenty of shelter from the elements.

The dog run measured 8ft by 10ft6 in total, having 4ft of it covered by the roof.  The open dog run allowed the dogs to have plenty of light for sunbathing, and the kennel overlooked our customer’s beautiful garden.  The dogs were very lucky to have so many external sights and sounds to keep them entertained during the day.

To complement the kennel, our customer also ordered two of our heavy duty raised sleeping benches.  Raised from the ground on plastic feet, the benches are kept away from sitting water and cold floor, providing a dry day bed for dog snoozes.

Finally, we finished the kennel with our Onduline roofing upgrade.  The corrugated bitumen is ideal for wooden buildings sitting under trees.  Felt can be damaged by leaves falling and rotting on the roof, so the Onduline helps to extend the lifespan of the dog kennel.

If you have a bespoke project in mind, please do get in touch.  We can help with ideas and are happy to talk through different designs with you.