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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.  

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.  

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.

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!

The Advantages of outdoor kennels

Here at Garden and Animal structures we wholeheartedly believe that an outside kennel boasts an array of benefits, not just for your dog but also for yourself. From providing extra security when you pop to the shops, to helping with training. An outdoor kennel can offer more than you originally thought, and we’re here to tell you why. 

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. 

Garden aesthetics 

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. 

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 floor-plan 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.

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.

Our Locally Manufactured Materials

As a family-run business, we are proud to support British manufacturing and small businesses similar to ours. When we found Garden and Animal Structures we set out to source local high-quality materials to provide our animal housing. Our dog kennels and aviaries are all built by us in our Stoke on Trent based workshop. We only work with the best quality materials, and luckily we found them right on our doorstep. 

Here we break down our materials, why we specifically chose to work with them and how they are beneficial in both a garden and animal structure. 


All of the timber we use in our garden and animal structures is machined and treated right here in the UK, we use tanalised timber, amongst others, which is anti-rot and protected against fungal decay. This offers high weatherproof quality, come rain or shine, allowing for less upkeep and lasting quality.  Our animal housing is designed and built by a qualified Joiner (Ross) who specialises in timber and other materials, which allows us to create any of our designs to fit your specifications and measurements of your garden, completely bespoke to you.  

Dog run panels 

We are proud to share that we are now using a local UK company to manufacture our dog run panels! Completely new for 2021, all of our 100% British made dog run panels are built to a higher specification than the European equivalent. This promises high quality, creating a heavier and stronger panel for you and your pups to safely enjoy. They have a thicker steel gauge and unique British galvanising that provides unique detailing you won’t find on other structures. Other plus points include 5cm spacing between bars that are 16mm diameter tubing with 1.5mm wall, providing space and safety, plus an ERW box section with 1mm thickness. They are also finished with a solid 16mm bar door hinge for longer lasting strength and ensuring against any unexpected escapes!

We spoke with many potential manufacturers and we can guarantee that our dog run panels are the best quality around, we are proud to work with the local team to provide secure dog run panels for you and man’s best friend.

Ironmongery & roofing

We only use UK based suppliers to provide all of our metal details, this ensures we have a close connection with the manufacturers so we can ensure high, crafted quality that surpasses UK standards. Together we work with them, with varying weather conditions in mind, ensuring your garden and animal structure is covered with strong roofing that will last the test of time.  

If you would like to discuss more on our materials, garden and animal structures please feel free to contact us here, we would be more than happy to walk you through our structures. We also offer a professional and efficient installation team with free nationwide delivery on our dog kennel and runs, aviaries and larger animal housing for mainland UK.