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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. 

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