How to build a dog kennel?

Building dog kennel will provide your dog with a warm, dry, outdoor shelter.

Make it large enough for the dog to sleep or lie down in the inner room without being cramped, allowing an extra 150mm (6in) to the length and width measurements of the dog taken when it is lying curled up.


Dog Kennel

Build your own dog kennel

Make the outer room half as wide as the inner one.

For the height measure from the floor to the top of the dog’s head when it is in a sitting position and add 150 mm. Make the doorways shoulder high and 50mm (2 inches) more than the shoulder width.

Add the length and width measurements of the two rooms together and make a floor to this size using 18mm (3/4 in) exterior grade Plywood.

For a base, build a frame the same size as the floor, using 50 x 100mm (2 x 4 inches) softwood timber.

Fit the floor to the base, using 32mm (1 1/4 inches) No. 8 woodscrews.

Make the walls and inner partition from 18mm exterior grade chipboard with end walls cut at 45 degree angles for a sloping roof.

Cut doorways in the partition and in one wall.

Use 18mm exterior grade plywood for the roof panels. Join them at the apex with plastic corner joints. Allow 50mm extra on the length and width measurements of the roof panels to provide eaves.

Cover the roof with bituminous felt, held with galvanised capped nails.

Assemble the walls, base and inner partition using plastic corner joints or screwing through short 25 x 25mm (1 x 1 in) battens.

For cleaning make the roof detachable.

Paint the outside walls and base with one coat of primer followed by undercoat and gloss or a wood preservative – ensure you check the product used is pet friendly.

Place the kennel where the dog can see family comings and going. Disinfect regularly, cover the inner room with shredded newspaper, changed weekly.

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