Which Outdoor Dog Kennel Should I Get For My Dog?

Which Outdoor Dog Kennel Should I Get For My Dog?

I get this question quite frequently.  We manufacture, sell and install only Dog Kennel Covers.  We see many different brands and sizes of outdoor Dog Kennels (mostly when they are fairly new) and there is quite a variation in quality and of course, price.  Generally, the higher the price the quality also increases.  In addition, the bigger the dog the more surface area you want for your dog so he has ample living space.

Next, should I purchase a chain link or welded wire dog kennel?   Store bought chain link panels or a do-it-yourself wrap around chain link dog kennels are the least expensive and will do a great job for a smaller or less energetic dog.  It has been our experience these type of chain link dog kennels don’t stand up to for a larger active dog jumping up on the kennel.  If you want a heavier chain link kennel for these type of dogs, it is better to ask your local fence company to build you a heavier chain link dog kennel  or purchase one from any one of several companies on line; just be sure to get a  heavier gage pipe and chain link fabric.

Weld wire dog kennels are available and mostly are heavier dog kennels, but again you get what you pay for.  Some lighter weight Imitations are out there now.  Sometimes it’s better to spend a little more up front than to need to replace the kennel in a year or two.

Plan your space out before buying a dog kennel.  Where is the dog kennel going to go?  Do I want to be able to move the dog kennel easily?  Is my dog going to spend short periods of time in the kennel or is it his permanent home?  What am I willing to spend?  Once you have answered these questions, you will have a clearer idea of the size, length and width of the kennel.

The most common dog kennel size, 10’x10’, is large enough to include a dog house with watering and feeding stations.  Smaller kennels are mostly for kenneling your dog for short periods of time.

Tarps for a Kennel Cover

Tarps for a Kennel Cover

There is a wide variety of polyethylene tarps that can be found in wide choices sizes, and colors.

Most reinforced polyethylene tarps are water repellant, mildew and rot resistant.   Most quality polyethylene tarps are treated to provide UV protection, even more so with silver poly tarps.  Unless you want just one season of protection, choose a tarp that has been treated to resist the destructive effect of the sun’s UV rays.

Standard design will include 2” sewn or heat-sealed seams; sometimes a rope sewn into the hem, brass or aluminum grommets every 1-1/2 foot  to 2 feet along the edge, and reinforced corners.  Ball bungees or rubber straps allow easy placement of your tarp.

Economical blue or silver 3-layer tarps are fine for protection from the rain and are great for protecting a stack of wood, grill or motorcycle, etc. from the rain.  They cast a shadow, but for the best sun and heat protection for your pet, you want a good quality 4-layer silver sun blocker tarp. Don’t be fooled – you don’t want a silver tarp that will protect from the rain and just cast a shadow. A rule of thumb – if you can see the shadow of your hand a few inches from the backside of your tarp on a sunny day, your pet is not getting the proper protection from the hot rays of the sun.

A 4-layer silver tarp offers the best protection from rain and especially from the sun.  Most colored tarps don’t block enough heat (you can see the shadow of our hand).  Some neighborhood restrictions might force you to use a white, red, etc. tarp, but do your pet a favor and put it over the top of a good quality 4- layer silver tarp.

Kennel Cover For Snow

Kennel cover for snow?
3, 4,5,6,7 or more trusses?
How many trusses should I have to withstand 3
or more inches of snow load?
I’m asked this quite frequently and my answer
that I haven’t a clue as there are too many variables.
Is your kennel site level?  Is the snow dry or a heaver wet snow?
Do you brush accumulated overnight snow off your kennel?
How strong is the wind?  Is your kennel securely anchored to the
ground or concrete pad?  Etc., etc., etc.

I really don’t know, but just like a house or any structure,
the more trusses, the more load it will bear.
I don’t know of any kennel cover that is guaranteed to withstand snow load.
All kennel covers or tarp covered structures always state they are not rated for
snow or heavy winds.

Dog Kennel Cover Anchor

Dog Kennel Cover Anchor

Failure to anchor your dog kennel, especially if you have installed a roof system and/or side covers,
can be costly.  The weight of you kennel is no match for some of the high winds that spring up suddenly in any season.  Mother Nature can be cruel.   Anchoring you kennel is a fairly simple precaution.
For those of you that are handy, just bending 4-8 pieces of rebar like a candy cane about one or 2 feet long and using these to anchor the bottom pipe of your kennel would probably do the trick.  For those of you who aren’t as handy, there is a good selection of anchors that can be found online
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