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Old 12-13-2011, 03:25 PM
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Whats your dream outside dog run/kennel?

I eventually will be getting Tyler to build me one. The deal is if he gets a garage he has to build me a dog kennel/run. I have not really decided what I want in a kennel.

So of course it would have to be for at least two dogs, hopefully three. Seperated because of course Im not leaving Teagan and a molloser together unsupervised. And there would have to be a roof or no way for a dog to get over the top of it. I guess it does not have to be huge. Its mostly going to be a way for me to keep the dogs contained while we are both at work or when we need a break from pesky dogs lol. And since were moving to high populated cougar and bear country I just don't trust leaving a dog unsupervised roaming the yard.

Now I of course would be putting a lock on the kennel dog. Although I would not expect people to steal a molloser thats just plain stupid. But they are a very rare breed where Im going. But its also a small town.

So what would you do for a lock system? Would you personally be ok leaving a dog alone outside in a kennel when you are not home??

Oh anything to add that I would need to think about

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Old 12-13-2011, 04:03 PM
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I picked up one off craigslist for 75$ that was a couple hundred from TSC originally.

I don't feel safe leaving them out. My dogs are to old to dig anymore but I had bought one years ago and my husky could get out. I had to sell it. Now she is the one I got it for and she will just sit in it and chew on a bone.

But my great aunt had one built by a fence company off her garage that had her cockers on one side and her cats on the other. It went the length of the back of her property and had a top. It also had concrete so many feet down and was anchored to it. That was the nicest run ever. She had picnic tables in there and small trees she kept pruned. I loved going over there when I was little. They could also come into the garage which was also screened in.

We use a pin that goes on the horse trailer on ours when we put blitz in it when we don't want him screwing with the horses while we ride or work with them. He knows he can jump up and down and hit it and get out eventually. A lock sounds good but the fencing material is so easy to cut I don't know how much it would help?

A friend from work that used to breed shepherds has several barns with wood fence with wire over it and its actually really nice. It looks better than just chain link. But I don't know how much her dogs tested it. People wouldn't mess with the barns that way either.
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:08 PM
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This is what I would build. Basically a barn transformed into a kennel/area where all dog things are stored. Honestly, though, Blaze's breeder has my ideal (perfect in every way, LOVED it) kennel set up. But I don't have permission to post it, so I feel it's best not to do so publicly.

But this is very close:

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Old 12-13-2011, 04:16 PM
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An honest word of advice, if the wildlife is really *that* dangerous and they get hungry enough they will tear open chain link to eat your dogs and even a mastiff can be animal food in the wrong situation. I would look for something entirely closed, like a garage, if I were in an area of concern, and only have outside time supervised.

Otherwise, this type of structure is very cute and functional, chainlink could be something stronger and you could split it if need be.




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This to me is ideal for 3 large dogs who know each other well. No chainlink (it really is wussy material), not too much space wasted with interior, and protection from the rain/wind.

The only major critique I have of it is that the gap at the bottom is a little too high for my tastes. I only like 1/2 - 3/4"

ETA: wood construction is also helpful for keeping the noise down. You wouldn't believe how far a bark carries in a metal shed.
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My ideal kennel runs would extend off the house. My perfect home would be like an open warehouse space on the ground level, with the kennels coming off it. lol

My dogs are outside in their kennels (though right now, mostly chainspots) unsupervised. We have cougars/bears, but I've never seen one come in close. The yard is encompassed in 8 foot fencing - which certainly won't stop a hungry predator, but there is much easier prey to be had around here (like my livestock). I've never worried about it. If I lived anywhere more populated or had neighbours, I would definitely padlock my kennels, as well as have some heavy duty property protection dogs.
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We're thinking about moving the dog yard next year (they mostly use it to potty in anyways) and possibly outdoor kennels for during the day instead of being crated. Though we'd have to do concrete floor and it would have to have a secure top.

And possibly just suspend Lincoln from the top so he doesn't get into anything. lol
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The building Kat posted is pretty much my ideal kennel set up too! I really like the solid topper as we have two escape artists here. :P
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You guys make me wanna go out and marry a carpenter/handyman.
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Ohhh la la. All those kennels look AWESOME!!! And gives me so many ideas. My dads a sheet metalist so I could totally get him to build me a metal frame/cage thingy.

Im actually not too conerned about the wildlife, there are too many easier prey for them to go after.
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