An outdoor dog pen provides privacy, security and a safe place to play for your companion animal. It's a play paradise that allows your dog the freedom to stretch his paws, without having to wait for you to accompany him in your yard. For the DIY enthusiast, building your dog pen can be a fun, cost-effective project. The materials you need will be less expensive than an equivalent pre-fabricated and installed kennel.
Create a rough sketch of your ideal dog pen, including dimensions of the walls. A standard pen is 4 to 5 feet wide, and 10 to 12 feet long -- although you may need to adjust this depending on the size of your dog.
Go to your city clerk's office and obtain necessary permits and licenses to verify your project will be up to code.
Select a location in your yard. The ideal spot should have a mix of sun and shade. Consider whether you want to be able to see your pen from your house.
Make It Happen
Measure and mark your width and length dimensions in the location where you want to build your pen. Dig within the perimeter eight inches deep to make way for your concrete.
Pour concrete into the empty space and allow it to cure. Curing will take five to seven days, according to the Portland Cement Association, and you must keep the concrete damp.
Dig your fence post holes with the posthole digger. Lowe's suggests fence holes to be 30 inches deep to prevent the fence from leaning.
Install fence posts, and fill with concrete. Allow the concrete to cure.
Wrap chain link around the perimeter of the run, keeping it tight to the fence posts.
Secure fence to the posts using chain link ties. Make sure to cut or bend the ties away from the interior of the kennel to prevent your pet from impaling his paw.
Install roofing if desired. A tightly stretched tarp across the top will provide shade and cover from the rain.
Make sure that you check with your city clerk before starting. This simple step will ensure that you are okay to proceed with your project. If you neglect this step and someone comes to check your building and it is not up to code, you will need to tear it down and start over.
To further maximize the comfort of your companion, there are a few advanced additions that you may take into consideration when building her new home. Adding a slope to one corner of the kennel will allow rainwater and urine to drain, keeping the area cleaner. You may also consider buying welded wire with a coated finish for your fence to add longevity to your project.
Items You Will Need
- Chain link fencing
- Chain link ties
- Posthole digger
- Circular saw
- Hack saw or dykes
- Optional: Tarp or roofing material
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