Planning and building a new dog kennel can be a true act of creativity, regardless of the size of the kennel. Will it have an accompanying dog run? Will it have a roof? Will you make the kennel portable, so that it can be brought into the shed for severe weather? There are so many ways to build a kennel, that you may have trouble making up your mind. One thing that will be easy, however, is sourcing your timber. Timber from Somerset is an excellent choice for builds like this.
Timer from Somerset
When you source your timber from Somerset, you are getting timber that has been harvested and cured with your area in mind. One of the most destructive features of using timer is its moisture content. If you use wood that has been dried out too much, it will absorb moisture from the ambient air and swell. This will create structural problems with your kennel, breaking joinery and splitting planks.
On the other hand, if the timber has not been dried properly, it will continue to shrink even after you have finished construction. This leaves you with gaps where there should be none, and with torque framework. Cladding will not stay attached, and your work will fall apart.
Most builders will leave timber out in the weather for a while to let it acclimate to local humidity levels. However, sometimes, this is not enough. If timber has been improperly cured, you may never be able to use it. That’s why timber from local sources is so important.
The next most important aspect of your dog kennel is the design. There are many blueprints available at your home improvement center, through online sources, and even from local rescue shelters. In general, though, you’ll want to make the kennel sturdy enough to contain the dog even if something happens to make it panic. Make the sides tall enough to keep it from bounding out, and solid enough to prevent “fence fighting”.
The size of the kennel depends on the size of the dog that will be housed there. A kennel with a top on it should be tall enough for the dog to stand up comfortably, but not so tall that it can jump up on its rear legs. The interior dimensions should be large enough for the dog to turn around in and lie down comfortably.
Contrary to human instinct, dogs typically like a tight kennel. Think in terms of wolves in the wild, holed up in a den. Their den is not a spacious, living-room sized abode, but a cozy hole that is easy to defend, with just enough room to move around.
If the kennel you plan to build is more of an outside living space, with roaming room, the kennel, or house itself should still be cozy. But, the dog run itself should have safety features that will keep the dog from digging, climbing, or jumping out. Include toys and activities to keep the dog happy in the dog run.