People say I’m more than head over heels in love with Prince; they say I’m obsessed with him – Prince is my lovable golden retriever. I’m not sure I can argue with them.
I’ve bought everything for my dog, from portable dog carriers to dental chews and peanut butter-flavored bubble makers. I recently came up with a novel idea: a do-it-yourself indoor dog kennel.
Choose A Location For Your Kennel
It is vital to choose the right site for an indoor kennel. The room should be warm, spacious, and inviting. It should be a safe haven for your pets. Take into account the following criteria:
- The region should be large enough. Consider giving at least one space meter (11 square feet) to each puppy and no less than five square meters (55 square feet) to the kennel as a whole.
- There must be a window. The larger the font, the better. Natural illumination supports healthy development in developing canines.
- The space should be warm and draft-free. Temperatures should be kept between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius (68 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Build a kennel in the dogs’ living space if you’re raising puppies. If puppies do not see their mother or other people all of the time, they may become more sensitive. The puppies may receive more care and have more opportunity to socialize if the puppy cage is near to the mother.
Choose whether your kennel will be built on a concrete pad or immediately on the ground. Concrete pads, which can be washed away, make cleaning the kennel yard much easier, but they are not inexpensive. If you don’t know how to pour concrete, acquire quotes from two or three concrete companies and select the one that best meets your needs and fits your budget.
It’s Measurement Time!
Determine the size of the kennel by measuring your dog’s height, length, and breadth, then allowing for mobility and development. On the patterns, record the measurements for the bottom and ends, and allow for a large door height and breadth. Measure the width and length needed for the whole perimeter of the kennel.
Maintain The Safety Of The Floor And Walls
You’ll want to keep your floor and walls clean after the dogs have gone. As a result, before building the kennel, you must guarantee that you have appropriately protected them. The pen’s walls should be lined with wooden or plastic planks. If the boards are not properly fastened, puppies will leap on them and scratch them.
Place wooden posts in each corner of kennels that are built directly on the ground. Pour the concrete mix into the hole after sinking it about 1 foot (.3 m) deep. Pour in the water, stir it around, and put aside until it’s set. Use tightly hammered or screwed brackets to secure the fence to the posts. Rep the final two sides, leaving the back exposed.
Step 1: Place the plywood panel, good side up, on a pair of saw horses. Mark each component with a rafter square, ensuring that the wood grain runs vertically on the end panels and horizontally on the side panels. Ensure that the front and rear panels conceal the side panel end grains.
Step 2: Draw a line down the center of the roof to mark the roof angle.
Step 3: Mark and cut one end panel and one side panel. Then, using the other end and side panels as templates, cut the opposite end and side panels.
Step 4: Cut the door opening using a jigsaw.
Step 5: Before nailing or screwing the cut sides and end panels to the floor, apply adhesive to the edges.
Step 6: Using a saw or plane, bevel the roof’s edges to create a miter join. Undercut the overhanging edges to help water drain and avoid excessive moisture on the end grain. For safety, these must be rounded off. Following that, the roof panels should be glued and fixed to the kennel.
And there you have it: a basic indoor dog cage for your pup.