You’re probably wondering, how do I choose the right kennel for my dog? Here are a few tips that will help you get started.
Bigger is Better
Giving your dog plenty of room to move around will promote the health and well-being of your dog. You my quickly regret the decision to purchase a kennel for you dog that ends up being too small. On the other hand, very few kennel owners complain about a kennel that is too big.
If you just purchased a puppy, consider how much bigger your dog will be in a year. Also will you be adding any other dogs to your family within the next few years?
Go for Low Maintenance
A kennel for your dog that looks good now may become a maintenance headache within a few years if a few precautions aren’t taken. Here are some things to look for.
Is the exterior crafted with low maintenance materials? While low maintenance wood siding is available, it will still eventually need to be repainted. One way to reduce maintenance is to select a quality vinyl siding with metal trim. And any exterior floor boards should be low maintenance PVC or equivalent.
Are interior elements protected from chewing or staining? This may include covering wood with glassboard or protecting edges with metal chew guards.
Does the kennel have features that make routine cleaning easy? Options may include a port to hook up your garden hose, a wash basin, or an electrical package.
Keep it Comfortable
Just like you spend lots of time in your house, your dog will most likely be spending a lot of time in his or her new home. Look for features that make your new kennel for your dog more comfortable including the following:
An insulated indoor space
A climate controlled space with heat and A/C
Softer rubber mats for the floor
Tenderfoot wire for the exterior portion of the kennel.
Check out the quality
When it comes to long lasting durability, small details are important. Make sure you understand how your new kennel for your dog is built. Here are some questions to ask while doing your research.
Is all lumber that comes in contact with the ground pressure treated? Pressure treated wood is a preservative that prevents wood rot and decay.
If you’re looking at a wood dog kennel, are floor joists, wall studs, and roof rafters 16” on center? Some manufacturers try to cut costs by increasing the distance between these components to 24”. This compromises the structural soundness of the kennel.
Is the exterior siding and trim approved for exposure to the elements? If the siding is wood, check for rot and warp resistance. All non-pressure treated wood used on the exterior should be sealed with paint or stain.
Is the roof installed following industry standards? Roof shingles or metal should be rated for 25 years or more. Drip edge should be installed around shingle roof edges and shingles should be installed over a layer of felt paper. If these options don’t come standard the manufacturer can usually add them for a small fee.
Don’t forget about looks
Your new dog kennel doesn’t have to be an eyesore. Find a manufacturer that can design a kennel for your dog that meshes well with it’s surroundings or matches the other buildings on your property.
While cost is a factor that should be considered, it should not be the biggest factor. Remember the following words of wisdom that have been attributed to Benjamin Franklin:
“The bitterness of poor quality remains, long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”.
Now that you’ve got what it takes to choose the perfect kennel for your dog, go ahead and get started!