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Custom Dog Kennel Considerations

by Chester Alvarez

A custom dog crate or kennel may be just the thing to keep your dog calm and secure when they are sleeping or you are away from the home. The following can help you design your kennel.

Issues With Sizing

When it comes to crates and kennels, size is the single most important factor to consider. An overly large crate, for example, takes up more room than necessary. Further, a nervous dog may be prone to pacing and other anxiety-induced behaviors if the kennel is much too large. Although generally, it is better to err on the side of too larger rather than too small.

This is because smaller kennels are especially stressful for a pup. A small kennel can be uncomfortable and cramped, which can lead to health issues such as muscular damage. Further, your dog won't be able to easily differentiate between different areas of the kennel because there simply isn't enough space. This can lead to the necessity of having to relieve themselves in their bedding or near the water bowl. Not only is this not ideal, but it's also not healthy for your dog. No kennel at all is better than an overly small crate.

General Requirements

When it comes to size, the most basic requirements are that the kennel must be large enough for your pup to stand without touching the top of the kennel. They should be able to turn around, lie down, and stretch out fully without touching the sides. If they will be spending long hours in the kennel, there must be an area to lay indoor pee pads that won't overlap with the bedding or water bowl area.

Outdoor kennels or those used for longer periods of use should be large enough so your dog can walk around a bit. If confinement for safety is more of a concern than crate training, then kennels with attached dog runs may be an ideal option. Regardless, all outdoor kennels need a roofed area so your dog can lie in the shade when necessary.

Special Considerations

When designing a custom kennel, think of your space. If you will be crating multiple dogs, determine whether they will share one larger kennel, share a divided but attached kennel, or be kept in separate kennels — there are choices for all three options.

Next, think about where the kennel will be placed. If it's inside a small home, consider kennels with attached tabletops so that the kennel can double as extra usable space when your pup isn't crated.

Contact a dealer to discuss your custom dog crate options.