How NOT to build a kennel, Materials List, Site Selection, Site Preparation, Getting Started - Build a corner, Gravel, Lay the block, Finish the square - more corners, Clean the kennel, Set up kennel panels & shade/roof, Furnish the puppy kennel
Set up kennel panels & shade/roof
We have used chainlink kennels for years. Still have our 20-year-old Mason kennels that Mason came out and we strung with wire. They are EXCELLENT, heavy gauge mesh, and last a long time, obviously. But we found that a determined Malamute can pull the wire loose, even as excellent a job as Mason does -- and they can come out to your house to do the work on site as well!
So we searched for something a little more... and found www.optionsplus.com -- their prices included freight shipping delivery to the street our front because of our business status (rescue kennels). We had to uncrate and load into our pickup -- but it wasn't difficult with just me and the driver.
We tried the Silver series and a determined Malamute can eat their way through the welded WIRE. But the Platinum series is simply awesome. The gates are so sturdy you won't believe it. The panels are strong and Malamute-proof, and the Platinum is made from welded RODS which is significantly stronger than the silver. Our intention, finances permitted, is to replace our silver series with platinum with time. All but one of our gates is Platinum and we have had ZERO escapes or kennel damage to our 2 Platinum kennels. I think you could house a tiger in these things.
As well as the kennel panels (10x15) we put a kennel canopy over the first 10 feet of the kennel (here you can see it hooked to another one that shades the first puppy kennel.) Sunlight still hits the front in the mornings and the back in the evenings, and sun is your best disinfectant. But most of the kennel will be shaded all day long.
And we hung 10x6 mesh shade tarps over the public end of the kennels but up a foot to ease hose-outs. Here are the shade tarps viewed from inside the kennel... We started on the side of the kennel and wrapped the end for privacy. Each of these Silver Options Plus panels is 5' wide and 6' tall. We stopped the tarp about 8" up off the ground because of splatter during hoseouts.
(Wading pool in the foreground, kennel canopy on the upper edge of the picture)
And this is what it looks like from outside our perimeter fence...
Can you see inside? Except the doghouse on the left? Nope? That's the point. (Also note, we gave up on landscaping INSIDE the fences years ago...)
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