Consider drainage. The dog's house should be elevated an inch or two above the kennel floor. This keeps the dog drier and makes it easier for you to hose out the waste and keep the kennel clean. The floor, assuming it amounts to a roughly finished (as opposed to smooth) concrete pad, should be disinfected on a regular basis. Remove the dog before doing this as the chemicals may be caustic.
Untreated lumber (exterior grade plywood) may be the best choice for kennel construction. While it may not last as long as treated lumber, the chemicals in treated wood can be toxic if your dog decides to chew on its house. Make sure the roof is pitched, as opposed to flat, to ensure rain and snow will easily run off. Chain-link fencing is likely the most popular method of kennel enclosure.
Keep these tips in mind as you craft your kennel-building strategy. Your dog's safety and comfort are in your hands.
While packaged kennel kits are available for purchase, free kennel plans can also be found online. Building a kennel to your specifications will likely cost less overall.
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