How To Build a Dog Kennel

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Do you want to provide your dog with a weatherproof kennel because it spends a lot of time in the garden? Here are instructions on how to make dog kennels? If you are handy with hammers, nails, and other tools.

Enclosed, temporary kennels are available for dogs to spend time in. Consider your dog’s mental and physical well-being while planning a do-it-yourself project for your dog’s kennel. They come in many shapes and sizes, including dog cages and massive dog runs. Several dog kennels provide a little amount of space for dogs to run about in, while others are moveable and can transport dogs.

How to build a dog kennel

There are three different types of dog kennels.

The kennel’s intended function will determine the materials and tools you’ll need for your DIY dog kennel. Consider the following types of dog kennel materials:


A chain-link fence is one of the most common, robust, secure dog kennel fence alternatives. A chain link is an outdoor dog kennel composed of thick, galvanized steel wires joined in an interlocking pattern. You may not need a roof, depending on the height of the walls.

Welded Wire

This material, which comes in a variety of sizes, is great for keeping your dog where you want them to be. Various structural parts may be attached to the wire, making it exceedingly adaptable.

Wooden Kennel

For dog kennels, wood is a typical and adaptable material. You may use reused or discovered wood, such as that from old pallets, and it’s relatively easy to deal with.

What kind of wood should a Homemade kennel/dog house be built of?

An outdoor dog kennel should be sturdy and long-lasting. The type of material used in the construction of a weather-resistant dog house is critical. Weatherproof stainless-steel screws are a good idea! The following types of wood are also recommended:

Larch wood

Larch is weather-resistant due to its high resin content. It’s no wonder, then, that larch wood is used to make a lot of pet-friendly outdoor furniture. This is our preferred method of constructing a dog kennel, and it is, nevertheless, significantly more expensive than other varieties of wood.

Spruce wood

Spruce wood has various advantages: it is light, flexible, and generally durable when treated with natural wood preservatives. It’s also less expensive than larch wood.


Pinewood is regarded as an all-rounder – and the most affordable alternative. Many garden fences, for example, are composed of pinewood. Thermopane (impregnated pinewood) is especially useful for outdoor settings.

What size dog kennel should I get for my dog?

Anyone who believes “as big as possible” is doing their dog a disservice, at least in the winter. Because it is overly large, the kennel provides less protection from the cold.

To determine the optimum proportions, measure your dog. The height and length of the shoulders from the snout to the base of the tail should be considered. Then figure out how much room your dog requires to spin around.

To each of the obtained measures, add around 20%. To calculate the required material, use this rule of thumb to determine your dog’s kennel’s height, breadth, and depth. If you have multiple dogs and a small amount of space consider building a dog bunk bed in your kennel. 

How big does a dog kennel’s entrance have to be?

You’ll also need to know your pet’s shoulder height for the computation. Ideally, the door opening should be 0.8 times the height of your dog’s shoulder.

How to build a dog kennel?

Here are some points to get you started:

  • Consider Goldilocks and the Three Bears while determining the kennel’s dimensions: not too huge, not too small, but just perfect. It should be big enough for your dog to lie down, stand up, and turn around. However, it should be snug enough for your dog to maintain body heat in cooler weather.
  • Shop for lumber at your neighborhood hardware shop. Outer plywood and non-toxic chipboard are our preferred materials. Ask the store’s employees, and they’ll help you make the greatest possible choice.
  • Cut your flooring to fit your needs. Another fantastic suggestion is to use flooring that provides more padding and warmth.
  • In order to avoid moisture from leaking through the wood flooring, you need to raise the kennel up a few inches. Stilts, a hollow platform, or a solid foundation are all options if you’re feeling very bold.
  • To match your proportions, cut the sides and roof to fit. Remember to either create a door or cut a door hole for the dog to enter and exit.
  • Start swinging that hammer around. You can also use your electric drill, which is quite entertaining.
  • Make sure there are no rough edges or bits of nail/screw sticking out for your dog to snag on before putting the sides together.
  • A smart kennel is one that is handcrafted and enables easy cleaning.
  • Consider alternatives for cleaning the kennel quickly, conveniently, and efficiently. The kennel has a modest slope to allow for simple drainage, and the roof is detachable for easy cleaning.
  • If you want your dog to be more comfortable in their kennel you can also add a dog bed. However make sure you know the dimensions of your dog kennel before buying a bed. 


As previously said, every dog requires their own space. A spot where he may unwind and be alone. If you’re going to build a house for your dog, be sure it’s the right size. It’s also important to remember that dogs are individuals with different needs, and dog houses should be designed to accommodate their needs. Like all non-human species, dogs love a cool spot in the shade, whether the weather is hot or cold. An outside dog home can also serve as a safe haven for a nervous dog that needs to unwind.



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