How to make a dog kennel
If your dog is outside a lot of the time, it’s essential to provide a place where he (or she) can shelter from rain, wind and strong sunshine. It’s quite easy to make a kennel for your dog. Remember that the kennel needs to be the right size for your dog! Bigger isn’t always better, because dogs feel most secure in a small space. A dog kennel that’s a good fit will help to contain your dog’s natural body heat.
To choose the right size for the dog kennel, we’re assuming it’s for a small to medium-size dog with a weight of around 45 kg. We’ll make the kennel out of wood, because it’s a material with naturally good insulation that keeps the kennel cool in the summer and warm in the winter. For your dog’s safety, you should use sturdy, durable materials. We’ll make the dog kennel with a fixed floor, because this is more comfortable and hygienic.
We’re going to make a simple kennel with an A-frame, which is easy to make. It’s best to use an outdoor grade of wood, because your dog kennel will be exposed to all kinds of weather. Water-resistant plywood, epoxy-coated panels and impregnated wood are ideal materials. It’s best to use FSC-approved outdoor wood. This has environment friendly impregnation, so there’s no need for any further treatment.
The sizes given below are intended as a guide. You can adjust the length, width and height to match your own preferences and the size of your dog.
Frame: 4 lengths of wood measuring 44×44 mm and around 100 cm long
- 4 lengths of wood for the uprights, measuring 28×58 mm and around 100 cm long
- 1 length of wood for the ridge of the roof, measuring 44×44 mm and around 120 cm long
- epoxy-coated plywood, 12 mm thick and measuring around 100x100 cm
- 4 short legs made from pieces of wood measuring 90x90 mm and 12 cm high
- 14 planks measuring 125x22 mm and around 120 cm long
- corner planks for the opening measuring 75x20 mm, 32x around 130 cm long and 2x around 170 cm long
Back wall: assembled in a triangular shape, sawn out of 18 mm tongue-and-groove planks
Front wall: triangular shape, sawn with an opening
You’ll also need:
- tongue-and-groove planks of 18 mm thick impregnated pine with an effective width of 120 mm = 2x 6 planks with a length of around 1000 mm. (If you’re using untreated wood, then you need to treat it with a coat of paint or varnish to prevent rotting.)
- 4 connecting pieces with a length of 1000 mm
- Corner planks with a width of 20 mm