Friday, June 1, 2012

Pampering Snoopy! - Designing Dog Kennels

If you are interested in building a dog kennel from scratch the first thing you are going to need to do is look at the different dog kennels designs to see which one will suit your dog. If you have more than one dog you may want to consider building a duplex dog kennel that is divided into two separate apartments for your dogs if they do not get along with each other well enough to sleep in the same space!

Essentially there are only three main types of dog kennel designs of which the duplex is only one. The other two are the classic peaked roof or "Snoopy" kennel and the flat sloping roof model. Now your dogs are really not going to care which one you build for them as long as it does what a kennel should do which is give them a place to shelter out of the weather good or bad.

When you search online for dog kennel designs you are likely to find a plethora of different designs. The first thing you are likely to notice is that no matter how fancy they look in the picture they still fall into one of these three basic categories. You do not have to spend a fortune on a set of fancy plans when all you really need is a simple kennel design that you can build in a few hours. If you are building a duplex your plans should include a way to remove the partition so that your dogs can provide body warmth when it gets really cold.

When you start looking at kennel designs than the basic shell with a roof, your design should include ways to make sure that your dog or dogs are as comfortable as possible. Your dog is a valued member of your family and deserves to be treated like one. While a basic dog kennel might be fine at keeping the rain at bay you can add a few little extras that will turn his kennel into a home.

Whether you live in a hot climate or a cold one, adding a layer of insulation to the roof, walls and floor will make a big difference. Not only will it help you dog stay warm when the cold winds blow, but like your house the insulation will help keep out the summer heat and help him to stay cooler in the summer.

You can add transparent plastic flaps to help keep out the winds during the winter and if you really want to spoil your dog you can add a small fan to one end of the kennel to keep the fresh air flowing in the summer months. Finding the right design for your kennel is not as hard as you think there are plenty of plans available online, it is what you do with these plans that make the difference.


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