How to Build a Dog Run

Every dog requires a good exercise in order to stay healthy and maintain muscle tone. Whether you raise a small dog or a large one, you need to give your pet an ample amount of exercise from time to time. Each dog should move around and avoid a sedentary lifestyle in order to stay fit and healthy. Dog lovers and experts have their own way of making sure that their fur buddies get the best exercise.

A dog run, or also known as a kennel run, is considered as a good exercise area for your dog. Basically, pet owners who are too busy to take their dog(s) out for a walk can benefit from building one. Kennel runs are also perfect for families who have more than one dog. A dog run will keep your pets moving, so that they will stay healthy. It is the best alternative if you don’t have time to take them out for a good, traditional walk in the park.

Any individual can make a dog run for his fur friends. In case you don’t have money to hire a professional or just like doing things yourself, then perhaps a guide below will help you on how to build a dog run for your pet. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can make yours at home.

Materials

The materials you’ll need for your dog run will actually depend on your preferences. In case you opt for a sturdier kennel run, then investing on steel frames would be a better choice. However, if you are working on a smaller budget, good lumber is enough to keep your pet(s) inside for a good exercise during the day.

If you are planning on building a dog run out of steel, then you’ll need the following materials and equipment.

  • Welding Machine
  • Steel (Angle Bars, Round Bars, or anything you prefer as substitute)
  • Welding Rods
  • Cyclone Wire
  • Hinges, Padlocks

In case you are going with a cheaper dog run, you will need at least 2×2 lumbers (in lieu of the steel) for your frame as well as some 3″ nails. You’ll also need cyclone wire to keep your dog(s) inside the run. A hammer will help you to keep the nails in place.

Building the Frame

Measure the desired length of your frame before you cut the materials to avoid wasting money. A measuring tape will give you the exact measurements you need for your dog run. Make sure that your dog run is long enough, so that your pet can have a good space to run around. The area of the dog run would basically depend on your preference or your need. In case you have a small breed, then a 2ft x 6ft is already a decent area for your dog to run around. However, this can be quite small for larger breeds. If you are raising larger breeds, you need to build at least a 4ft x 20ft dog run, so that the animal can enjoy moving around.

Cut the materials based on the planned length. Connect each corner by using a welding machine (for steel dog runs). If you are using good lumber though, a 3” or 4” nail would be enough to build your frame. Make sure that you provide some braces for extra support. In case you are not good with carpentry, it is highly advised that you put braces on your frame.

Cover with Cyclone Wire

When the frame is finished, you can attach the cyclone wire to the frame. Before doing so, make sure that the wire has been rolled and stretched out. Such process will allow you to estimate how many rolls of cyclone wire you need for your dog run. The stretched out cyclone wire will be welded or nailed to the frame. For steel frames, you can directly weld the tip of the cyclone wire to the frame. Some people use flat bars to reinforce and secure the wire to the frame. They will cover the tip of the wire with the flat bars and weld it on the steel frame. In doing so, you’ll have a sturdy and visually attractive dog run at the same time.

Dog owners who are building a wooden run can stick the cyclone wire to the wooden frame by using nails. Carefully pound the nail with the hammer to fasten the tip of the wire to the wooden frame. Fasten each side properly by using nails on areas that require support. Doing so will prevent the dog from sneaking out through open areas. Longer nail length is preferable to keep the cyclone wire intact. Make it sure that the sharp ends of nails are not protruding to avoid hurting your dogs.

Install Door

Weld the hinges connecting to the door to the steel frame. You can use braces to support the door while you are welding the hinges. In case you are doing a wooden dog run, all you need to do is nail the hinges to the wooden frame and you got yourself a cheaper kennel run. The door should always be kept closed to avoid accidents and injuries both to your dog and to the people around the area. It’s important that you pay attention to the door of your dog run, since this is a space where you enter and exit the structure. Double check the hinges after you install the door to make sure that dog(s) as well as people are safe from possible danger. Once you are sure, your dog run is almost ready for use. The size of the door may vary depending on your plan. Always remember that the door should allow you to enter and exit without difficulty.

Paint

Lastly, you can add a shade to your dog run to make it look better. Colors can add more life to your kennel run while making its look more attractive. You can use any color that you want. Paint the dog run at least a day before you put the dog inside to avoid chemical poisoning as well as stains on their coat. Although it can be removed, blemishes on your dog’s coat can be quite challenging to get rid of, especially on long coated dogs.

Dog runs can either be done with a roof or without one. After all, you won’t keep your dog inside the run for the whole day. The main purpose of such structure is to encourage movement and exercise on days where you fail to give them a walk outside. Although they don’t get the socialization they need, a dog run is actually a good place to start with if you want to give them a good exercise.

A DIY or do-it-yourself dog run can be done by any owner as long as he knows what he needs. Follow the simple steps above to create your own dog run. A dog run is a good area for your pet to run around and get needed exercises. Always remember that a good exercise doesn’t only keep your dog in top shape but stimulates the mind of your pet as well.

A Simple Guide to Raising Your Dog

Dogs could be considered as good gifts for special occasions like birthdays. The celebrant-recipients usually feel excited when they get a puppy for free. What most people do not know or fail to anticipate is that raising a pup requires more than just your emotions. A puppy needs food, shelter, exercise, bathing and grooming, de-worming, vaccinations, and other things to keep them healthy.

Every individual should ask themselves a couple of questions before they get a puppy. One of these questions is “am I responsible enough to raise a puppy and provide its needs for at least 10 to 12 years?” If you can’t answer the question(s), perhaps it would be best to get something different than a dog.

A responsible dog owner, on the other hand, can take good care of a puppy. For the first timers, raising a pup can be quite challenging. At the same time, it can also be fun and exciting as long as you know what you are doing. So, how can an average individual raise a dog and enjoy the responsibilities attached to it? Here’s a simple guide on how you can raise your own dog from puppyhood to adulthood.

  • Nutrition – feeding your dog on time isn’t the only thing needed to keep him healthy. Proper nutrition is required in order to maintain good health. You can find a good number of premium quality dog foods on the market nowadays. Each is complete with the vitamins and minerals needed by your fur buddy. Choose one that you think will provide the nutrients your dog needs on a day-to-day basis. If you are more on the natural side of nutrition, you can choose raw diets for your dog. There are several options when it comes to feeding your canine with raw food. Commercial raw foods can give you quick meals if you do not wish to do it by yourself. However, you can also prepare the raw food by yourself if you have time to do so. Raw feeding can be time consuming, as you need to freeze meat and bones to get rid of the bad micro organisms. A good diet fed on a regular basis is a key ingredient to the healthy body and mind of your dog.
  • Exercise – if you believe in the popular phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” for people, perhaps you would also believe that a daily exercise would keep sickness away from your dog as it applies to us also. Regular exercise would help build up the immunity of your pet while toning the muscles for a better physique. In addition, it’s one of the best ways to keep your dog calm. Dogs without exercises usually tend to become destructive. A good exercise will stimulate the mind of the dog. It allows them to relax and put their focus on something productive instead of destroying things. How much time you spend on their exercise would depend on their needs and lifestyle.
  •  Shelter – aside from providing food for them, you also need to give them a place to stay. A dog will sleep anywhere. It doesn’t really matter if you have a nice place or a shabby one as long as they have a place to rest, especially during a bad weather. As an owner, you need to provide a dog house or a cage if you aren’t planning on keeping them inside your house. However, if you don’t mind keeping them inside the house, then there’s no need for you to build one. Dogs are happy if they feel your love. They are extremely delighted when you treat them as part of the family. After all, most dogs treat their owner as their pack leader.
  • Bathing and Grooming - any dog would appreciate a good, warm bath as well as an occasional grooming. Every dog needs to be bathed at least once a month or as needed. Aside from the smell, dogs without bathing and grooming tend to attract bacteria that can cause skin allergies as well as various types of diseases. If you think you do yourself a favor when you bathe your dog(s), think again as you actually provide them what they need.
  • Vaccinations and De-worming - you need to vaccinate your dog as per advice of your veterinarian. Vaccinations are important as they protect your fur buddy from viruses that can possibly harm or kill your pet. You also need to update your de-worming on a regular basis to get rid of intestinal parasites that competes for the nutritional requirement of your pet. Regular update of both the vaccination and de-worming should be followed by a dog owner to keep your pet healthy and far from endangering his health.
  • Owner-Pet Bond -building a bond is also important when it comes to strengthening the relationship between a master and a pet. A good bond usually ends with a happy dog which then results in another good thing. You’ll never know how much benefit you will build up when you work on developing your relationship with your dog.
  • Create an Order - in order to live peacefully with your pet dog, you need to create a clear ranking around the pack. While your dog may treat you as the master of the house, you will sometimes experience threat to your throne. A dog will sometimes try to steal your rank from you. One way to keep peace is by asserting the dog that you are the one setting the rules inside the house and not the other way around. Dogs that are well-trained and abiding by the rules of the house are often the ones who are happy with their lives. In case your puppy is running the house, perhaps it’s time for you to step up and take charge of the pack!

Why You Need These

All of the above-mentioned are key factors to raising a healthy puppy or dog. As mentioned, a responsible dog owner would see if all of these are met and provided. Anyone who’s planning on raising a dog should consider following these to enjoy the pet they have. If not, then they’ll have a hard time raising their pet.

Raising a dog isn’t a difficult and demanding task. In fact, it’s something worth trying out if you’re looking for fun and excitement. In addition, you won’t be bored especially if you enjoy puppy antics. As a dog owner, you’ll be ok as long as you know what your dog needs on a daily basis. Once you know how to take care of your dog, raising them to adulthood can be easy. Although there are challenges along the road, being a responsible owner will make things much easier for the two of you. Consider providing all of the above-mentioned tips and you’ll have a great life with your dog.

Taking care of a dog doesn’t require technical skills in order to be successful. In fact, you don’t need to be a veterinarian to enjoy a healthy dog. All you need is love, commitment, passion, and some money to give your dog. Keep in mind that anyone can raise a puppy or dog as long as they handle their responsibility well.