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  1. #1
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    Default Can you help me construct a kennel?

    So, my neurotic dog has been shown to not be safe alone in the house while we are at work. We are taking steps to reduce her anxiety, but for everyone's safety, I have to confine her to a crate, which I hate doing and she is not a fan.

    We have a big, new barn that is cool in the summer, and cozy in the winter, and the ability to seal doors as well. I would like to build her a kennel in there, so she has more room to move during the day but is still confined safely.

    Any ideas on how to make one? I could purchase a kennel, and I've been scouring craigslist, but due to the space I have in mind, I might have to do it to a custom size.

    Would a wood framed structure with some heavy mesh work? Sort of like a chicken coop? I want it to be solid, and look decent as well.

    Like this, minus the "house" part
    http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y56...psf42ed9bb.jpg



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    That is cute! But, not knowing your dogs issues, would she chew the wood? Dig at the wire and maybe detach it from the wood?



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    I'm assuming you don't have an extra stall? I would really just advise getting a wire "kennel in a box" from Lowe's or Home Depot. They are quick, easy to put together and worth the money. If you need a custom size I'd do a google search and find one that's 10x6x6.

    I wouldn't advise making one yourself. The gauge of the wire necessary is too hard for most diy-ers to handle.
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    how big is the dog?

    We had a dog once who could not be contained by normal fences. She would yank on the DIY grade chainlink until it fell open like unzipped! Climb over, dig under.

    I like that pictured kennel!
    But the wire components I would suggest to use heavy gauge wiremesh, welded. The area is not too expensive to go commercial grade!
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    I bought a "Lucky Dog" kennel at, I think, Lowes. It came with 7 five foot panels and a 5 ft gate panel. I used it against my house where the doggie door came out, so I could have made it even bigger, not having to fence that size. It had hollow feet so I had the handyman pound rebar in and then slide the panel over that to help stabilize it. Easy to install, might not work for a really determined dog, but plenty strong for most! I think I paid $300.



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    If your dog is not safe to be in the house because of anxiety, s/he may not be safe outside either. Outside, as in away from her people, may increase her anxiety and create worse and/or different behavior issues. I've seen where dogs have chewed through walls, chain link, plywood or variations.



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    Right but she's away from her people regardless. It's while we're at work only. I just figured she'd be happier in a larger area, and the only place we can do it would be our barn. It wouldn't be outside, it would be inside our (closed up) barn.



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