Why would I need a dog run?
Most dogs love the outdoors, the sounds the smells and the general hubbub of day to day life. Having an outdoor home for your dog can be extremely useful at times, such as when you are at work, or just when you need them out from under your feet when visitors are around. Many working dogs even sleep outdoors year round.
How large should my dogs run be?
What size dog run do I need? We often get asked this and our answer is as large a dog run as space and budget can afford. There are no benefits to your dog by having a smaller dog run. So, there will always be trade offs when deciding on the size of the run, added into the mix is the length of time your dog will be spending in the run.
If your dog is to spend more than a couple of hours a day in its dog run, small and medium dogs will need a minimum of 3 square metres, raising to 5+ for larger dogs. Remember that you need to consider space in the dog run for a sleeping area, water, toys and that they may soil inside it.
What makes for a good dog run?
Security, comfort and durability are the main aims of a good dog run. Considerable thought has gone into all of our dog runs to ensure:
- They minimise the risk of injury to your dog. They are chew resistant and have no spaces where limbs can be jammed
- They prevent unwanted access
- They offer protection from the rain and more importantly the sun.
- A comfortable resting area – that why we recommend that you include a cabin
How can I be sure it still look good in 5 years time?
This is a good question as many dog run manufacturers are based overseas and use poor quality untreated timber which splits and cannot withstand the elements. Others use thin galvernising which after a couple of years starts to look drab, rusty and begins to flake. You need to be sure the dog run comes with a solid guarentee such as the 5 year warrenty we give with all our runs and kennels. On top of that, all our runs are made here in the UK using the latest laser welding technology, galvanising to BS EN ISO 1461.
How do I keep it clean?
We recommend that you getting into cleaning routine that sees any feaces removed daily and a weekly clean with a pet safe disinfectant and a bristle brush. Treat any sleeping areas with a monthy dose of good quality flea room spray (both available from out website)
How should I introduce my dog to his outside home?
Every week at Canine Concepts, our in-house behaviourist is contacted by someone whose neighbour leaves their dog outside all day and it barks and barks until the owner comes home – they want to know if there are any anti-bark products that can help them. Sadley, there is’nt and many neighbours fall out over nuicence barking and worse still, councils are often called in.
So hopefully you will now agree that how you introduce your dog to its new outdoor home is very important. Our behaviourist advises that, like all things with dogs, keep it positive and never overdo it to begin with. Once the run is as comfortable as possible, get some of your dogs favorite treat and go into the run (leave the door open). Slowly feed the treats in a playful fun way for 5-10 nminutes. Then come out of the run and let your dog do there own thing for an hour or so.
Repeat this a again and this time close the door. Keep everything really positive and fun, perhaps even playing with your with his favorite toys. Repeat this over a couple of days, then start to feed your dog his dinner in the run and closing the door while he is eating. Over the next few days, slowly build up the length of time your dog is in the run on his own – start with just 5 minutes.
What should be in my dogs outdoor home?
Putting up your dog run is the first step, here is a list of other items you will need to consider: TYPE OF PANELS Our dog run panels can have the following formats: 8cm bar spacing: The vertical bars within the dog run panels are 8cm apart. These dog run panels are by far the most popular and cost effective option. They are suitable for all but the smallest dogs and cats. If the gap is to wide for young puppies, customers often use a mesh (e.g. chicken wire) around the lower part of the dog run for the first few weeks until the puppies are bigger. 5cm bar spacing: A popular choice with kennels and catteries as it is suitable for the many shapes and sizes of cats and dogs that pass through. Dog runs with these panels are particularly climb resistant. 5cm Mesh: For those who don’t want to take any chances. These dog run panels are 4mm welded mesh. The best solution for cats and small dogs, they are also good in cases where a dog is aggressive and you need to be sure the dog cannot stick its head out, or people putting hands in the dog run. Solid or ¾ panels: these dog run panels are a panels filled with ridge profiled coated steel sheet. They can be either full height or ¾ height, where the top ¼ is bars or mesh. These dog run panels are useful in parts of a dog run where you need to form a screen. This could be a neighbours property or where you want to create a wind break. The panels also have good noise reduction properties if barking is a problem. Wood panels: Serve a similar roll to the solid panels above, except they are made from pine clad timber. They are more aesthetically pleasing and have better heat retention properties than steel panels. They and are normally used when creating a semi enclosed area. You can see examples of where these panels are used in our Banbury & Oxford dog runs. FORMAT The beauty of our dog run panels is that they can be formatted in just about any way you want. They can be formatted as simple rectangle dog runs, or more elaborate shapes. Many customers often use an existing structure (house, garage etc) as part of the boundary of the dog run, this saves on dog run panels and very often makes better use of space. ROOFS Every dog run must provide some protection against the elements, particularly the sun. The best solution, finances permitting, is to have a roof over your dog run. Our roofs are coated steel ridged sheet that can span up to 3m without further support. They are intended to overhang the outer edge of the dog run by 0.25m to allow water to run off. Usually customers prefer the aesthetics of a roof that runs from front, dropping down to back of the run. This ensures the rain water drains off to the back and prevents the area in front of your dog run getting muddy. If your dog is an escape artist, then a roof will provide further security and prevent them jumping out. SLEEPING AREA If your dog is to be left in the dog run for more than a couple hours day, then you need to provide a sleeping area. Many people simply include a dog kennel within the dog run itself. We do however have ‘void’ panels that allow a kennel to be located outside the run, hence not using up dog run space. BASE Cleanliness of your dog run is paramount to the health of your dog. Poor surfaces such as grass or gravel that cannot easily be cleaned are a health risk to you and your dog. These surfaces can also quickly become muddy and soiled. The best surface is concrete as you can have a uniform surface without gaps that can be difficulty to clean. Paving flag stones can also be used, it is recommended that the gaps between the slabs are properly pointed with cement to prevent them being a soil trap. It’s a good idea to build the base about 6 inches bigger than the dog run, so that the weight of the run does not sit on the edge of the base, hence making it prone to cracking. Another option for your dog run surface is to use rubber mats such as those used in horse stables. These provide an easy to clean surface and are quick to lay and can be readily moved if necessary. ANCHORING We recommend that your dog run is always secured to the ground, even if it does not have a roof. If you are locating the dog run on an uneven surface, then use of adjustable brackets is recommended. If you have to locate your dog run on grass or a soft surface, then use ground anchors