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Dog Kennel Ideas 

The Dog Kennel Ideas resource page is the result of piecing together information from several websites and YouTube on different dog kennel designs.

Each provided some data that was used in the following pages on our site: Building Dog Kennels and Dog Kennel Instructions.

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Kennel Design
Carl Altenbernd's kennel designs - he has some drawings in his article.

As the video at right shows, he attached both raised kennels and concrete floor type runs to one big building.

Sanitary Kennel With A Septic System
Carl's interesting idea involving the use of a gutter, a galvanized garbage can and septic pipe. However, it doesn’t work under freezing temperatures or in heavy clay soil.

Kennel Floor Scraper
Another article by Carl showing a scraper he uses to maintain their kennels in a Minnesota winter.

DIY Design Ideas from YouTube

Large square outdoor pens for pitbulls consisting of wooden frames and wire mesh with no overhead covering.

Obviously only good for warm   climates or mild days.

Backyard kennel area in the U.K custom built for a family's large dogs - a little known giant breed called Leonberger's.

An outdoor kennel using pre-fabricated chain link panels. The kennel is set directly on the ground and is movable. The roof is a plastic tarp. The doghouse is manufactured plastic.

A double run added onto an existing large wooden dog house. The design includes a deck covered with plywood, pre-manufactured metal frames for the side panels, and a plywood roof covered with tar paper.

Climate Control Ideas

Putting up a professional grade misting system from a kit that comes in 20 foot lengths.

Sam's cool kennel* beats the summertime heat in Fresno, California. 

* This design includes shade cloth, a fan, a kiddie pool and a misting system to keep John Dunn's dogs comfortable.

More Dog Kennel Ideas: Sketches & Photos

Kennel Plans

Some great photos and rough plan drawings by the Rottweiler Vom Hause Neff folks.

Rabbit Hunting Online Kennel Constructions basics

Photo of Rising Sun Kennels by Harry Warnick

We hope that these kennel ideas provide you with some inspiration to build your own. If you come up with a hybrid design or a totally unique concept, we'd love to hear from you so that we can add the information to this page and help out other folks. Simply email us at doggeshop [at]!

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