How to Build a Chain Link Dog Kennel

how to build a chain link dog kennel

Creating the perfect chain link dog kennel for your dog may be simple to construct, but takes a bit of careful planning. You want your pup to feel comfortable in his outdoor space, and it is important to make sure it is structurally sound to withstand the elements. Atlantic Fence can help you take the guesswork out of the project. We will work with you to create a customized chain link dog kennel kit that is simple to construct and ideal for your property and pet.

Things to Consider Before You Start:

  • Research your municipal codes to make sure it is within regulations to build a kennel on your property.
  • Before you begin any digging, contact your utility companies to see if there are any underground power or gas lines at the site.
  • If you are including a dog house or do not plan on adding a kennel roof, make sure the fence is high enough so your dog cannot jump out.
  • Always be sure to wear safety goggles, gloves, and protective clothing while working with concrete as it may irritate your skin and eyes.

Step 1: Decide upon an ideal location.

There are advantages to locating it close to the home, or in a more remote location. Consider barking control, ease of cleaning, and the distance traveled to bring your dog out or in. While it may seem attractive to move it far away from the house to limit odor, avoid the mistake of locating it too far away so that cleaning is a hassle.

Step 2: Create a design plan.

Consider how large your dog will grow or if you want to incorporate a dog house within the kennel. The more time your dog will spend in the kennel the larger it should be. For the kennel to be comfortable, it needs to be large enough for your pet to run around. Make sure to include a gate for easy access.

Step 3: Gather building materials and supplies.

  • Metal posts (one for each corner and one every three feet or in between corner posts)
  • Hammer or sledgehammer
  • Chain link fencing material (typically 48″ h black coated chain link)
  • Wire cutters
  • Concrete
  • Shovel
  • Safety goggles
  • Work Gloves

Step 4: Install the posts.

You will need a post at the four corners of your structure and approximately every three feet in between the corners. Some posts may be able to be hammered into the ground with a sledgehammer. Cementing the posts will ensure the structure is even stronger. Click here to learn more about pouring concrete.

Step 5: Stretch and hang the chain link around the posts.

The posts should have small notches on them where the fence itself can be attached. Make sure you have a little extra fencing to stretch around the enclosure, snipping off the excess with wire cutters.

The helpful staff at Atlantic Fence is happy to help you plan and design the perfect chain link dog kennel for your pet. Contact us, or stop by our showroom, and let us help you start your project today.