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How to Build a Dog Run

An outdoor dog run may just be the way to house your pet while you are away at work or other short term excursions. If you have a fenced back or side yard, this fence can serve as part of the dog run. When learning how to build a dog run, you will find that a shaded area is best for your dog. Avoid direct sunlight, which can cause your dog to over heat. If no shade is available, you will need to place a tarp over part of the dog run. Make sure that shade is provided all day long. Dog runs are usually quite long, so make sure you have at least 16 feet in length and about 6 to 8 feet in width. Dog runs should also be approximately 6 feet in height. This will give you easy access to the dog run and be high enough to keep the dog from jumping out.



When you read books on how to build a dog run you'll find that most dog runs are enclosed with chain link fence. Chain link fence is offered in vinyl coating of green or brown. Select the fencing that will look best in your yard. Besides it's pleasing appearance, coated fencing is long lasting and durable. The length of fencing you purchase will depend on the size of your dog run. Purchase a gate that is extra wide, providing plenty of room for both you and your dog. If you are setting up the fence yourself, you will need to purchase fencing posts and the hardware needed to attach the fencing to the posts. Cement will be needed to securely hold the posts in place. Learning how to build a dog run the proper way can save you money and time.

Let the cement set for at least 24 hours before placing your dog inside the dog run. Place bedding along with food and water inside the dog run before you let your dog in. Your dog should think of the run as a nice place to be. When you take on the task and learn how to build a dog run, remember to follow the dog run plans precisely. Stretching your dog run out one foot longer will not only mean more fencing, but may mean another post or two, which of course will mean more hardware and more cement. Don’t forget that your dog will still enjoy his walk out of the dog run and that dogs should never be left in a dog run for long lengths of time.



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