Dog Kennels and Housing Tips
If your dog is living indoors, outdoors or a combination of both, they’ll always need a comfortable place to call their own and a place to go when seeking shelter.
Tips for choosing a kennel:
- The size of your dog’s kennel should depend on the size of your dog (or how large your puppy will grow!), as well as whether they spend more time inside or outside.
- At a minimum, the kennel needs to be large enough for your dog to perform a full and comfortable 360 degree turn.
Measure your buddy from the nose to the tip of their tail before shopping for your new kennel so you know you’re buying the right size for them.
Popular types of dog kennels:
- Most kennels come in small, medium and large; Houndhouse Canvas Dog Kennels are available in four sizes, making them a popular option for those who purchase a smaller kennel for their pup and then upsize as the puppy grows.
- If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, a wood kennel like the Bavarian Kennel is a great housing choice as it is sturdy, comfortable and customised with features like a hinged roof and removable floor for easy cleaning.
- Plastic kennels like the Kramar Sleepezy Villa Kennel are easy to clean and assemble and also a good option for dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors. They are solid, comfortable and resist water well, so are suitable for tropical areas. Like most kennels though, they’re best kept out of direct sunlight, especially in hot weather.
- Canvas dog kennels are great for providing shelter in warmer climates, especially the tropics. They are flea and rust resistant and water proof. Canvas kennels are breathable; they’re warm in winter and cool in summer, expanding with the heat to offer more room inside, and contracting when it’s cold to make the kennel more snug. If you’re out and about with your buddy a lot and need something portable, canvas kennels are great because they’re lightweight and easily transportable.
Don’t forget your kennel liner! Placed under your dog’s bed, they’re perfect for adding a little more comfort and insulation to the kennel.
How to keep my dog cool in the heat
A cooling mat can be added to your pet’s kennel to provide some additional comfort during the warmer months when they seek shelter. No electricity required, you can also pop the mat in the fridge to provide some extra coolness.
*Not suitable if your dog usually chews their bedding!
For more information, see our tips on keeping pets cool and preventing dehydration in warmer months.
Our Recommended Products
- Raised design and slanted roof will keep your dog high and dry in the colder months and in shade in the warm weather.
- Quick and easy to assemble, with a removable floor and hinged roof to make cleaning a breeze!
Kramar Sleepezy Villa Kennel
- Made from 100% recyclable UV stabilised material.
- Easy assembly, access and storage.
- Fully insulated and weather resistant, to keep your pet warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
- The detatchable top allows for easy access and cleaning, and the smooth interior finish prevents fleas from breeding.
- An easy way to keep your pet cool during the warm weather!
- No electricty required.