Garden sheds are perfect for converting into a dog kennel, especially for large dogs. Ever paid attention to a standard dog house? Most of are significantly smaller than a shed. In fact, they offer just enough room for a dog to stand up comfortably. While a shed is larger, it can be converted into a cozy home for Bruno.
Converting your garden shed into a kennel will be relatively easy. Before you begin, check your local laws to ensure your kennel meets compliance standards. Once cleared, pick a shady spot in your yard to place the shed. Now you’re ready to begin!
Outlined below are 5 easy steps to converting your shed into a dog kennel. Your canine best friend will be enjoying his new digs in no time:
1. Raise the shed – to prevent the kennel from absorbing moisture from the ground, build a raised base for the shed, preferably 4 inches high. Secure to the bottom of the shed for maximum results. Using cinder blocks to create a base is another alternative. If the shed appears to be too high off the ground for your dog, you might choose to build a ramp for easier access.
2. Insulation – climate control is essential to providing a safe environment for your pooch. For wood sheds, blanket fiberglass insulation can be secured between the studs, followed by screwing half-inch plywood over the top. Plastic and metal sheds can be insulated by stapling reflective double-foil to the walls and covering the seams with duct tape. A heating bulb will be necessary if you live in an area prone to cold weather. Vents can also be installed in the kennel’s roof to keep the space cool during the summer months, with angled slats to prevent rain from getting inside.
3. Install a Door – a hanging piece of tarp or burlap allows for an easy entrance. Another alternative is leaving the shed door open while the dog is out of the kennel, but hanging a tarp or piece of burlap doubles as a climate protector as it keeps wind and rain from entering the space.
4. Interior Fixes – once the structure is complete, it is time to focus on making the space comfortable. Wood chips, hay, old blankets or doggie beds can be used to keep the ground warm and dry in addition to adding comfort. This would also be a good time to build shelves in the upper portion of the kennel, out of your dog’s reaching jaws. Use this space to store food and assorted supplies.
5. Exterior Finishes – If possible, place the shed in a shady spot of the yard. If this is not an option, cover half of the kennel with a tarp. Also, building a secure dog run is ideal, as it allows your dog to go out and relieve himself when needed. Place food and water bowls near the entrance of the dog kennel instead of inside if possible to avoid spillage on the blankets.