Which kennel should I choose for my dog?

Our dog friends have always loved enclosed and well defined spaces, symbolizing their place in the home. If we want to explain this preference, we have to go back to their ancestor, the wolf, a pack animal living in a den. Choosing the right den is therefore of utmost importance for the well-being of your animal because it is a place where he feels reassured and at home. The kennel is an essential accessory for any dog used to living outdoors.

A kennel neither too small nor too big

First of all, the kennel must be adapted to the size, morphology, breed and age of your dog. The dog must be able to settle down, lie down and turn around easily. Of course, you must avoid choosing a kennel that is too small for your dog’s size, but you must also be careful not to think that, conversely, choosing a kennel that is too big would be completely the same for him. Or even worse, think that it will only have more space and comfort. In reality, the dog doesn’t really like places that are too big, which gives him a feeling of loneliness. In addition, there is a risk of cold as soon as the temperature drops. On the other hand, a kennel of the right size will allow your dog to warm it with the warmth of his body, without feeling cramped.

Wooden or plastic kennel?

Choose a well insulated kennel so that the animal is protected from the wind in winter and the sun in summer. A wooden kennel is much more suitable than a plastic kennel for this purpose because it helps to maintain a stable temperature inside. However, a PVC kennel has several advantages: it is much easier to maintain than a wooden kennel, simpler to transport and also more affordable. In addition, these niches offer a greater choice of colors, sizes and shapes.

In all cases, a kennel insulated from the ground with feet is to be preferred because its elevation will protect your dog from humidity and parasites, especially in rainy weather.

Flat roof or sloping roof kennel?

For the roof, two options are available. A kennel with a slightly sloping roof is ideal if you live in a rainy area because it allows rainwater to drain away. However, it will be less easy to clean than a kennel with a flat, removable roof, on which dogs like to perch to dominate their environment but which is not adapted to rain.

Some tips for the maintenance of the kennel

A kennel gets dirty quickly and your dog is then exposed to the risk of having ticks or even developing certain diseases. Without forgetting the bad smells and all the dirt that your doggie could bring in your living room. So clean his kennel regularly with a non-toxic product such as Saniterpen, at least once a month and even more often during the fall and winter because of the wet and rainy weather.

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