In the doghouse
THERE was a time when dog kennels were only made of wood. Today however, there is a variety of kennels on offer. Both timber and/or plastic kennels with Colourbond roofs are now available. The Weekend Shopper advertises a wide range of dog kennels under the General and Pet Accessories sections ranging in price from $45 to $200.
To determine what to look for in a dog kennel, the Shopper spoke with Brookfield Produce and Pet Pavilion manager Natalie Maudsley.
“Years ago there was only wooden kennels. Now there are a number of different kennels to choose from. The plastic ones are very easy to keep clean,” Ms Maudsley said.
“The lids lift off and you can hose them out. In the summer time they can double up as a bed.
“There are also kennels that can be attached to dog’s beds. They have canvas that keeps the dog warm in winter. And it can be taken off in summer so the dog can still use the kennel if need be.
“Because we don’t get snow, lots of dogs are fine to spend the winter months in kennels of this sort.
“Preferably they should have some sort of matting, or a cushion or blanket in their kennels.
“If you’re putting a dog in a kennel for the first time and it’s a puppy, it’s easy. But if it’s an older dog that for some reason has lived inside and has to go outside for some reason, it’s a bit harder.
“If you’re trying to convince them to get in the kennel it’s best if you get in with them with either their favourite toy, or whatever they normally sleep on. Something that has their smell on it. Give them a scratch on the belly and make them comfortable.
“It’s better for dogs to sleep on something that’s raised; like one of those metal dog beds or in a kennel. Particularly if they are old because sleeping on the ground can aggravate arthritis and their temperatures go up and down with the ground temperature.
“If you have children you might want to think about a kennel because it’s hygienic.
“Then again it depends on the family and the housing situation. If you have carpet you mightn’t want your dog sleeping inside. But if it’s a small dog many families allow them to sleep inside.
“Our small dog sleeps inside and our large dog sleeps outside,” she said.
In terms of kennel placement it should face the same way as your house. It should catch the morning sun but remain out of the afternoon sun maybe partially sheltered under a tree or an awning.