In the dog­house

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Front Page - - KYLIE McIN­TOSH

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.

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