Start by choosing the location where you will be building a dog kennel. Size up the amount of space you have to work with and whether the kennel will work in that location. The kennel’s size needs to give your dog adequate room to move around in. Larger dogs, of course, need more space than smaller breeds.
If your dog currently has a dog house outdoors, be sure you allow room for it when figuring out the dimensions of the kennel.
If you don’t plan on adding a roof to the kennel, make sure the walls will be high enough that your dog cannot jump out.
If you will be building a dog kennel without a kit, use a tape measure to determine the dimensions of your kennel and then mark them out either with a chalk line or with stakes and twine. If you feel you don’t have the time to take on the project, your local True Value hardware store has dog kennels available for purchase that feature rust-resistant, galvanized steel tubing and chain link fencing. Many models require only a hammer and an adjustable wrench. These kennels also don’t require digging holes or laying concrete. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.