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    Default Minimum size for outdoor dog run

    Is there a rule of thumb? I have two Labs that each need a run. I am wanting a safe place to stash the dogs when either I need them out of the way or no one is home to watch them. My yard is tiny, I'm wondering how small I can go for each.

    I am planning to keep snow and rain out (and my fence jumper in) with a cover and adding something to the walls to ensure shade. I have K-9 condos that will go in each.

    I called SL Animal control and sifted through city animal ordinances and got nowhere.

    Advice?

    Also, besides concrete, what kind of "flooring" options are there? I expect them to air elsewhere. A few years ago we got a 10'X6' chain link el cheapo run from Lowes that we merely placed on the lawn, but my dog started digging holes around it so I quit using it for the dogs.


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    Mine are covered roof, with concrete floors on 2 and untreated, one wood decking on a treated wood under frame.
    3 outside kennels: 2 are 5' square, one is 5x10 feet square.
    They are for temporary holding only so size is not an issue.
    I like the wood deck idea. It's still somewhat portable and about the right size for us at 5'x10'

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    Don, I like the decking idea for the floor. Looks more comfortable for the dogs than concrete, especially in the heat we get here.
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    Mine stays in a 10'x10' run on a wood deck during the day. I have a dog house and a kids pool in it for her. I haven't built a roof on it yet so I have a tarp that shades the whole run.

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    mine are 5'x10' with some space on inside of barn too like 4'x4'... If the dog is out often and used/exercised Pen should just be a sleeping spot
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    mine are 5' x 10'
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    My suggestion, 5x10 portable chain link from a good local fence company.
    On the flooring I'm very partial to concrete, I build houses for a living in a very humid and hot climate so I favor concrete. I've tried wood flooring in kennels, but I've always had more problems with wood, i.e. rot or a concern of bacteria, plus concrete is so much easier to clean. If you properly shade the roof and a partial side of the run then sun should not be a problem with concrete. You can air the dog all you want, it's still gonna go in the run somewhere, from my experience smart dogs will pick a corner while some will skate in you know what. The good thing about portable chain link is you can always add three more sides for another dog. JMHO.

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    Much thanks, all. Your comments and ideas have helped me think about my needs and space restrictions differently.

    I am now thinking that I just need to add flooring to my existing chain link dog run for my digger/fence jumper (it's really the cats' fault), and a familiar shelter area for my blind dog.

    I think I can put a redwood deck under my 6' X 10' chain link dog run, which has a good roof, for about $300 in materials. I might have to hire it done, though.

    My other dog is now blind. Last summer we fenced off a nice area of the yard for her. But now that it has gotten brutally hot, she seems to struggle figuring out where the shade is, so I was thinking that confining her to a dog run was the answer. Now I am thinking that maybe all she needs is a shelter along the fence, in an area that she used to use to snooze, back when she could see.

    I haven't priced having a concrete slab poured, but that just seems so permanent...
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    What do y'all use for water dishes to keep the water melted in the winter, and cool in the summer? The water in the metal buckets I have strapped to the sides freezes too fast in the winter, and gets almost hot in the summer.

    I have a heated dog bowl that sits on the ground but I'm pretty sure the dog will play with it if I put it in the dog run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Lietzau View Post
    Mine are covered roof, with concrete floors on 2 and untreated, one wood decking on a treated wood under frame.
    3 outside kennels: 2 are 5' square, one is 5x10 feet square.
    They are for temporary holding only so size is not an issue.
    I like the wood deck idea. It's still somewhat portable and about the right size for us at 5'x10'
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    Don I like your set up. But I can't see in the picture what your using for the roofing support?
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