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Your Questions About Plans For A Dog Kennel

October 1, 2012 11:51 am
posted by Martin Boyle

Helen asks…

Plans for a dog kennel needed badly?

i have 8 dogs and of those 8 dogs i have 1 papilon, 1 German Shepard pup, 2 Great Danes, 1 Shiba Inu, 1 Dachshund, 1 rat Terrier, and 1 really cute small mixed breed. Well the 4 small dogs all have crates in the kitchen or dining room to sleep in but our 4 other fairly large dogs need a place to sleep on their own. So my mom thought about building a kennel off of our breakfast nook or screened porch but me and my mom are totally stumped about floor-plans. i really need help on finding or making one. In this kennel we need 4 small sized pens inside the kennel for our 4 large dogs to sleep and then 4 medium sized dog runs outside in the yard for the dogs to run around in before we wake up to let them out. also inside we need a grooming area with a small tub and then a large tub big enough for the Great Danes to fit in and 2 grooming tables (small and XXLL large lol!) and a dryer preferably. we also need in this kennel a extra area for food storage and Whatnot. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!
Money isn’t a issue so if ur creative like that u can make on and be as creative as u want
how come there is no way to do that?!?!?!?!?!
Me and 2 of my sister are dog handlers and pretty good ones. The owners leave the dogs in our care so we can show them and when the show season is over we give the dogs back. THIS is why we have so many dogs. The papilon,rat terrier,Shiba Inu, and the dachshund are ALL show dogs. they are NOT ours but they will be with us for a little while. So DON’T critisise me without knowing all ur facts. My family only has 4 dogs and that is not to many!!!!!!!!

Martin Boyle answers:

Do you have kennels that board dogs in your area? You could take a look at a couple for ideas. The kennel my mom uses to board her dogs at has a nice layout. Think of a rectangle shaped building with a walkway down the center. On both sides of the walkway are the interior areas for the individual runs. Each has an opening for access to the exterior part of the runs. Each run has block walls up to about 3 or 4 feet to keep the dogs from biting at each other. On top of the block walls is chain link fence that goes another 3 feet high. There’s a gate at both ends of each run. At the kennel my mom uses the roof of the building extends to the end of the exterior run because of the high daytime temperatures. The interior is also air-conditioned and heated so the dogs are able to stay cool or warm should the outside temps be uncomfortable. You could put the grooming area inside the kennel – easy access to each dog and to each run. ALSO- the entire kennel is surrounded by a second fence. Should a dog escape it’s run the second fence will stop it from getting out on the street or other dangerous situations. I hope this helps. Good luck!

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Your Questions About Dog Kennel And Runs

September 28, 2012 10:38 am
posted by Martin Boyle

Sandy asks…

Have you ever used pea gravel for dog kennel runs?

I have an outside dog run for my dogs during the day. I cannot afford concrete slab and plus its a rental property so I can just throw concrete around. Someone has told me to use river rock or also called pea gravel. Any experiences? Any other suggestions? My yard is too shady for grass and plus they would wear it down. I hate having dirt, I’m thinking the gravel will keep them cleaner and more sanitary since they are long coated show breeds. I also thought that rocks would get stuck in the paw pads, does pea gravel do that? that is one of my only concerns
so i would have to add something to the sides of the kennel to keep it from traveling to the outside. like thin plywood a couple inches high around the sides before i throw the gravel down? Also I would have to keep buying more from time to time because it wears down and gets scooped up?

Martin Boyle answers:

“Gravel travels”.
Will NOT damage a dog. WILL be scooped & WILL migrate.

Buy “patio blocks”…they’re cheap *&* movable *&* clean far better.

A “wall” will NOT keep gravel in place! And CAN’T be kept nearly as clean-will REEK!

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Your Questions About Dog Kennels And Runs

September 14, 2012 10:31 am
posted by Martin Boyle

John asks…

Can I add a run/pen to a kennel and small run for my dog?

My dog (large golden retriever) is on his own for around 5 hours 4 days a week at the moment so rather than keeping him indoors I thought a kennel outside would be a good idea. I have a shared garden so he needs to be locked somewhere when on his own.

At the moment I have a 12ft(W) x 4ft (D) kennel with run but I’d like to extend it out onto the grass so he has more space, Will that be OK and will it be better for him? I’ve looked around but can only find kennels and runs (like I have) or pens… I haven’t found any kennels with a penned in area.

Thank you.

Martin Boyle answers:

A dog fence kit is probably what you will need. If you can’t build the dog fencing yourself, you could hire a handyman. You will need a gate, posts and the fencing, and a diagram of the shape you wish to build. Since you have a large dog, make sure its built securely, so the dog can’t get out and run loose. You will also have to make sure the dog isn’t able to dig underneath the fence.

Whatever you decide, you may want to check on him when leaving him outside alone for the first days until he gets used to the new routine. Five hours isn’t a long time, but maybe you’ll be able to stop by at lunchtime or could send someone over to see if he’s doing okay, just to be sure.

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Your Questions About Dog Kennels And Runs

10:04 am
posted by Martin Boyle

Helen asks…

Running a dog kennel…types of dog kennels?

I got this book like 3 years ago called “Kennels and Kenneling: a guide for professionals and hobbyists.”

I don’t even know why I bought the book ha-ha I live in the suburbs but whatever. It actually seems like something I would love! There’s  ideas for kennel plans with large fenced training runs, it says what materials are best…its really interesting to me! What are some possible dog kenneling ideas other than a reputable breeder and a boarding kennel?

Martin Boyle answers:

Day care facilities — more of them now than before so there’s more competition, but one with land and outdoor runs would trump the majority that don’t have those facilities and dogs end up eliminating indoors, which is problematic to training.

I would caution you that it’s not a recession/depression proof business and if you’re interested in this you should supplement it with other services driven boutiques if you have the space, like grooming and training.

Laura asks…

Dog Kennels??? Please answer!!!!?


I’m 17 I’ve left school to follow my dream of working with dogs! (I am doing an evening course on animal welfare though)
I’m planning on setting up a boarding kennels and I need your opinion on my ideas.

I plan to have wire dog runs with dog kennels outside for the dogs during the day and wire crates inside a shed for them to sleep in at night. They will get 2 walks per day and about an hour to run around in the garden. I’m going to clean out the crates, kennels and runs and disinfect them once a day, and sterilize all the food and water bowls every day.

Does this sound OK to you??

Also can you suggest any names for my kennels??

Martin Boyle answers:

Hi , the best thing you can do is work in your local kennels for several months to see how they are run. Dog runs and kennels in the summer would be fine, providing they are big enough but you have got to consider the winter months. The best run kennels have indoor facilities and heating. You will have to have insurance, Health & Safety inspections, what about Public Liability Insurance (in case for example dogs get into a fight with each other, even accidentally, or bite a handler you would be liable). I know this all sounds very complicated but running an uninsured kennels or somewhere where you are charging without a Health & Safety Inspection would be madness. Actually Health & Safety are extremely helpful with their advice but you must comply with the Law which is very strict where animal welfare is concerned.

I would also suggest doing a Business Course. You will need, not only to deal with the above and all the paperwork concerned but if you hire help and if you are successful and build up the number of dogs you will have to run it as a business.

How about putting an advert in your local shop as a dog walker for a start while you are studying your Animal Welfare Course, Business Studies Course and helping out in kennels. Sorry if this all sounds like extremely hard work but it is.

Do not even consider a name until you have worked out your strategy. After a lot of hard work and study it will come to you should you succeed. Good luck.

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Your Questions About Garden Sheds

9:51 am
posted by Martin Boyle

Mandy asks…

What is the term for someone obsessed with garden sheds?

Shedaholic comes to mind, but there must be a real term for it, not a word I just made up. :o)

Martin Boyle answers:


Sandy asks…

What are the little huts next to the railways in Germany called. They look like garden sheds?

When traveling on the train recently I noticed little clusters of these huts and wondered what they were called.

Martin Boyle answers:

They are called schrebergarten
Here is a very interesting article on them from a reputable German magazine:,1518,410799,00.html
Germany’s Garden Ghettos

Germans are wild about gardening. So wild, in fact, that they rent out little plots on the edge of cities so they can dig around in the dirt on weekends. Welcome to the small world of the Schrebergarten.

A man, his garden gnome and a 9-page-thick law dictating just how his garden should be kept.
You’re zipping along in an ICE high-speed train heading from one World Cup host city to the next, munching happily away on your fat-drenched mini-sausages fresh out of the dining car microwave. Just as you’re wiping the last blob of mustard from the corner of your mouth, a garbled announcement indicating an approaching stop warbles through the loudspeaker. A lazy glance out the window, though, comes as a shock. Rather than the well-ordered suburbs or well-kept factories you have come to expect, the image is more that of a luxury version of a South Asian slum — miniature houses tucked in next to the train tracks as far as the eye can see.

It’s a sight that greets visitors on the approach to almost every city in Germany — and the tiny little structures are not, of course, slums. A second glance reveals that, beyond the clutter of ladders and rakes leaning against the back of the structures, neatly ordered flowerbeds, well-tended fruit trees and picture-perfect picket fences are lined up like regiments of tin soldiers. The phenomenon is known as a Schrebergarten — an area outside the city where the gardening-obsessed Germans can rent out a small plot and plunge their fingers into the soil.

But while getting back to nature is an instinct many of us indulge in, the German gardener takes it very seriously indeed. Flawlessly clipped lawns, neatly sculpted bushes, and flowerbeds entirely free of even the tiniest weed are the norm with many gardens revealing a feng shui exactness that would put a Japanese bonsai master to shame. Other vegetation virtuosos prefer a more playful perfection and opt for a liberal distribution of garden gnomes and plastic windmills with cheap replicas of Greek fountains and other water features a must for those with a bit of cash to burn.

What looks like a slice of outdoor freedom — or free-form nature kitsch — though, is actually far from it. In 1983, the German government passed the Bundeskleingartengesetz (“Federal Small Garden Law”), which regulates just how big a small garden is allowed to be and includes nine further pages describing, in German legaleze, every other aspect of what the “Schreber-gardener” is faced with. In addition, each colony has a formal leadership structure and a book of rules that regulates everything from the exact dimensions, color and style of the shack to when one is allowed to mow the lawn or use other noisy gardening machinery. Unkempt gardens are also frowned upon.

The Schrebergarten phenomenon is not a new one. Dr. Daniel Gottlieb Moritz Schreber, a 19th century naturopath, wanted to create more athletic fields for the children in his home city of Leipzig. He died in 1861 before the plan could be realized, but his son-in-law got the ball rolling in 1864 and before long, small vegetable plots were planted in the fields as well to teach the children the basics of gardening. The idea quickly took off. But it was during World War I and World War II that the gardens rapidly rose in importance as sources of otherwise hard-to-get fresh fruit and vegetables. Furthermore, after World War II ended, a lack of housing across the country resulted in the common practice of erecting small structures on the plots so that families could find shelter.

The result today are thousands of garden colonies on the outskirts of big cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland that look more like miniature housing developments than peaceful nature retreats. For the most part, the colonies are no longer residential, but in the summertime, they are packed with families enjoying the sunshine, crammed onto their tiny plots grilling, eating and relaxing. A perfectly idyllic scene on the shores of Walden Pond — at least until the next ICE rockets by.

Another one here:,2180,1976585_gid_1941431_lang_2_page_1,00.html

Germans are famous for their love of “die Natur” — the great outdoors. Sadly, not everyone is lucky enough to have the Black Forest or the Bavarian Alps on their doorstep, but in the mid-19th century, Dr Daniel Schreber from Leipzig came up with the next best thing — the urban allotment. These became known, in his honor, as “Schrebergarten” and garden colonies are now an integral feature of the German urban experience. Ranging from lush to threadbare, these touching testimonies to a nation’s need for alfresco life are microcosms of German society, characterized largely by a strict adherence to certain rules that seems strangely at odds with the underlying principle — escape from the stresses and strains of city life. Traditionally populated by green-fingered senior citizens, “Schrebergarten” are now becoming increasingly popular with a younger generation of urbanites looking to get in touch with their inner agriculturalist. Admittedly, allotments tend to be more about garden gnomes than untrammeled nature — but either way, the country’s cities would be far duller without them.

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