If your dog lives outdoor, the very first step to make sure good health is to provide good housing facilities. A well-ventilated, dry, clean but draught free kennel for your dog, with comfy bedding, is vital. It should be made of weather-resistant materials, preferably with adequate insulating features to allow the kennel to be warm in winter and cool in summer. The entrance of the kennel must be facing away from the prevailing blustery weather. The dog must be able to get under shade, possibly from a tree or wall, on a sunny, hot day. A water bowl for the dog should be kept filled on daily basis, and must be regarded as part of the dog kenneling set up.
A perfect adjustment is to have an enclosed yard, which should be fenced well enough to prevent your pet jigging or digging its way out. Bear in mind, it has all the time in the world on its run away plans! Conventional dog kennels generally need the pet to be chained up. A rope is not secure, certainly, as it is convenient for a pet to chew through. A frequent arrangement is for the chain to be connected to a wire that allows the pet to move along a run. It is advantageous both for hygiene and exercise. The water bowl is possibly to be tipped over when the doggie is over a chain, unless it is cautiously put or heavily weighted.
A substitute is integrated dog kennels and encircled wire netting run, with parted access from the back for you to clean the kennel. Hygiene will be backed if there is lifted slatted wood flooring under the run. The doggie doesn’t have to be chained up while it is encircled in this way, and can be more easily secured against thievery if it is a precious dog. A water bowl can be fixed to the side of the run, or even piped in a continuous water supply. If the unit is lifted over a solid base it is very simple to hose down under the run with the intention of maintaining hygiene in the area. Many such units can be joined together in case you own several dogs. This arrangement makes it very easy to manage a bitch on heat and to safe a mess of pups. If you have many male breeding pups you may need to have better division between than only a netting barrier, with the intention of preventing damage from fighting.
A temporary roofing iron sheet, for instance, inserted amid their runs all through the period of breeding may suffice, if a permanent rock-solid wall is not installed or division is not practical. Another dog dwelling variation is a warm dog box put inside another building, such as a garage or storage shed. If the house is safe there is little requirement for chaining the dog. As it is within, there is lesser requirement for the dog box to be constructed of weather-resistant materials. Proper attention to how your house your dog will pay dividends in good health, security and cleanliness.