Lawn and Garden: Why Outdoor Kennels may ultimately be the best way to share the yard with your dog

When it comes to dog own ownership, there are many considerations to make when boarding your dog. Installing a fence, crate training and investing in an outdoor kennel for canine companions are some of the most common choices that pet owners make when adjusting their home to be dog friendly.

The inherent truth about owning a dog is that the beauty of your home is at risk from dog droppings, hole digging and chewed up furniture. The concern of a blighted lawn and garden can even shy away some homeowners from bringing home a loveable pooch.

Considering the extra time, effort, and money many gardeners put into their lawn and garden, such a concern is understandable, however unwarranted. There are a wide variety of well-designed outdoor kennels that are diverse enough to match just about any of your canine shelter needs. Recently we reviewed the craftsmanship and quality of some of the most popular kennels on the market.

Shopping For Kennels

Whether you are an elite gardener or the king of the lawn, you may be skeptical about placing a large dog cage in your backyard, however, when you consider the benefits of having your dog do its digging and potty business in its own den, rather than destroy your entire lawn the advantages seem clear.

Most kennels share a relatively simple design that can allow for easy light installation. Check out some of the most popular options below:

  • MidWest Small Dog Kennel: If you are looking for a non-permanent den to put your dog in, then you need to see this affordable option from MidWest. The portable four-foot high dog den is made from high quality steel and can be set up in minutes with basic hand tools. Plus, MidWest is offering a FREE sunscreen cover for dog owners that are worried about leaving their dogs in the sun. The best thing about this kennel, though, is that it is small enough to bring anywhere.

  • UpTown Dog Kennel: The idea of all dog kennels is to keep your dog sheltered while keeping your yard beautiful and safe from mischievous paws. However, there is a dog kennel that actually adds to the loveliness of your yard. The new UpTown dog kennel is made from a powder coated steel frame and requires no tools to install. The 4x4x6 is put together with easy-to-install wing nuts that make assembly a cinch. Once it's up, homeowners will appreciate the craftsmanship of the powder coated kennel.

While a fence around the backyard offers safety and security, it does not protect your lawn from Fido, nor does it protect your wallet from taking a big wallop. Outdoor kennels provide a more affordable alternative to constructing a fence and also provides peace of mind for your up and coming garden.

No matter the aesthetic concerns regarding you and your pet's new kennel, keep in mind just how much the two of you stand to benefit from its use. Also, remember that a simple change to your yard with a kennel can provide your dog a cozy new den for him to enjoy while you and your family can enjoy a mess-free yard.

Aside from installing a fence in your yard, the only other option to keep Fido restrained and out of trouble is to consider tethering. Sadly, this is one of the most inhumane things that dog owners can do to their animals.

According to the American Humane Society, tethering dogs has been labeled inhumane by the bulk of veterinarians and dog experts. Many cases have been found of dog's necks being covered in sores and raw from the result of their constant attempts to remove the collar. Tethering an animal to stay on a leash for multiple hours can hurt your dog's body and scar them emotionally, too.

"Our experience in enforcing the Animal Welfare Act has led us to conclude that continuous confinement of dogs by a tether is inhumane. A tether significantly restricts a dog's movement. A tether can also become tangled around or hooked on the dog's shelter structure or other objects, further restricting the dog's movement and potentially causing injury," says the Humane Society.

So, if you are looking for the best compromise between tethering, a dog fence and a doghouse, consider the affordability, easy-to-install and humane benefits of using a kennel. As den animals, dogs will appreciate a cozy atmosphere that they can call home outside. Plus, you can stop worrying about your pooch messing up your yard when they're outside.

By Sean Bowes
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