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5 Tips for Building a Dog Run

Dog runs and fences

A dog run is a fenced-off area on your property that provides a safe and comfortable space for your pooch to enjoy the outdoors. If you want to design an enclosure for your pet, there are many factors you’ll need to consider. What material will you use? How large will it be? Where will you put it? Here are some tips for building a high-quality dog run.

1. Choose the right materials

Chain-link fencing is durable and sturdy. It’s an excellent choice for building your dog run. You’ll also need to decide on a material for the ground. Using grass is affordable, but it can be messy and will likely need to be replaced frequently. Consider using concrete or gravel instead.

2. Determine the appropriate size

To keep your pup active, you should build an enclosure that’s large enough for them to move around. Keep in mind that large dogs require large runs. While the size will depend on the space you have available, ideally, it should be five times as long and twice as wide as your dog and approximately three to eight feet tall. It can be square or modular to best fit your property.

3. Select the right location

Choose an area that has good drainage and plenty of shade. If your property doesn’t have much shade, you can create some by adding a roof or building a dog house to provide a place for your pup to hide from the sun.

4. Add convenient features

It’s important to keep your pets well hydrated while they’re outside. You can add an automatic water bowl that connects to an outside faucet to provide continuous access to fresh water. You should also add some toys to keep your pup entertained. Finally, you can transform your dog run by building an obstacle course or adding accessories like rocks and plants.

5. Purchase a portable dog run

If you don’t have a lot of experience building enclosures, you can purchase a pre-fabricated portable dog run. These come in different sizes and they’re both fast and easy to install.

DIY Dog Runs in Alberta

Duraguard Fence Ltd. offers portable and custom-built dog runs for commercial and residential property owners. If you’re looking for non-standard panels, simply provide us with your measurements and we’d be happy to design and manufacture a custom dog run just for you. Contact us today to request a free estimate.


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