Crates Kennels for Inside and Outside

Hello everyone, Today’s topic is going to be doggie crates and kennels for inside and outside. Outside kennels can also be large enough to include a run for your furry friend so let’s get into these, shall we.

Small Breed Dogs – Crate
Metal Kennel – Medium to Extra Large Breeds

Crates and Kennels

Crates and Kennels can be so useful when you have a doggie or a puppy for many reasons. I would like to take this opportunity to give you some of my opinions on these.

Crates are for smaller breed dogs such as teacup sizes, toys, and miniatures and can be used in many different ways.

With the smaller breed dogs, they are wonderful to have for transporting them to the vet’s office for an appointment but they can also serve as a safe haven at home.

If you want to use a crate for your fur baby whether transporting them or whatever the best thing to do is start using it immediately upon bringing your new fur friend home.

This will help them get used to being in the crate and not just reference being put in it to go to the vet’s office causing not only you aggravation in trying to get them into the crate but them anxiety every time you get the crate out.

I suggest you get them a nice comfy bed and put it in the crate for them then put the crate in a nice out-of-the-way location so they have a safe haven to hide in. Your little fur friend will appreciate this when company comes to call.

Big dog Clothing- small dog clothingWith medium to large or extra large breed dogs then you are looking at a kennel usually made from metal not so attractive as the small crate ones.

These are usually used for helping to train your new fur friend along with giving them their own safe place to make it welcoming for them. Using pet beds and comforters for they to lay on can always entice them into the kennel.

People who work and need crates or kennels for their animals while away find that making them much more comfortable for their dogs come home to happy fur babies.

Some will use the kennel or crate to punish their dogs, please do not do this then your poor baby will equate the crate or kennel with punishment and not find it pleasant to be in.

All dogs need their own space and it is up to you to provide them with a safe haven of their own.

Inside Outside Kennels

I am not a person to keep my doggies outside at all whether in a nice kennel or not they were not brought into my care as outside animals.

Inside kennels are what I have and use when needed, but my dogs use them as they want to take naps or just get away from the commotion that might be going on.

Outside Kennels are nice if you live in town so that your dog or puppy has a safe place to go outside and play or just lay in the sunshine on a nice day.  ( Make sure there is shade for them to get out of the sun too much is not good for them )

These can also be constructed to give your fur friend plenty of space for exercise with toys to chase around and play with similar to having their own small yard.

Outside Kennels can also have runs built out from them making it nice for your dog to have an inside/outside experience the inside is usually typically somewhat of a dog type house with a narrow but long fenced in area attached and they can come in and out as they please.

Outside Kennels are more expensive than a smaller inside kennel but well worth the investment keeping your pet safe from harm with traffic, other animals, even other people who can intend to do them harm.

You can build yourself some very nice outside kennels depending on what you want and your abilities for building all the materials you would need could be found at home improvement stores. Plans for them can be found online and I have listed a few places for you

Why Use Crates / Kennels

Some people would find this cruel to crate or put your pet in a kennel but you are not doing this just for you but your animal’s needs are important they need a place to call theirs just like humans need a place to call home their crate/kennel is their house/home.

Funny I put this in here when I am going out and put mine in their kennels I tell them to go to in their house mom is going to the store and will be back shortly and they go running in.

Like I said do not use them for punishment if you do your fur baby is just going to resent being in their own space so you ended up creating this welcome spot for nothing.

Crates/Kennels keep your fur baby safe while your not at home particularly if they like getting into things they should not be into that could harm them. (Like possibly chewing electrical cords.)

For safety reasons and others, there are plenty of reasons to use crates/kennels for your pets just not punishment.


Custom Crates/Kennels

Today people can find so many options in crates and kennels for pets including building some themselves so why not look around and do some research before investing in one of the usual typical ones you can buy either online or in a store.

Just, for instance, I have seen some custom-built kennels that are end tables for in the living room of your home that are so nice but very functional for your smaller dog breeds to have a cute safe haven bed all their own.


Others for the larger breed dogs are similar to buffet tables one can use in their dining rooms with the kennel built underneath with plenty of room and space. These usually open from one end or the other so you would need to have access to the end, but not always so check some out.

Old-fashioned television consoles are being used to create sweet space for small breed dogs and people have gone as far as decorating them with hanging pictures on the walls for their pets.

In Closing

So that is just some of my findings for crates and kennels for inside your home or outside, what are some of your ideas and thoughts for uses in building your own design?

I sure would appreciate hearing from all of you if you have built one or are planning to build your very own design. Leave them for me in the space provided below.

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Should I Get One Dog or Two Dogs

Today we are going to discuss having just one dog or possibly getting two dogs and some of the reasons that two dogs can be better than just having one dog.


Dog Mother for Many Years

I have had dogs for as long as I can remember actually there was never more than possibly a year that I went without having a dog in my life.

For myself, they are companionship, loyal, loving, and non-judgemental friends who I can tell whatever I want knowing it will never ever be repeated they keep secrets quite well (smiling).

Having dogs is really very much the same as having children (without getting pregnant and having to carry them for 9 months) as puppies they require constant care and love.

In my honest opinion, having more than one dog has its advantages and disadvantages so this is going to be a difficult one for sure.

At one time I had seven full-grown dogs with two litters of puppies at the same time – this proved to be way too much work and I swore that would never happen again. (Which I made sure of!)

Having this many dogs was not so much the feeding, grooming, and taking care of them because they were great dogs and learned their hierarchy as time goes on. (Labradors in case you are wondering.)

A nice thing about having more than one dog is they manage to occupy each other always having someone to play with and amuse themselves.

They keep each other company when you are away either keeping them out of trouble around the house or possibly more than one helping the other get into trouble.

This does lead to confusion upon returning home knowing which one of your cute little darlings was the culprit or started the whole thing.

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One Dog or Two Dogs

Question still is one dog or two dogs right? If you are getting a dog for the very first time in your life one dog is going to serve you very well starting out.

With experience comes the knowledge that just having one fur baby is great and adding to your family very rewarding.

After having your new fur baby for a year or so then you might decide that he/she could use a brother/sister if this is the case do research prior to getting yourself another due to some doggies just do not like other breeds.

This can apply to same breed dogs as well, so making sure you have a compatible pair is very important to keep peace and harmony within your household.

Prior to bringing the new arrival home having met and greets are the best way to introduce your old fur baby to the new fur baby. Possibly at a doggie park or take them for walks together letting them get to know one another.

Doing this will let you see if they get along well by how they interact; the best possible place is always the park, where they can run and play together rather than just walking alongside each other.

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Bringing the New Fur Baby Home

Things have worked well on the meet and greet and you are sure this is the new fur baby you want to add to your growing family.

When you bring the new baby home make sure it respects the one who was there before it. Do not show the newer puppy or dog more love and attention than the one you have held dear for the past year or longer.

This can cause anxiety with your older doggie causing behavior problems or worse causing resentment and then they will not get along so well.

Make sure to have supplies in place for the new arrival and treat your older baby to new stuff too! Dogs have feelings and brains do not for one second think they do not notice the new toys or bed.

Treat your wonderful friends exactly the same and adjustments will come quickly they will decide who is going to be the boss of the house in their own way.


Space Required

This is another thing you must always consider when getting a puppy/dog how much space do you have and how much space does the dog/doggies require once they are grown.

Small dogs full-grown do not require the space of medium or larger dogs so living in an apartment you would not want a Great Dane or Mastiff.

Small dogs are great apartment dwellers and having more than one is not a big deal in the smaller spaces either because they do not require so much space.

Make sure they have a place out of the way for their bed and comfort zone so when company comes they can retreat away from all the noise and commotion.  (Most little dogs like the quiet comforts.)

If you own you own a home and have a decent size yard (preferable fenced in/or purchased an outdoor kennel) then medium to large dogs might be ones you would consider.

Medium and large dogs need more space and are more suited to people who have a house and yard for them to move around.

The same applies for them however they do require a space in the house that belongs to them out of the way where they can retreat when they feel they need their own space.

In other posts, you will find many other suggestions and helpful information for sizes of doggies and requirements for what they need.

But if you learned here today that having one dog to start with is plenty and as time goes on adding to your family just like having children means the more the merrier is what I have always found 🙂


In Closing

What ever you decide one dog or two dogs just make sure to research the breeds, sizes, and dispositions of them all before making a commitment you may regret.

People who think oh that little puppy is the most adorable find that when it is full-grown now weighs in at 150 pounds and is so large but wants to be your lap dog.  Things do not work out and the poor babies end up at a shelter.

I must be honest here if I could have 50 doggies I would and the breed does not matter or the size I love them all!!

But for you, this is an important life-changing decision if you have never had one dog and you are thinking of going two dogs starting out.  Just think of it this way twins as in having children.

Thanks for coming by and having a read on One Dog or Two Dogs hopefully we have influenced your decision in some way.

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