An outside dog kennel should have items that help keep dogs comfortable, happy, and healthy, such as bedding material, toys, bowl feeders, and fresh, clean water.
Bedding for an outside dog kennel
Both puppies and adult dogs appreciate having comfortable bedding material in their kennels. However, it’s never a good idea to use old blankets, sheets, or towels in an outside kennel. Dogs (especially young puppies) may chew on these materials, ingest them, and develop a life-threatening gastrointestinal blockage that may require surgery.
Instead, look for a specially designed dog bed. There are some options available that are specifically engineered to also serve as crate mats. Some of these can help drain urine in case of accidents. The dog bed you select for the exterior kennel should be both durable and comfortable, as well as appropriately sized for the dog. Although the bedding you choose should be warm and insulating, note that you should never leave a dog outside during inclement weather.
Choosing toys for an outside dog kennel
Puppies and adult dogs can both benefit from the mental stimulation of playing with toys. It’s best to avoid leaving plush, soft toys in the outside dog kennel. The dog may chew these up and ingest pieces of them, potentially causing a bowel blockage. Instead, look for durable toys marketed as indestructible.
Providing fresh water in an outside dog kennel
All dogs need access to clean, fresh water. However, if you’re using the outside dog kennel for crate training purposes for a puppy, and if the puppy will only be in the kennel for short periods of time, you do not need to place water inside it. This is only likely to increase the likelihood of accidents. Do place water in the kennel if the dog will be in there for a longer period of time or if the weather is warm. Note that you should never leave a dog outside during very hot weather as heatstroke is likely.
Find high-quality dog kennels and accessories at Direct Animal
Direct Animal designs high-quality inside and outside dog kennels and accessories, including rotating food and water bowls that clamp to the door of the kennel for zero spills. Our friendly associates will be happy to help you design kennel configurations that work best for your doggy daycare, boarding facility, or veterinary clinic. Call us for more information.