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Our kennels attach to the back of the run by slotting down on to a couple of 16mm steel pins – we match drill a couple of corresponding holes in the under strut of the kennel and the pins slot into those holes locking the run securely in place.
Yes the kennels are easily removed. In fact if you are heading away for the weekend with the pooch simply whip the kennel off the back of the run, chuck it on the back of your truck and you have the dogs weekend accommodation sorted!
No we do not add insulation to the kennels – you have to be very careful with insulation around dogs, some are very toxic to them. Plywood itself is a great insulator, it traps and bounces the heat around the box. We believe getting the kennel size right is far more important. If you make a kennel too large or with too big a door into it the dogs body heat isn’t enough to heat the space. Unlike people, dogs prefer and feel safer in a small snuggly space. If they are too hot they will lie out in the cage instead.
UPDATE: We recently conducted an experiment with insulation. We fully insulated two of our kennels all over including under the floors, homed two of our own dogs in them, right along side another two dogs in our standard type kennels – then for a three month period over the cold months, every day before I let them off I tested the temperature differences between the four dogs boxes with a point and shoot thermometer. The results – on average the insulated kennels varied from zero to 0.5 degrees warmer than the non insulated ones.
Our conclusion – insulation was a waste of time and added expense to the kennel. Yes I’m quite sure insulation will help if the kennel is badly made with big doors and gaps in the timber work and cladding but it made almost no difference at all to our standard kennels. We find the kind of bedding you use plays a far greater part in keeping the dog warm.
Yes there is a wee cost difference. A raised single dog run is $30 extra. A raised multiple (ie: a double, triple or quad) is an extra $50 incl gst for the extra bit of pipe and work involved in the fabrication. Well worth it though, make setting up the motel at home a breeze.
No. You can choice either mesh all round the cage or mesh panels with a corrugated zinc roof over the top for the same price!
A roof over the run is a good option if the motel is going to be situated in a spot that doesn’t have any other shade (eg: trees)
Our standard size kennel is perfect for a medium to large working dog (huntaway) sized dog. We can custom size kennels to your dog, often just changing the door size and entry height can be a big help.
No. We’ve looked into this, spoken to a Outdoor timber specialist and the answer is that for your Dog to get enough toxins in him/her to be you to start to worry about, they would need to eat their entire kennel, the floor of the kennel and for desert, the run floor – we’d like to think you would notice something was going on before then!! 🙄