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Contributors to this thread:
Coyote 65 04-Aug-22
wyobullshooter 04-Aug-22
petedrummond 04-Aug-22
RonP 04-Aug-22
rooster 04-Aug-22
milnrick 04-Aug-22
midwest 04-Aug-22
x-man 04-Aug-22
Mule Power 04-Aug-22
KSflatlander 04-Aug-22
buckeye 04-Aug-22
x-man 04-Aug-22
Bowfreak 04-Aug-22
midwest 04-Aug-22
Wildan2 06-Aug-22
Scar Finga 10-Aug-22
x-man 11-Aug-22
jjs 11-Aug-22
Scar Finga 11-Aug-22
x-man 11-Aug-22
LBshooter 11-Aug-22
Aspen Ghost 12-Aug-22
From: Coyote 65
04-Aug-22
Just got a rescue dog from the local shelter. Need a kennel as we don't want to leave him in the house all the time. Don't want to install a fence around our half acre lot.

Looking at the offerings from Home Depot, Tractor Supply, Amazon and even the highly rated ones have reviews show holes where the dogs "ate" their way out and escaped. Dog is big, supposed to be a great dane/lab mix. And as we know nothing about his history, destructive nature, I would like to get something he couldn't destroy/escape.

So any one have any suggestions on brands that are good.

Terry

04-Aug-22
Back in the day I used a chain link dog run that sat on a concrete pad I had poured. About as indestructible and escape-proof as you can get.

From: petedrummond
04-Aug-22
Chain link concrete. As long as you do not put a bitch in heat in the kennel you are good to go with what wyoming said.

From: RonP
04-Aug-22
x3 on the chain link. i have a few dogs and their kennel/run is quite large. i had a local fence company install it. if the dog is big and a jumper, i would suggest a 5 or 6 foot high fence.

a concrete pad is best but not necessary. mine is gravel. if the dog is a digger and the pad is not concrete, you can bury their poop around the perimeter to keep them from digging.

don't forget shade and a pen for the dog to get out of the weather.

thanks for adopting man's best friend.

From: rooster
04-Aug-22
Add me to the chain link and concrete club. I had the enclosure against a lean to off my garage. Had a kennel inside and the run outside. I will say that my 55lb Lab could climb the 6 foot fence when she really wanted out.

From: milnrick
04-Aug-22
We've bought the Retriever 10x5x6 welded wire kennel with the canvas roof module for our lab. It's well built and has stood up to the weather. The roof helps keep her cool and dry.

Ours is on a concrete slab, but pavers will work as well in place of the slab (and will mitigate the pooch from tunneling out.

From: midwest
04-Aug-22
Invisible fence. Relatively cheap, unobtrusive, works 100% on our lab and min pin.

From: x-man
04-Aug-22
Framed chain-link, concrete w/wood pallet & pad to lay on, canopy for shade. The concrete helps keep their nails sanded down so you won't have to clip them.

From: Mule Power
04-Aug-22
Chain link is fine. Put some fence along the ground at the base of all of the kennel walls. That’s where they dig. Cover it with some type of stone. 2B limestone works but river rock is smoother.

From: KSflatlander
04-Aug-22
Good on you for getting a rescue.

Midwest X2

Why rescue from a cage to put in a cage. Not judging. I just don’t get it. Sorry in advance…dogs and kids are my soft spot.

From: buckeye
04-Aug-22

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Easy as it gets and works very well

From: x-man
04-Aug-22
FWIW I have both the kennel and the hidden fence.

Labs don't feel pain like most other dogs... mine broke through the fence one day chasing something??? Once he found out that it quits shocking him past a certain point, it never contained him again. We would watch out the window as he gathered his courage. Then he would bolt, yelping for about five seconds until he got out of range. They work well until they don't.

From: Bowfreak
04-Aug-22

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We got this dog from the pound. She learned an underground fence in a day or two. She was less than a year old when we got her.

From: midwest
04-Aug-22
Our underground fence has been flawless for over 4 years now. We don't even put the collars on them anymore unless we're going away for the day. My experience.

Don't get a cheap one. Bowsite isn't letting me upload a link right now but ours is the eXtreme Dog Fence System.

From: Wildan2
06-Aug-22
Invisible fences don't keep "other" critters out;build a proper kennel with a roof,for shade and to keep them in.Our pointers would climb a seven foot fence.We used concrete paving blocks for a floor.

From: Scar Finga
10-Aug-22
A lot of great suggestions above! In my opinion for a dog that size, a 12x12 kennel would be good. I would do a 6' chain-link fence with a sunshade over half of it. But the dog needs a real shelter if it's going to be outside in bad weather! The igloo type dog shelters are good, but not perfect. You can build one pretty easy, but you want a 90-degree corner/ wall at the entrance so the rain and or snow can't blow directly into the kennel. Don't make it too big, it needs to be kind of snug for the dog to stay warm. They like to curl up in a ball when it's cold, but they should be able to stand up and turn around without a struggle! I built mine with a roof that tilts open to clean. you can put old blankets and towels in it for bedding or go with cedar chips. just be sure to treat it for fleas and ticks and wash the blankets and towels once a week or so. Google outdoor kennels for dogs and be selective on what you decide you need! A lot of the bird dog type kennels are really good if your dog is going to spend a lot of time in the kennel. Concrete is always better than rock or gravel because you can spray bleach on it to clean it. And always have fresh clean water available.

From: x-man
11-Aug-22
That dog will never get cold in Arizona.

From: jjs
11-Aug-22
Electric dog fence my lil English cocker will blow right through it after a rabbit, chain link is hard to beat.

From: Scar Finga
11-Aug-22
X-Man

You would be surprised! Not Minnesota cold... but cold

From: x-man
11-Aug-22
If it's not below zero, your dog will be fine... especially a Lab cross. Don't name the dog Karen and it'll be fine.

From: LBshooter
11-Aug-22
Forget the electric fence , they work up until the fog busts through once and then useless. Chain link fencing or check craigslist for a actual dog kennel. Dane and lab means a very nice friendly dog. Good luck with it.

From: Aspen Ghost
12-Aug-22
I had a lab that could unwind a chain link fence from the bottom up. He also could climb over a 6 foot chain link fence after I wire tied the bottom chain link.

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