Most dogs love exercising and running around in the wild. However, living in urban areas and living a busy life doesn’t allow us to be with our canines in nature 24/7. But our pups have a hard time under that they can’t spin around the neighborhood without a leash on. But, there is a solution! If you want your dog to have the freedom to run around and play outside, without the need of constant supervision, consider adding to your backyard a dog run.
Dog runs will provide our dogs with the best of both worlds: the freedom to run and play outside, but also a good amount of protection. Dogs love to be outside. That’s where they do their business, dig holes for who knows what reason sniff around, take naps, and basically — just live their best lives.
How to build a backyard dog run?
If you are not feeling crafty at all, you can always buy a dog run in your local pet store or order one from Amazon.
However, if you do have the free time, why not make it into a fun outdoor project. You can involve all of your family members and have a great time while doing something good for your dog. It can be a great way for you and your family or friends to get together and learn a new skill.
But if you are more of a “do it all by myself” type of person, know that it won’t be any problem at all to build it yourself too.
Find the right spot
Lets start off with the basic. First of all, you need to find the right spot for the dog run in your backyard. Make sure that the spot is at least partially in the shade. That is especially important during hot summer months when you don’t want your dog to get a heatstroke. Another important thing to consider is that there aren’t any poisonous plants or flowers near the spot. So you don’t have to worry that your dog may eat them. Ideally, the place would also be overlooked by a window, so you can lay your eyes on him playing without leaving the house.
Clean the chosen area
Once you chose the right spot, measure the space and clean the area. The size of the needed area depends on the size of your dog. Bigger dogs will need more room to play and run around. While smaller dogs will be fine with a smaller play area. The shape of the dog run depends on your backyard. They can either be square shaped or long. Try to figure out which shape and size would work best for both you and your dog.
Putting a fence
Once you decided on how the dog run will look, it’s time to build a fence in your backyard. If you think that your dog would be able to clear the fence, consider putting a top on the run.
Now it’s time to take a digger or a shovel and dig the holes for your fence posts. If you are using a standard 5 feet tall fence, the dig 18 inches to 2 feet deep holes. When the holes are dug, put the posts in them and place concrete around them if you need some extra support.
Finally, add the fence by running chain-link fencing from one post to another and then hang the gate. Make sure that your dog absolutely cannot open the gate himself. Triple check it and don’t just assume that it isn’t going to happen.
If your dog is a digger, like most dogs are (if you want to stop this, read our article ‘How To Stop A Dog From Digging?’) you can either bury the bottom of the chain link fence at least eighteen inches or you can also lay some chicken wire along the perimeter line of the fence. That way your dog won’t be able to dig bellow the fence. You can also line the edge of your fence with bricks or huge stones to weigh down the chicken wire.
The backyard dog run is done! What now?
Now that the dog run is finished, make sure your dog has everything he needs. That includes fresh water, food and his favorite toys. Now he can finally play around without your need to constantly supervise him.