How to Build a Dog Run

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A fenced-in yard is ideal for your dog but isn't always possible. Build a dog run to give your pet a place for exercise, fresh air and exploration. A dog run can be a simple rope arrangement or a free-standing enclosure, depending on space and budget.

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Things you need

  • For enclosed run: chain-link fence sections or fencing with posts
  • Cable (for cable run)
  • Pulley (for cable run)
  • Tether (for cable run)
  • Trolley stop (for cable run)

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  1. 1

    Measure your dog. The results guide the size and length of dog run you build.

  2. 2

    Examine the space available for the dog run. This helps determine the kind of run to build. You can use a portion of the yard and still have lots of room left over for non-dog space.

  3. 3

    Construct a simple run by stringing a cable between two endpoints such as a tree or post that allows your dog to get a good fast run in between them. Place a pulley on the cable, and attach the tether.

  4. 4

    Use fencing to make an enclosure for another kind of run. There are dog run kits to fit any size dog that come with the right chain-link and posts. You can dismantle the enclosures, if necessary.

  5. 5

    Build your own permanent enclosure by sinking posts firmly into the ground and stretching chain-link fence between them. Build a space that is at least twice as wide as the dog and five times longer than the dog.

  6. 6

    Create a shady spot. Use an old awning, tarpaulin or old beach umbrella so your dog can lie out of the sun. A doghouse also provides shade.

Tips and warnings

  • Use trolley stops on a cable run to keep the dog away from hazards. For instance, you don't want the dog to get caught wrapping the tether around a tree; use a trolley trop to keep him from coming too close.
  • Don't forget water for inside the run.
  • Make sure fencing is high enough that your dog cannot jump out. Many canines can actually climb fences.
  • Choose chain link that is small enough so paws don't get caught, but large enough to give your dog a nice view of the outside.
  • Always make sure the space is big enough for your dog to exercise. The goal is to make this a great place for your pet.
  • A dog run is not a substitute for attention, walks or the other pet care basics.

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