How to Build a Dog Kennel in My Basement

Updated April 17, 2017

Dogs need room to run and play. Even if they aren't outside dogs their owners should provide them with a kennel and a run. Designing an indoor kennel and run is not difficult, provided you have enough space. A basement that is not in use would be ideal for this project.

Choose an open space in your basement that will be out of the way and is protected from cold drafts. Measure a space about 6 feet out from a wall and mark it. Measure along the wall to a corner if there is room and mark that. The kennel should be at least 10 feet long.

Lay a border from one end of your proposed kennel area to the other. Choose the material based on the type of dog you have. For a large, aggressive dog, consider chain link material, available at a home improvement store. For a smaller, less active dog, plastic fence sections will suffice. Make the kennel fencing high enough so that your dog can't jump over it.

Create an opening at one end of the kennel for a gate allowing access for you and your dog. The opening must give you room to enter the kennel to clean.

Attach the gate by putting hinges on one side and a latch on the other. Install the gate and put the latch receptacle on the other side. Test to make sure the gate is sturdy enough should your dog attempt to push against it.

Make your dog's kennel his home. Place his bedding, favourite toys and food and water inside the kennel. If you have a dog crate, place that inside as well, near the corner so the dog will have a place to feel safe and protected within the kennel. Take the dog to his new kennel for brief periods initially to get him accustomed to his new home.


A drain near the kennel will enable you to speed up the kennel cleaning.


Refrain from punishing your dog in the kennel. Correct your dog's behaviour outside the kennel, then place the dog in the kennel. This will help the dog feel secure in his kennel.

Things You'll Need

  • Chain link or plastic wall material
  • Gate with hinge hardware
  • Measuring tape
  • Marking pencil
  • Dog bedding
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