How to make a cheap dog pen

Updated February 21, 2017

Many dog owners like to let their dog have the run of the house or yard, but there are times when owners need to pen their dogs. Young dogs can chew everything that falls in their path, so confining them at night is a good idea. Also, many dog owners prefer that their dog stay in a specific area while they are away. These people don't want to invest a lot of money in a dog pen, but they do want to find a solution that will give them peace of mind. A cheap dog pen is a good answer.

Measure and mark the area of the planned dog pen. Mark the spots designated for the corners with stakes, as well as the spots designated for the pen gate. You must decide on the size of the pen based on your dog's size and the amount of time that the dog will spend in the dog pen. If you plan to confine your dog to the pen only at night when the dog is sleeping, you do not need a large dog pen. Likewise, a small dog will not need a huge pen. To keep the cost low, don't build a pen that is larger than necessary.

Dig holes that are about 60 cm (2 feet) deep, about 7.5 cm by 7.5 cm (3 inches by 3 inches) in diameter, for each corner of the dog pen, as well as two additional holes for the dog pen gate. In total, you will dig six holes.

Pour cement into these holes. Mix the cement powder with water according to the directions on the bag of cement mixture. Purchase cement mixture at home centres and hardware shops.

Install the wooden fence posts into these corner holes while the cement is wet. You can purchase pre-cut wooden fence posts at home centres, wood suppliers or hardware shops. These are the dog pen fence corners. The height of the posts must measure the height of the planned dog pen. Building a pen for a small dog demands a much lower pen than a dog pen for a large dog or a dog that jumps.

Lay chicken wire along the perimeter of the dog pen. Place bricks on it to hold it down. This will prevent the dog from digging under the fence.

Cut the chain link fencing to the appropriate length of each side of the dog pen, leaving an extra 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches) to spare. Run each piece of chain-link fencing from post to post of the dog pen. Tie the chain link fence to the posts with fence ties and pliers by twisting the ends of the fencing together. Leave an opening for the gate.

Screw two hinge assemblies to one gatepost of the dog pen. Measure the exact spot on the post where the hinges will hang, matching them to the hinge locations on the gate. Attach the hinges in place by screwing the hinge assembly onto the post with a screw gun. Use wood screws to hold the assembly in place.

Hang the gate onto the fence post hinges, sliding the hinges of the gate onto the hinge assembly mounted on the dog pen gatepost. Use a full-length gate so that the dog cannot crawl under it.

Affix a latch to the gate with the matching latch attachment to the gatepost.

Lay a tarpaulin over a corner of the pen for shade. Make sure that the dog always has plenty of fresh clean water in the dog pen.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Wooden stakes -- 5 cm by 10 cm (2 inches by 4 inches)
  • Six wooden fence posts -- 5 cm (2 inches) wide
  • Chicken wire
  • Chain link fencing
  • Wire cutters
  • Wood screws
  • Screw gun
  • Hinge assembly
  • Door hinges
  • Gate
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Laurie Rappeport is a writer and blogger with more than 10 years of experience. Her areas of expertise are in education, child development, travel, pets, nutrition and health for Demand Studios and a major travel website. Rappeport holds a Master of Arts degree from Wayne State University.