Kennel maintenance is a serious concern for most dog owners. And it should be. It’s your pet’s own private space – where it sleeps and rests. If you want to have a clean, healthy, happy dog, make sure the kennel is well-kept.

Cleaning a dog kennel

To have tidy sheds, cages or houses for dogs, you can simply focus on two things: having proper flooring and regular cleaning, which includes a daily hosing down and, on particular occasions, intensive disinfecting and other treatments. These are two basic but significant things every dog owner should know.

Flooring

  •  Decking that’s specifically made for kennels is the best type of flooring you can provide your dog. It’s portable and recommended to cover dirt, grass, gravel and other types of naturally draining surfaces. It’s also comfortable for dogs to lie on, although providing bedding would still be better. Daily cleaning of kennel decking can be accomplished just by hosing it down.
  •  Cement is the next best choice for a dog house, even though you have to provide bedding for resting comfort. It’s easy to maintain, but you might want to have it sealed or treated against staining and odor of urine and feces.
  •  Gravel is sometimes chosen by dog owners, instead of cement, since it drains urine naturally. However, you’d also need to replace your old batch of gravel with a new one after some time. One danger you have to watch out is the possibility of your dog eating pieces of the gravel.

 

Cleaning

  •  Make sure you take out the bedding, toys, dish and other paraphernalia your dog might have in the kennel before you start cleaning. The bedding may be cleaned with a bleach-and-water solution to kill any germs and pests on it. For toys, dishes and other items that were made for your dog to chew, use a mild liquid cleanser and rinse very well.
  •  Your dog eats and eliminates daily, so you do have to clean the kennel daily. This means hosing down the whole floor and parts of the wall that have been soiled.
  •  Every week, at the very least, clean the whole floor and structure with dishwashing liquid or shampoo marked as mild or safe for pets. Rinse the place very well and check that no trace of soap is left.

 

About the Author:

Raquel Merc has mainly contributed about travel and lifestyle but she’s also started writing a variety of articles on home management and parenting since becoming a mother in 2010. Her recent works feature ideas and insights on food, home organizers and garden sheds.

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