Tips for Building Your Own Dog Crate
Being an extremely useful piece of equipment for all dog owners, whether on the move or at home, a dog crate comes in handy for a variety of situations and for virtually all canine species – big or small.Dog crates can be built at home with some basic do it yourself knowledge. Below are the essential steps on how to build your own dog crate.
Tip 1 : Size Matters
Dog crates are not one-size-fits all, and most owners have to access the size of their pets before building one. There has to be enough room to allow the dog to stand, lie down and turn around comfortably. Its tougher to determine the size of a crate for a puppy. The best option in that case would be to build a crate that would accommodate the animal when fully-grown, with removal dividers fitted to it snug enough for the puppy.
Tip 2: Material Purchase
Purchase the material for the crate. While many are made from wood, dogs can chew the material, causing it damage so it is not advised. Metal is a sturdier option, and although making a metal crate provides trickier than a wood crate, they last longer. The frame of the crate can be made with an angle iron.
Tip 3: Balance Issues
After determining the size of metal required, have a fabricator or a supplier to cut the iron. Twelve pieces will be needed in all: four of the same size for the length of the crate, four of the same size of the ends of the crate (two on each side) and another four of the same size for the corners. Proper care has to be taken in ensuring the crate is well balanced.
Tip 4: Getting it all Together
A welder can then weld the frame together, to make it sit evenly and squarely, without tipping or rocking, with the corners welded well together. An iron mesh has to be tacked to the base of the crate, one that is sturdy enough to support a dogs weight without sagging or bending. If required, additional supports can be welded under the mesh.
Step 5: Final Steps
More mesh has to be added to the top and sides of the crate. Another smaller frame will make the door, which is essentially a small sized angle iron that is fit to one end of the crate, attached with a latch and two hinges. Finally, a plywood sheet has to be laid on the base of the crate before its top is welded. Other alternatives to plywood can also be used, but plywood useful since it can be easily cleaned if soiled. Or alternatively, a dog bed can be laid on top of it and cleaned instead of having to clean the plywood.