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Old 01-20-2008, 11:55 AM
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Anyone here used patio/driveway pavers for a dog kennel. I am likely getting a year old lab in the next week or so, and need something quick. Tentative plan is to use a store bought 10x10 kennel, with pavers under it, extending a foot or so on each side. I want to make sure that he cant dig out, and at the same time make it a cleaner environment and easier to keep clean. I've done a few in the past in concrete, but have no desire to do that much work mixing and pouring a slab, and partial truck ready mix is way too expensive.
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it would be a pain in the azz to clean,and i think the poo and pee would run in between the paver's and smell awful
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it would be a pain in the azz to clean,and i think the poo and pee would run in between the paver's and smell awful
not to mention risk of disease by not being able to clean between the gaps
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I'd cement it all or keep it dirt/ grass! And don't forget to buy some Trail! you'll need it for a 10 x 10.

Is this dog staying outside? My new (2yr old) retriever is snoozing on a comfy dog
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I'd cement it all or keep it dirt/ grass! And don't forget to buy some Trail! you'll need it for a 10 x 10.

Is this dog staying outside? My new (2yr old) retriever is snoozing on a comfy dog
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Not the question that you asked but when I was looking to build a kennel, the prevailing opinion was that they should be roughly 4 to 5ft wide and 15 to 20ft long.

I do not recall the name but there are rubber mats made to be used as kennel floors and are just placed on sand or stone. It is supposed to be better for the dogs pads and joints.
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I have got to cement my kennel for my 2 labs, it is a muddy mess and the younger one thinks it is funny to turn over the water bottle everyday but
I think I fixed that this afternoon where he can not do that anymore.

I have a client that is a VP with one of the big concrete companies and he said when I got ready to let him know and he could get a truck to come by and
pour what I need when they have an extra yard or so
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I use field fence with-T post then put railroad ties along the base on the inside. They dig but not past those ties. Dirt base.
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Sounds like a future toxic nighmare. I think that's why professional kennels have smooth concrete typically...
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Sorry for the double post, gotta love that new (and improved???? ) THT server response time!

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Pavers?

Use the pavers, tamp them down good. Then what I would do is use portland cemment and apply it like you would grout to a tile floor. it should seal the cracks between the pavers and smooth the surface out.

Soon as spring comes around, do a concrete slab for a proper kennel. the paver kennel should be easy to break up and move.
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ok, well, I guess I'll ditch the paver idea. The idea of doing the work for a slab, mainly the mixing part is a turnoff, but I guess is probably the best idea, especially considering that I work for an equipment rental company, and have easy (and free) access to all of the tools I need to prep, compact, and finish the slab.
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I don't know what it is, but I have a concrete kennel for my Lab and he will not do #1 or #2 in it. If I leave him in there all day, when I get home he runs out and craps in the yard ASAP. WE have never had to wash it down since he has never used it as his rest room. Although, he was the easiest dog I have ever house broken. He went to the bathroom one time in the house.
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If your going to do a slab just do a raised slab. Just make a boarder and pour and level. I think if you call a concrete co. you
may actually save money as they can throw an extra yard on a truck which is in your area. In my area you can get a yard for around $130 delivered. They also have these mini concrete mixers which (I think) can hold about a yard and its ready to go so you pick it up and it turns like a concrete truck. You just need to be ready to pour the stuff when you get home. A buddy of mine rented one and ended up dumping the concrete in a field because it was starting to get hard. I would also think that a raised slab would stay cleaner.
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I don't know what it is, but I have a concrete kennel for my Lab and he will not do #1 or #2 in it. If I leave him in there all day, when I get home he runs out and craps in the yard ASAP. WE have never had to wash it down since he has never used it as his rest room. Although, he was the easiest dog I have ever house broken. He went to the bathroom one time in the house.
He thinks he is going on the floor.
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My dog has a rather large kennel now, but before I built it I had a 10' x 10' just like yours.

This worked great and may or may not work for you.

I built a 4' x 10' wooden deck. I used 6" treated decking on top of a 2" x 4" frame.

It elevates the dog house, food and water and keeps them off the ground when it's cold.

In the remaining 6 feet of kennel, I spread wheat straw around. The dog will not use the bathroom on top of the
deck, so they will just go in the straw. The straw will absorb the urine and make it easy to clean up and put down new straw.

It cost 75% less than concrete and will probably out last the dog. More importantly if the plans for your landscaping change, you move, ect. your not stuck busting up concrete with a sledge hammer.


I liked it so much that I now have a 30' x 10' kennel and a 10' x 10' wooden deck.

Anyway, hopefully this will at least give you another option.

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Contractors got it!

My only "recommendation" would be to use "cedar" instead of treated, just to eliminate the threat of any toxic chemicals(some dogs are chewers).
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Contractors got it!

My only "recommendation" would be to use "cedar" instead of treated, just to eliminate the threat of any toxic chemicals(some dogs are chewers).**
The new treated wood does not have the chemicals the old stuff had and I do not think it has any health risk.
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The "old" wood is called CCA.

It stands for Copper, Chromates and Arsenic.

The EPA has banned this type of wood.

It's also called Wolmanized lumber.

ACQ or Kodiak wood are both safe and contain no arsenics.

I think for the most part, whatever you buy at Lowes is gonna be safe for you and your animal.
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