Dogs are social pack animals that enjoy spending time with you and your family, after all, it\u2019s why you chose a dog as your companion. However, there are some breeds of dogs that prefer to spend more of his time outdoors and become anxious or bored if left indoors for too long. If you live with a dog who enjoys plenty of time outdoors but you still want to offer a safe and warm environment, consider adding an enclosed dog kennel in your backyard.\r\n\r\nDogs that Thrive Outdoors\r\nThere are many types of dogs, mostly larger breeds, that have been bred and adapted for working and living outdoors. These breeds of dogs are better suited to spend time outdoors in all types of weather:\r\n\r\nGerman Shepard / Australian Shepard\r\nGreat Pyrenees\r\nMastiff\r\nSiberian Husky\r\nRottweiler\r\nIrish Wolfhound\r\nSwiss Mountain Dog / Bernese Mountain Dog\r\nEnglish Sheepdog\r\nSamoyed\r\nKeeshond\r\nChow Chow\r\nAmerican Foxhound / English Foxhound\r\nWhat Your Dog Kennel Must Provide\r\nEven a dog that enjoys time outdoors will require the shelter that an enclosed dog kennel provides. Quality kennels are built with an insulated box where your dog can go to escape the outdoor elements. They should also include a dog door that allows your dog access to an attached dog run or your backyard (if your yard is fenced in) where he can run, play, and get his daily exercise.\r\n\r\nWhen setting up a dog kennel in your backyard, remember to include these elements.\r\n\r\nProper Placement\r\nChoosing the right placement for your dog kennel can create the best possible outdoor environment for your dog. Here are some things to consider when deciding where to place a new kennel:\r\n\r\nPlace your dog kennel on a small platform that allows it to rest slightly off the ground. This keeps the floor of your kennel away from direct contact with the cold and wet ground and lets the structure to retain more heat.\r\nPosition your kennel so the doggie door or entry to the insulated portion is blocked from strong winds.\r\nChoose a location that offers some shade so your pet is protected from the day\u2019s strongest sunlight.\r\nThe Necessities\r\nOnce your kennel is properly placed, your next move is to make sure that it includes all the necessities your dog needs when spending time outdoors.\r\n\r\nPlace water in the indoor portion of the dog kennel to protect it from pests, debris, and freezing. You can also provide food but it shouldn\u2019t be left outdoors for too long as it can attract other critters.\r\nCreate a bedding space for your dog using an insulating material like straw or cedar shavings. Sheets and towels may seem like a more comfortable option, but they can retain moisture and freeze in colder temperatures.\r\nComfortable Temperatures\r\nThere are several upgrades you can choose to customize your dog\u2019s kennel and keep his outdoor area pleasant and climate controlled.\r\n\r\nVents or fans can be strategically placed in your kennel design for increased air circulation.\r\nA weatherproof doggie door will keep rain, snow, and blasts of cold air out of your dog\u2019s indoor space.\r\nYou can even splurge on an attached heater/AC unit for complete climate control.\r\nAlthough most dogs are happiest in your home, if your dog is a breed that prefers to spend more time outdoors, protecting your dog and providing a comfortable space should be your priority.\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re looking to purchase an enclosed dog kennel for your backyard, shop Penn Dutch Structures for single and dual capacity kennels, as well as larger structures.