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Outdoor Living Area

Spent 3 days and built this living area for Gunner, who comes to his new home in a week.
About $350 in materials, but the pavers I got on Kijiiji, and I had 10pcs 2x4 laying around for other projects.

The house is built with 2x4 frame, 1/2" ply and 3" styrofoam (R12).
Interior of the house is 32" at the high and 28" at the low. 35 x 35 inside.
The whole roof pops out for easy cleaning of wood chips.

The run is 4ft x 14ft x 5 1/2ft tall.
Pavers are 18 x 18 layed on 5" of screening, tamped down and graded.
Magic Sand used to "grout" the pavers.

Just thought I'd share my first outdoor living area.
Comments welcomed.

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post #2 of 192 (permalink) Old 10-10-2011, 01:58 PM
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Is your puppy going to be living there?


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Is Gunner a puppy? Will he be living out doors? In "his" living area? Or in doors with you and your family?

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Very impressive job! I'm thinking if you intend on letting Gunner out there, you're going to have to build another one. Looks like your baby girl has claimed it as her own!

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Looks nice. There appears to be substantial space between the bottom rail and the pavers? How will you keep the puppy in. Anything for chew proofing of the lumber?

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Wish I could build like that! I've been looking into building my own agility equipment - too bad I don't have you around to help. Very nice

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Gunner is 5 months old and will arrive in a week.
He will live outside for the majority of they year but will beinside occaionslly and when on good behaviour.

The bottom is a little high, my miscalculation, but I'lll be thorwing some 2 x 4's in there tomorrow just in case.

It holds 5 kids in the doghouse qquite nicely, they are all out there eathing turkey right now.

Had fun building it.

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He will live outside for the majority of they year but will beinside occaionslly and when on good behaviour.
I would seriously rethink this living arrangement. A puppy is a baby! You are going to bring home a baby and put him outside by himself? He is going to be very lonely and bored.
GSDs do best when with their family- they are VERY pack oriented.
If he spends the majority of his time outside, when will he learn how to be "on good behavior" when inside?

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He's a dog, not a baby....double coat dog at that, and he's been outdoors, he know's no different at this point.
It's not like he is going to be isolated out in a cage and have not interaction.
Make me sound so mean.

Too many distractions in the house for him to be in here all the time, but he will be an integrated member of our pack.
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