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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-11-2014, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Puppy Run

Hey ya'll! First post time.
I've made a deposit on a male GSD puppy who is going to be born in 2 weeks, meaning he will be home in 10 weeks, at 8 weeks old.

He will be an indoor dog, housetrained, etc, so he will always sleep indoors. However, when he is not outside working with me (most of the time) or I have to go somewhere, or there is a workman at the home, we want to be able to put him in a run outside.

THIS WILL BE TEMPORARY. Just while he is a puppy. When fully grown, he will have full reign of our yard. The reason we want to use a run when he's little is because we have a pool, and just want to be safe until he learns how to use the stairs.

So, my questions are:

How big of a run do you guys think is nescessary for a puppy to be alone for 3-4 hours, max?

What are the best companies, materials, etc for runs, in ya'lls opinions?

What is the best flooring? I've heard a lot of mixed results. (Added question: is the best thing to do to have a shelter/house in the run, so the pup knows where to go to the bathroom?)

What is everything that should be in the run? House, potty area, water, toys, bed, etc?

And any other information you guys think would be helpful!

With much puppy-anticipation,
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-11-2014, 10:01 PM
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For a temporary kennel/dog run, something that can be easily removed and taken down may be better than a permanent kennel/dog run. Around the neighborhood I have seen some that are chain link with a roof and also a metal black one. They are not very big - i would estimate no more than 12 ft. by 12 ft. and also have a dog house. One house uses it for a pom and the other for a lab. These type of kennels are composed of panels that are assembled. They probably would be available at a farm supply or pet store. My other neighbor does have a nice permanent run - chain link about 25 ft by 6 ft which is permanent and has a concrete floor.

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pea gravel for a puppy
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Just be aware that puppies are notorious for eating gravel, rocks and dirt.


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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-12-2014, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Castlemaid View Post
Just be aware that puppies are notorious for eating gravel, rocks and dirt.
That's what I'm worried about. I'm almost thinking that putting a tarp down under the kennel with something else over that (like a piece of turf, some tiles, who knows) might work, because my other concern is digging?
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