This photo is taken from our main kennel room into the puppy run.
They have a water pan, a 400 Varikennel, without door, a soft dog bed, and an oil heater, which is surrounded by a triangular 18-inch exercise pen to prevent chewing the electrical cord. You can see the pups outside in the run when this photo was taken. You can see that the dog door is open and that there is a towel stapled to the wall above it, but it is tucked out of the way when the photo was taken. At night this towel will be allowed to hand down to help with drafts.
This photo was taken outside. there is an eight-foot concrete apron, which is covered in case of rain. The pups have a dog bed outside, covered with an old sheet that will (I guarantee you) be washed many times in the next month. You can see that I have fastened the rubber flap of the dog door with a bungee cord to the top of the kennel run. At this age the pups don't know how to push their way through the heavy rubber flap to get in and out the dog door.
The pea-gravel run extends another 30 feet and is five feet in width. It is fully covered because we have coyotes in the open space nearby and also a few eagles.
For nighttime, the dog door is closed by dropping the towel that is stapled to the wall above the door. In a few days the pups will learn to push this light towel to go outside. Once they are fully comfortable going in and out of the dog door, with only the towel as a barrier, I will lower the rubber flap of the dog door.
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