Outdoor Housing and Play Yards for Dogs

If your dogs have access to outdoor housing or play yards, in addition to meeting the Group Housing requirements, ensure the following:

  • The dogs are removed or can retreat from inclement weather
  • The materials of the outdoor housing/play yard are weatherproof
  • That the enclosure is escape-proof and provides protection from predators
  • Where possible, the enclosure or play yard are in an area that can be easily cleaned and disinfected.

Benefits to outdoor housing and play yards:

  • Allows for time outside of the kennel, with or without human interaction
  • The dogs get much-needed aerobic exercise and consequently are more relaxed while in their kennel. This is particularly beneficial for those that are challenged by confinement.
  • Dogs are given the opportunity to express normal behaviours, such as running, digging, playing and smelling
  • The outdoor environment stimulates all five of the dog’s senses, which is very enriching

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