Gundog training
Peter Blatch
When it comes to size it’s surprising to see what some manufacturers regard as an adequate standard size for a dog kennel.

A number unfortunately tend to build on the small side. Most of my kennels – with run – are 4ft wide by 6ft long, and extra space is given to the sleeping quarters.

The bigger the better I say. By building big you can then put an additional dog in if need be without cramping.

The dogs’ sleeping quarters are every bit as important as a spacious run and should be warm, draught free and off the floor.

The use of bricks and mortar will stop any chewing by dogs that would quickly destroy any run made from wood.

If your kennel is going to be a permanent fixture I would use bricks or blocks for the sleeping quarters and a galvanised run with roof to keep the rain off.