Keeping a pet happy and healthy means keeping a pet contained. This isn’t cruel. Wild dogs spend most of their time in their den, leaving only to hunt. A pet that has adequate food and exercise is secure in an enclosed space. For the purpose of this article, a kennel is defined as an enclosed area with both shade and open space. This plan uses composite decking. Concrete can be used, but it is hard and can get very hot or cold. Wood can also be used, but dogs as well as other animals can chew or destroy exposed wood.
Place both long 4-by-4 boards and both short pieces on the site to form a rectangle. Place third short piece of wood in the center as a support. Drill holes every foot or so and drive the gutter nails through the wood and into the dirt. Be sure to leave a half inch to 1 inch between the fence post and the frame.
Shade Awning (optional) - Place the 90-degree elbow joints on either end of the PVC piping. Make sure that both joints are pointing in the same direction. Apply the PVC weld compound and allow to dry.