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What To Consider When Buying A Dog Kennel

When you decide to invest in a dog kennel, just like you do when you’re buying a new home for yourself, you want to be sure you’re making the right decisions. There are several obvious things you need to consider when you make these decisions, some of the things are obvious, but others are less obvious, which is why we’ve decided to kick off our new blog with this ultimate guide to buying a dog kennel. Here’s what you need to be asking yourself:

  • How big is your dog? This may sound like an obvious question, but the trick here is to select a kennel that is big enough now and big enough for your fully-grown dog (if you currently have a puppy); but not too big. You need to make sure that the kennel you choose has sufficient space for your dog to stand up, lie down and move around comfortably, but not so big that he is too small to generate heat in the space available.
  • How long will he spend in the kennel? If you plan to use the kennel just for short periods when you pop out to the shops or when you’re doing the house-work, then you’re likely to want to invest less and probably require a less sophisticated solution than if you plan to leave your dog in his kennel for long periods while you’re out at work or overnight.
  • How strong is your dog? Different breeds and different sizes of dog have significantly varying levels of strength. The advice here is simple: a strong dog needs a strong kennel that will withstand his or her personality. In short, you need to be sure that the choice you make will provide a safe and comfortable space that suits the characteristics of your dog.
  • Is your dog a chewer? If your dog is a chewer, it’s important to make sure that there are no exposed edges he can chew.
  • Will your dog kennel have a dog run attached? If your kennel will have a run attached, then a flat roof kennel with no door is the perfect way to enable your dog to go in and out as he pleases. However, if you’re not planning a run, you might want an apex roof with a door so the kennel works for you and your dog on a stand-alone basis.
  • Do you have easy access to the site? If you have easy access to the part of your garden where you plan to put the dog kennel, then a pre-built option will save you stress and hassle. However, if access is tight, then you might need to consider a flat-pack option that you build in situ.
  • Are you investing for the long or the short term? Like anything in life, with a dog kennel you get what you pay for. If you’re looking for a long-term solution, then it’s definitely worth considering investing a bit more in the kennel you choose; this way you won’t be looking at replacing it in a few years time.
  • Should you treat or choose pre-treated? When choosing a new kennel it’s important to establish if the kennel needs to be treated or not. Timber kennels need to be treated, but the likes of our Kingspan insulated kennels don’t. It’s up to you how much work you want to do and how much treatment you’re prepared to invest on an annual basis.
  • What about cleaning? In order for your dog to be happy in his new home, it’s essential that his kennel is kept clean. You should think carefully about how easy the material of the dog kennel you buy will be to clean and also how easy it will be to access for cleaning.
  • Do you need an insulated kennel? If your dog is going to stay outside for prolonged periods, all year round, then insulation is an important consideration. It may be that you choose a kennel with insulation and a raised sleeping area if your dog will be outside overnight, but for short periods, some simple floor insulation will probably be sufficient.

We do hope this guide has helped you figure out what you need to think about when choosing a dog kennel, but if you’re still unsure, why not get in touch? At Slaneyside Dog Kennels and Runs we’re always happy to provide impartial, professional advice to help make sure every dog is a happy dog.

Building A Dog Run

Running around and playing in the great outdoors is an essential part of any healthy and happy dog’s life. However, if you decide, for whatever reason that you can’t spend enough time outside with your dog each day, then it’s highly likely that a dog run is on your agenda. Containing your dog in a safe and secure place is important both for your peace of mind and your dog’s happiness and safety. It’s for this reason there are several things to take into account before diving into building a dog run. Here are the main things we think you should consider to get the project spot-on:

  • Work out where you’re going to put the run. Knowing where you want to put the run will help you plan your whole project. It’s essential that you make sure that the dog run doesn’t spoil your time in your garden, but also that it makes the best use of space available from your dog’s point of view. Putting your dog enclosure in the right spot from day one will save you work in the long term and will mean that you and your dog have a long and happy time in the great outdoors. Think about sun, wind, rain and visibility here.
  • Establish the size of the run. The size of dog run you need will be determined of course by the size of your dog and your garden, but it will also be affected by the amount of time your dog is likely to spend in the run each day. A general rule of thumb is: the longer he needs to spend in it, the bigger it should be.
  • Decide if you’re going to tackle the job on a DIY basis or whether you’ll get the pros in. Although building a dog run isn’t all that complicated, you do need to make sure that you have the required skills before taking on the job on a DIY basis. You also need to make sure you either have, or have access to all the tools you’ll need to do the job properly. If the land where you plan to situate the run needs leveling or working to be suitable for the run, then you need to add this into the equation too. If you are in any doubt about achieving a great result, it’s well worth getting the pros in to get the job done quickly and effectively (sometimes this option costs less in the end).
  • Establish the best sort of dog fence for your dog. When it comes to establishing what type of dog fence you need, you have to take into account the size of your dog and whether or not he is a climber. Here are some rough guidelines: 8cm spaced bars suit medium to large breeds, but not small breeds as they can get through the bars. On the other hand, 5cm spaced bars suit all breeds. Bar type runs have the advantage of being anti-climb. Mesh type runs are suitable for all breeds but dogs can scale them, which is a problem if you have a climber. If you have a climber, you’ll need to roof a mesh type run.
  • Decide whether you will put his kennel inside or outside the run. Whether you position the kennel inside or outside the run will depend to a large extent on the space you have available and also whether or not your dog is a ‘jumper’! If you place the kennel inside the run and he decides he wants to make a leap for freedom, then he’s got the chance to hop on top of the kennel to make his escape with only a couple of feet left to jump over the dog run. If space is tight however, and you need to have your kennel inside the dog run, a solution is roofing the run (at Slaneyside Dog Kennels and Runs we make it a priority to always find a solution)
  • Determine whether you should roof the dog run. Whether or not you should roof your dog’s new outside space will depend on the weather and whether or not he has a kennel. If your dog doesn’t have access to a kennel while he’s in his dog run, then it’s essential to roof at least part of the kennel so he has protection from the sun and the rain. Also, as we’ve already mentioned, if you choose a mesh type run and you have a climber, you should also roof the run to keep your dog enclosed and safe.
  • Establish the best position for the gate. When planning your run, it’s important to establish the best position for the gate. When considering layout, make sure you consider all year round planting implications. For example a gate position that works in the winter might no longer work in the summer when plants and trees are bushier and need more space. Needless to say, it’s important to make sure that the gate is positioned at the most convenient place for access from your point of view.
  • We do hope this guide has helped you figure out what you need to think about when building a dog run, but if you’re still unsure, why not get in touch? At Slaneyside Dog Kennels and Runs we’re always happy to provide impartial, professional advice to help make sure every dog is a happy dog.

Deciding On The Correct Dog Size Run

Pet owners are inclined to buy dog runs for their pets as a way to keep them confined in a well-built area, where your dog, can, well be a dog. When deciding to buy a run for your dog you need to consider the following.

What are dog runs?

Dog runs are designed to be a safety net for your pet. They allow your dog to run freely around the place that they call home. When pet owners leave their house unattended, generally when they come back, their house is destroyed from the mess your dog makes. As dogs love the outdoors, it is not inhumane in any way to have them locked up in a dog run. If anything, it is the complete opposite.

Does area matter for a dog run?

When deciding on a dog run, pet owners need to first look at the area where they want to put it. The area in your back garden is the key decider as this will be your dog’s second home for life. You should take into consideration factors such as placing your dog in the shade for when it gets too hot or away from pests you may have.

Knowing that your dog will be in a safe and secure location, this will give you peace of mind that nothing bad will happen to them when you’re away from the house.

Does the size matter for a dog run?

Once you know where your run is going to be placed, finding out the correct size depends on how big your dog is. There are two types of dog runs at Slaneyside Kennels you need to consider.

1. Four Sided Dog Run

The four-sided dog runs are designed to be robust and durable, even in harsh weather conditions. The dog run can be an added extension to one of the kennels supplied at Slaneyside. This allows your dog to roam free in a safe and secure environment.

2. Puppy Panel Runs

Pet owners who own a puppy require a great amount of care. A puppy run is a great way to teach your dog the importance of discipline from a very early age. However, a good rule of thumb is to have a large run that is suitable for an adult, as puppies tend to grow in size.

Contact Us

If you are considering buying a dog run and would like to know more, then we would love to hear from you. Please contact Donal Kehoe at slaneyside@gmail.com or phone: 053-93-88567 / Mobile: 0877959550

Advantages Of Electronic Dog Fences

Having an electronic fence for a dog is an effective way in keeping them safe. It allows pets the freedom to run around and play within a selected containment area. If you are considering buying this type of fence, then here’s what you need to know.

What is an electronic dog fence?

An electronic dog fence is a popular pet containment system that keeps your dog securely contained within the close proximity of your home. The containment system consists of a wire that transmits radio signals that is incorporated into a dog’s collar. It also consists of flags that are placed around the perimeter of your home, to help you and your pet see where the fence is.

How does it work?

An electric collar is worn by your dog and will receive radio signals from the wire surrounding your home. When your dog approaches the fence, the collar will pick up the signal and will give your dog an audible warning bleeping tone. The aim is to teach your dog to stay close to your property line.

What will happen if your dog ignores the signals?

If your dog decides to ignore the signal and continues towards the fence, your dog’s collar will release a minor shock to the neck. Your dog will receive the same feeling you get when you touch a metal door after walking on a carpet. This is not a form of punishment for your dog. This is an effective maneuverer where your dog understands what it means with a minor shock until they no longer need it.

What are the advantages of having an electric fence?

Electric dog fences are designed to discipline your dog with the result of them becoming obedient in the long-term. They help you and your dog to be more safeguarded in making sure your dog stays safe out of harm’s way, such as running on to the road and getting hurt by moving vehicles or running away and getting lost.

What advice would be recommended?

Prior to your electronic fence going up, you should show your dog what will happen when they cross paths with your fence first. This will show the dog that this is bad behaviour and will become more aware as a result from training.

Contact us

If you think that getting an electronic dog fence kit would be the best solution for your pet, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Donal Kehoe at slaneyside@gmail.com or phone: 053-93-88567 / Mobile: 0877959550

Insulated Dog Kennel

The benefits of an insulated dog kennel

When you buy a kennel for your dog you want them to feel safe and secure inside their new home. Purchasing a dog kennel can be quite testing sometimes, as we all want the very best for our pets no matter what the weather throws at us!

If your dog is spending their time outside all year round or they are aggressive by nature, then here’s why you should consider buying an insulated dog kennel.


Living in Ireland we all know that the weather can be unpredictable at times. One morning it’s raining and then the next it’s sunny. At Slaneyside Kennel Solutions, we have taken this all into account and have manufactured some of the finest materials that are 100% Irish. Our kennels are designed to keep your dog cool in summer and warm in winter.

What is the material made of?

Our dog kennels are made from King span sheeting made with 40mm of insulation. We use Kingspan sheeting to trap the heat inside so it does not escape, giving your dog that cosy warm feeling.

Double steel sheets are used not only to protect your dog from the weather but to keep your dog from chewing through the material. We have a number of apex or flat roof insulated dog kennels on offer that are so tough that a dog of any size could not chew its way out of. Our insulated kennel flats are highly recommended for aggressive dogs.

Our kennels are coated in a variety of colours and are manufactured to the highest standard. We have different styles for you to choose from. All our kennels have a long durability lifespan where rusting is minimal.


If you would like to talk more about insulated dog kennels and how we could help your dog get a new home, then we would love to hear from you. Please contact Donal Kehoe at slaneyside@gmail.com or phone: 053-93-88567 / Mobile: 0877959550



Tips For Washing Your Dog

When you have a shower and wash your hair, have you ever considered how many days’ you let pass by without giving your dog a bath? Dogs have the same basic needs as us humans and are required to get the same treatment. Here are some guidelines to consider when washing your dog.

How frequently should you wash your dog?

We all know dogs love the outdoors and run amuck with getting their coats muddy. Pet owners should consider bathing their pets at least once a month. Dogs, no matter what size they are, have a habit of being scared of ‘bath time’. This is because they associate ‘bath time’ with being a terrifying time for them.

How do you choose the right shampoo for your dog?

Deciding on the right shampoo for your dog is important for their skin and coat. At Slaneyside Kennels, we offer a number of shampoo products that will suit your dog.





Cost (€)

Wahl Cooper Tones Shampoo

  • Natural and organic shampoo
  • Suitable for red, brown, copper and blonde coats
  • 500ml




Wahl Deep Black Shampoo

  • Natural and organic shampoo
  • For black coats only
  • 5 litre




Wahl Dirty Beastie Shampoo


  • Suitable for dirty, thick and matted coats
  • Natural ingredients
  • No harmful detergents or cleansers
  • Extracts include pear, peach, passion-flower and kiwi fruit




Wahl Tea Tree Shampoo


  • Natural ingredients
  • No harmful detergents or cleansers
  • Extracts include Tea Tree Oil, Coconut Oil, Wheatgerm Oil and Peppermint Oil
  • 500ml




Wahl Diamond White


  • Enhances white coat and removes dirt and stains
  • Leaves the coat looking shiny and healthy
  • 5 Litre and 500ml





Wahl Oatmeal Essence


  • Natural ingredients
  • Removes odours
  • No harmful detergents or cleansers
  • Extracts include Coconut and Sweet Almond Oil
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Suitable for all coats types
  • 500ml





What are the appropriate steps to washing your dog?

1. Brush your dog’s coat
2. Have your supplies ready, i.e. towel and dog shampoo
3. Remove your dog’s collar
4. Turn on the tap to warm water
5. Talk to your pet to calm them down
6. Wet your dog’s body
7. Use the dog shampoo
8. Dry your dog with a towel
9. Reward your dog with a treat

Contact Us

If you would like to purchase any of our products above or you want to know more information, then we would love to hear from you. Please contact Donal Kehoe at slaneyside@gmail.com or phone: 053-93-88567 / Mobile: 0877959550

How To Avoid Losing Your Dog

If you are a pet owner, then you understand that sinking feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when your dog runs off on you, or worse, goes missing. At Slaneyside Kennel Solutions, we offer GPS pet tracking devices that are designed to help you pinpoint your dog’s exact location when they decide to run off. If your dog likes to explore the outdoors and runs off on you whenever the opportunity presents itself, then you should consider the following.

Why use the GPS tracking device?

GPS (Global Positioning System) is a network of satellites that communicate radio signals to handheld devices that help people get from point A to point B. Tracking your dog should be no different when it comes to the technology we use daily. At Slaneyside Kennel Solutions, our pet tracking devices have a built-in chip that sends signals to the receiver’s device in communicating the location of your missing pet. Tracking your pet has never been so easy!

How does it work?

Our GPS tracking device consists of a 35 gram collar clip that you attach to your dog’s existing collar around their neck. When your dog goes missing, the lightweight collar clip will act as a transmitter in sending out a signal of its exact location through GPS to the receiver’s device. This is sent as an alert at no cost, directly to your phone, internet or other handheld device. Once you log on to the pet tracker system, the information given to the receiver is a detailed snapshot of your dog’s location via a live map. Directions on how to get to the location of your pet is also included.

How much does it cost?

Our Tractive GPS Pet Tracking device works using cellular networks. This means that the signals that are transmitted to the receiver’s handheld device are transmitted through cell phone towers. As we pay the data fees, we charge a low monthly service fee that allows you to monitor your dog 24/7.

Tractive GPS Apps

Downloading the Tractive GPS app for your iPhone or Android device is completely free. The app gives you the comfort in knowing that you can locate your dog’s whereabouts if they ever go missing. Furthermore, you can add as many pets on to the GPS tracker as you want.


If you would like to talk more about how you can track your pet down and bring them home, then we would love to hear from you. Please contact Donal Kehoe at slaneyside@gmail.com or phone: 053-93-88567 / Mobile: 0877959550




How To Clean And Disinfect Your Dog Kennel

How to clean and disinfect your dog kennel

We all know that keeping your dog inside a kennel has its advantages. However, did you know that kennels that are left unclean can lead to your dog having unhealthy problems? Would you leave your house dirty for more than a few days? No! If you are a dog owner and are keeping your dog inside a kennel and would like to save costs on trips to the vet, then here’s what you need to know.

Why should you clean your dog kennel?

We all know dogs love the outdoors, are always hyperactive around everything and anything that moves and always ends up getting dirty one way or the other. However, when inside their homes and yours, they tend to bring bacteria along the way.

Bacteria are germs that everybody dislikes. They are microorganisms that can be found from contaminated areas such as soil. As these microorganisms are typically found in unclean kennels which can be a health hazard, it is fundamental to have regular cleaning check-ups to ensure a safe and health-free environment for both you and your pet.

How often should you clean your dog’s kennel?

Cleaning your dog kennel once a week should prevent your pet from having any health complications in the future. At Slaneyside Kennels and Runs, we have a range of odour germ free products that are designed to disinfect and kill any bacteria living inside your dog’s kennel. Our range of products are dog-friendly and are harmless to the environment.

What are the steps to cleaning your dog’s kennel?

First, remove any bedding, toys, bowls and unwanted waste such as dog residue. Using a hose, rinse these items and the kennel thoroughly. Using a sponge, soak it in water and use any of our Kennel Cleaning Products. Scrub all surfaces inside to remove unwanted dirt. Rinse the kennel with the hose afterwards to kill off any additional bacteria.


If you would like to purchase any of our odour germ free products or you would like to know more about how you can clean your dog’s kennel, then we would love to hear from you. Please contact Donal Kehoe at slaneyside@gmail.com or phone: 053-93-88567 / Mobile: 0877959550

Microchipping Your Dog

Microchipping your dog is now legal in Ireland

Thousands of pets are either stolen or go missing in Ireland each year, with less than half being reunited with their owners. Under Irish law, from March 31st 2016, it is now a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped and registered. Here’s everything you need to know.

What is Microchipping?

We all know that microchipping is the best way for pinpointing your dog’s exact loaction when they go missing. It is a small electronic device with a 15 digit code, about the size of a large grain of rice, that is injected into the dog’s skin at the back of its neck, but, did you know this could be the difference between finding your pet to losing them forever.

Why register your dog?

Under the new legislation, when your dog is implanted with a microchip it is vital that you register their details such as name, home address and phone number on a government-approved database.This is to identify dogs that go missing which can then detect who their owners are, and so it is compulsory to make sure your dog’s details are up-to-date. According to the Irish Statute Book;

“A dog must be microchipped and registered by implanting a microchip that is suitable for the internal use in the body of an animal which apply to all dogs from 31 March 2016.”

At Slaneyside Kennel Solutions, we believe that dog owners should never have to go through the heartache of searching for their pets when they go missing. We offer GPS tracking devices that are designed to help you pinpoint your dog’s exact location by sending a signal to your handheld device.


If you would like more information on how to register your dog before March 31st 2016 then you need to visit fido.ie. If you would like to purchase our GPS tracking device, then please contact Donal Kehoe at slaneyside@gmail.com or phone: 053-93-88567 / Mobile: 0877959550



DSPCA http://www.dspca.ie/microchipping

Fido https://www.fido.ie/ad-regpet.jsp

Irish Statute Book http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2015/si/63/made/en/pdf

Leaving Your Dog At Home While On Vacation

We all know that leaving your dog at boarding kennels or getting a pet sitter are the easiest options when you travel, but, is it really the best option? Imagine leaving a small child in surroundings it doesn’t know with strangers while you are away. Crazy, right?

If you are going on a new vacation in 2016 and you are thinking of leaving your dog behind in the good hands of a neighbour, friend or family member, then you need to follow these essential tips.

Why is leaving them at home the best option?

While you are away on vacation you want to make sure your dog is taken care of. Having someone you know pop in to check up on them is the most ideal and cheap option in the long run for both you and the pet you love. Why? As dogs are used to their own kennels you know they will be comfortable around the people they know. They are used to the surroundings of your home and are happy with life. Not to mention you don’t have to pay any fees!

Preparing to leave

Before you go away, spend small amounts of time with your pets so they can get used to you not being in the house. This will give them time to readjust to things on their own. Open the hatch of their kennel so your pet is free to play in the garden while closing the back door well in advance so they don’t escape the perimeter of your home. Placing a bowl of water beside them will also help them to avoid being rehydrated. At Slaneyside Kennels and Runs, we have a range of Dog Bowel sets that are bolted to your dog’s kennel, acting as a great accessory when you leave your home.

Asking a neighbour, friend or family member

When asking certain neighbours, friends or family members to keep an eye on your pet, make sure to introduce them first. This is a safety precaution in case of any attacks on the person looking after your pet while you are away. As they are the ones looking after your animals, providing them with useful information such as medication, feeding times to contact details of your dog’s veterinarian is required in case of any problems they might find themselves in.

As the person you ask will have their own daily routines, tell them to swing by your house twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening time. This is a reassurance for your pet that they will always be cared for.


At Slaneyside Kennels and Runs, we offer a range of sturdy dog kennels and dog runs that will suit a dog of any size. Email Donal Kehoe at slaneyside@gmail.com or phone: 053-93-88567 / 0877959550 for more information.