How to Build Dog Pens Off the Ground


There are many reasons to build a dog pen off the ground. If you have a platform, the dog(s) won't be able to dig their way out. If you live in a wet or muddy area, this will keep them warm and dry. Perhaps you want your dog off the ground for safety reasons, keeping other animals or pets from getting into the pen. Whatever your reason, building the pen off the ground can be done with some time, patience, and hard work.

Things You'll Need

  • Dog pen fencing
  • 2 x 4's
  • Sheets of plywood
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Hinges

Lay out your dog pen fencing on the ground, and take exact measurements. Standard dog pens are six by six or six by ten, but you will need an exact measurement in order to build the platform that will keep the pen off the ground.

Build your base frame. This will be done strictly with 2 x 4's, screws, and hinges. This frame should be the size of the dog pen, or an inch or two larger. If it is any smaller, the pen will not attach. Simply purchase your 2 x 4's in the sizes you need, six feet and/or ten feet, and attach them together with the drill, hinges, and screws. This should form a base, in the size of a rectangle or square. If you want the pen higher off the ground that the width of the 2 x 4's, you may consider building a second frame and attach it to the top of the first one.

Fasten plywood around the edges of the frame to give it extra support, and a more finished appearance.

Cover the top of the platform frame with plywood, attaching with your drill and screws. Cut the plywood to fit. This will be the bottom of the dog pen, so be sure you find a solid and thicker plywood to use for this.

Attach each side of the dog pen fencing to the edges of your platform with your drill, screws, and hinges. You should attach the fencing securely, using at least three hinges - one on each end, and one in the middle. For larger or heavier fencing, you may consider 4 attachments.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add straw or bedding to the pen to provide your dog with a softer surface. Cedar or pine shavings also work well, and are easy to clean.
  • Check your gate before securing to make sure it swings open and shut with ease, and doesn't scrape across the bottom of your platform. You may need to shave down a section if it does.

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