Kennel Bytes is dedicated to helping kennel owners around the world design and build better facilities that will improve dog husbandry. Years ago I made a video to show family and friends the kennel I was building. At the time I focused on the challenges facing me including use and building permits, zoning regulations, and managing a huge learning curve as I became a planner, designer, developer, heavy equipment operator, and builder. I had no idea that this one video would lead to others and draw attention from all over the world. Because of this I want to go back to the beginning to readdress good basic kennel design, practices and dog husbandry. This will be a work in progress as I continue to learn and as my many expansion projects evolve. For the time being, this page will contain bytes of information that will take shape and become better organized later on.
Kennels can be separated into three categories: Hobby kennels, pro hobby, and commercial.
Hobby Kennel: This type kennel is generally part of the owner's residence and is used for personal pets, training, light breeding and light rescue/rehabilitation. It may contain portable kennels, cable runs, chains, and containment areas. A hobby kennel does not generally have zoning restrictions but may require a small kennel permit issued by animal control.
Pro hobby kennel: This type kennel is often part of the owner's residence and is used for breeding, training, and rescue/rehabilitation. Boarding and grooming may not be legal in some areas without obtaining permits. This type of kennel might have storage-type buildings converted into kennels, portable kennels, cable runs, chains and containment areas. Zoning requirements and special use permits may apply depending on where the kennel is located.
Commercial kennel: In addition to all the uses described above, the commercial kennel can offer professional boarding and grooming, veterinarian services, extensive training, and retail products. This type kennel requires commercial use and building permits and must comply with local zoning regulations. For example, a kennel located within city limits might be only allowed as an indoor facility with restricted use of outdoor containment areas, depending on location. Since commercial kennels are generally built on commercial or industrial lots, it is illegal in some areas to have any type of personal residence on the premises. Possible exceptions are kennels grandfathered in from the past or, as in my case, properties that remain R4 residential with the kennel facility and its expansions sectioned off as commercial. Depending on the area the commercial type kennel may require that the property have a rating of C2 commercial for an all indoor facility and C3 for an indoor/outdoor facility.