Whether building or buying a new outside kennel run or re-building an old one, a gun dog owner can create a better final product by following guidelines developed through the experiences of many other canine caretakers. The suggestions offered here are mostly from Gun Dog readers who have spent considerable time, effort and money learning how to locate, design and construct an outdoor home for their canines. Along the way, mistakes were made, but good ideas prevailed. These are some of the best of them. Deciding on a location is an important first step in building a kennel run because the place chosen will contribute directly to the design of the structure and influence the choice of materials and methods of construction in producing the final product. A kennel located far away from the owner’s house will have different features from the run connected directly to an attached garage. Each location has advantages and shortcomings that need attention before design and construction begin. “A kennel located several yards from a human dwelling has the advantage of separating people from dog noise (barking), dog odor (the smell of canine urine and feces) and flies (attracte...