Kennels and Kennelling   


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If you keep a number of Staffords it is clear that you will need to maintain them out of doors.Provided the accommodation given is warm,and dry and comfortable,completely free from draughts,the dogs will thrive well enough.Obviously,they will need plenty of fresh air and exercise more of the latter perhaps, than the dog that enjoys the luxuries of the family circle and who can trot around more or less at will. Further, a kennel kept dog is unlikely to receive much fuss and affection compared with the housedog. An owner is advised to compenste the kennel dwellers accordingly, to talk to them, and fuss them a little at every opportunity.







He will find himself amply repaid with obedience and affectionate response.A kennel dog misses companionship, therefore suffers a little in the development of his intelligence and knowledge of human behaviour.Such dogs sometimes prove failures im the home of a new owner due to their immaturity in these matters.If a kennel range is to be purchased remmember there are some good prefabricated structures available.The models extend from a single dog-kennel to sumptuous ranges fitted out with every conceivable facility. For the small breeder and beginner a range of four kennels is ideal.  











If possible, have a small equipment cupboard built on the end wherebrushes,,pans,mops etc.,can be stored with wood-wool and sawdust supplies. As far away from the main range as possible install an isolation kennel, suitable for sleeping an off-colour dog or used specifically for whelping bitches. Always ensure that kennels are high enough for  you to stand up in,allowing you to work in comfort.The average Staffordshire Bull Terrier requires kennel sleeping space of about 9 sq,ft and a private run of about 10 ft in length from his door, although this can be extended to advantage.No dog should be permitted to sleep on his kennel floor; a raised bench within his house will guard him against killer draughts.













This bench should be removable for cleaning and replenishment of  bedding must be either wood-wool,to be changeddaily or warm blankets which will need frequent attention.Sawdust should be sprinkled on the kennel floor itself, and the entire living room gone over with a mild disinfectant regulary, the same scrupulous cleanliness being applied to the kennel run, although this should be scrubbed wit a more powerful agent such as Dettol. For safety's sake make sure that doors leading into the kennel are contrived in such a way that you can open the exterior door to let yourself into the run. You are then faced with a second door to gain access to the dogs,but you cannot do this until you have closed the exit.












Kennel run sides should be at least as high as the kennel;they should be of strong chain-link and, if possible,roofed with the same link.Staffordshire Bull Terrier's are determined dog's and a good one can clamber up Io ft of chain-link fencing and drop down the other side quite easily.Never erect kennels under trees>Try to find a well-drained spot for the range and face them to the south-west away from the district's prevailing winds if possible.The area should allow free passage of fresh air and a good part of the day's sunshine.Remember that clean,cool water should be available to the dogs at all times,and one last warning make sure that the link fencing is of small gauge opening so that neighbouring dogs cannot make contact. 















The same applies to the partittions between the kennelsthemselves.The author recalls an incident many years ago when Ch.Fearless Red of bandits had his kennel mate Major Mont by the lip through a mere aperture of slightly more than one inch between the roof and partition of their adjoining kennels.Major Mont was not particulary lippy either !









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