Quick Tips for Success: Kennel Design with Behavior and Welfare Considerations – Croney Research Group


Croney Research Group

Designing animal facilities to accommodate behavior is particularly important for dogs, who are intended to serve as or produce lifelong companions and “good citizens” in their homes and communities. (Learn more: Kennel Design with Behavior and Welfare Considerations Handout).  This handout provides ideas and suggestions for design elements that go above and beyond state and federal regulations with the aim of addressing the welfare needs of kenneled dogs.


Coppola, C.L., Enns, R.M., and Grandin, T. (2006). Noise in the animal shelter environment: Building design and the effects of daily noise exposure. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 9(1), 1-7.

Kogan, L.R., Schoenfeld-Tacher, R. & Simon, A.A. (2012). Behavioral effects of auditory stimulation on kenneled dogs. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 7, 268-275.

Stella, J., Hurt, M., Bauer, A., Gomes, P., Ruple, A., Beck, A., and Croney, C. (2018). Does Flooring Substrate Impact Kennel and Dog Cleanliness in Commercial Breeding Facilities? Animals, 8(4), 59; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani8040059.


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Topic(s): Bare Bones Basics, Breeder Resource, Designs that Support Good Welfare, Environment, Kennel Design