Cost to Build a Dog Run – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 480

$ 318

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 76% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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The average price to Build a Dog Run noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

The cost to build a dog run yourself is $318 compared with hiring a fence contractor which costs $480.

What we humans won’t do for our dogs! We’ve all heard of the extremes, but a basic dog kennel is a sensible way to create a safe outdoor area for pets to roam and rest. We’re talking about a chain-link structure best situated in a location in the yard that’s dry, level, and shaded from the sun, and that’s sold as a kit so it’s relatively easy to build.

The modular kits – in different configurations and sizes – are a system of frames, mesh panels, a gate, and roof panel. The unit is secured with tie-down stakes and anchors hammered into the ground. While some kits are made of mesh panels that fit together, others require stretching the mesh fabric on the frames.

A fence contractor will charge $480 to install a 6-by-12-foot gated kennel that’s 6 feet high, This includes the labor and material. You can buy a kennel kit of similar size for $318 and install it and pocket a 33 percent saving. You’ll find kennel kits sold online and at home and lawn centers and at fence companies.

In many communities, an outdoor structure requires a building permit, so check with your local building department to see if one is needed. The depth depends on the frost line (how deep the ground freezes) is your area. There may be other restrictions about the height of the kennel, which often falls under the category of a fence project.

Working with chainlink mesh fencing can be rough on your hands. Wear heavy workgloves for protection.

Here’s instructions from True Value to Build a Dog Run.

The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to build a dog run with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision.

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Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.