Followers of this blog have been treated to basically a blow by blow account of the project, so I won't repeat that. Instead, I'll just explain the layout of the yard now, and why I think it represents a huge improvement over the earlier layout.
First, two photographs taken from the deck which overlooks the dog yard. All of the pens have been repositioned to take best advantage of the available shade and to create a wall of chain link between the yard and the heavily wooded area north of the house. This not only helps confine the dogs and also protects them from moose, porcupines, bears, wolves or other wildlife or even stray dogs that may come wandering about.
By carefully measuring to ensure every chain for our swivel & post tethering systems is exactly 6 feet long from post to snap swivel, I was able to ensure that each tethered dog has at least 113 square feet of available space, yet we gained an additional three circles in that part of the yard, giving more options for confining dogs, especially those that don't get along well with a pen mate. With the combination of pens and tethers, we can now comfortably house up to 22 dogs in the yard. Our current population is 17.
|Housing area as seen from the deck overlooking the yard|
|Open play and training area as seen from the deck overlooking the yard|
|Northwest entrance to the dog yard|
|Chinook is watching Selene and enjoying the view down the alley between the two rows of post/swivel tethers.|
|Midnight's Son in the isolation pen|
|View from the southeast corner of the yard shows the play area and deck overlooking the yard|
|View of the yard from the truck gate.|