Kennel Floor Maintenance – A Scraper
Gun Dog Magazine

By Carl H. Altenbernd

In our part of the country, northwestern Minnesota, winter is tough. We have at least five to six months of cold weather. This makes maintenance of a dog kennel concrete floor very difficult because you cannot wash the floor. So the wastes have a tendency to stick to the concrete with the ice and snow.

There are a couple of ways to work around these problems. We could build a shelter over the kennel runs and eliminate the snow and ice but, we still have the frozen stools and urine. You could move the dog into your house or you can purchase a good ice scraper. Not just any old scraper works efficiently. I use the scraper illustrated in the photo. What makes this tool so unique is the razor-sharp, thin scraper and heavy duty 1-1/2 inch thick pipe handle. A tough, thin scraper is needed to clean up the hardest material on a kennel floor. You will find that this type of scraper will do a quicker and more efficient job. Better yet, it cost me only $15. You can get a Flexible Steel Scraper made by the Union Fork and Hoe Co., Columbus, Ohio 43216. Do not forget, a clean kennel floor makes for a healthy dog and a lot less work next spring.

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