How Much Does a Dog Run Cost?

Typical Range:

$80 - $9,000

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Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.

Updated October 21, 2021

Written by HomeAdvisor.

The average cost of a dog run is around $800. A basic, portable puppy pen could cost less than $100, but a large custom-made run with an integrated kennel could set you back as much as $9,000 or more. The cost to install a dog run is wide-ranging—it depends on the size and energy levels of the dog, your available yard space, and the materials used. You can buy a range of prefabricated dog runs off-the-shelf and build others by purchasing the materials.

Average Cost to Install a Dog Run

Average Cost$800
High Cost$9,000
Low Cost$80

Dog Run Cost by Type

Depending on how you plan to use your dog run, you may just want a simple temporary structure or something more permanent. The costs vary considerably depending on how large the run is and the materials used for its construction.

Off-The-Shelf Run or Pen

A basic puppy pen can cost as little as $50 to $80, but these aren’t as secure or strong as a proper dog run.

For a galvanized steel run big enough to use as a secure exercise space for a large breed dog, you could pay anything from around $300 to $800.

Whether you need a simple fold-down pen for a new Yorkshire Terrier puppy or you want a large run for your full-sized German Shepherd, there are dog runs available to buy and build with minimal tools or DIY skills.

Custom-Built Fence Structure

Typically, chain-link fencing costs between $5 and $20 per foot for materials and $10 to $20 per linear foot for installation. It is the most common dog run material.

You can also use welded wire which costs from $1 to $3 per linear foot for materials. It usually needs replacing sooner than chain-link fencing will.

If you’re building a dog run or employing a tradesperson to do it for you, the type of materials used and the amount required will affect costs.

For an average 3 by 10-foot dog run that is six feet high, you could expect to pay between $150 to $1,000. However, if you’re constructing it alongside a building, you can save money since you’ll only need three sides to your fence.

Prefabricated Run With Integrated Kennel

If you want your dog to have more shelter and a bit of luxury, you could opt for a customized dog run with an integrated kennel. Depending on size, materials used for construction, and finish, expect to pay between $3,500 to $10,000. There may be additional charges for shipping or building on site.

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Dog Run Cost Factors


If you use a local fencing contractor, expect labor costs to be around $30 to $70 per hour. For a custom-made prefabricated run, some companies also offer an assembly service for a fee.


Many dog runs have a cover over the top to provide shade, shelter, and additional security. Tarp awnings are the most economical option and will usually cost less than $100. Shingle roofs could set you back as much as $500 or more for materials and installation, and corrugated metal or plastic will fall somewhere in the middle.


Many dog runs simply sit on top of an existing lawn. Using artificial grass, rubber matting, doggy-safe bark chips, or even concrete flooring can be easier to clean, help deter digging, and prevent unsightly stains.

Artificial grass costs around $5 to $20 per square foot, and expect to pay between $3 and $20 per square foot for materials and labor for laying concrete.


Adding insulation or heating will raise your costs if you have a custom-built run with an integrated kennel. The cost to build a dog house yourself could be as low as $70, and up to $500 or more.

Type of Dog

The quality of the fencing material you select will typically have to be higher for large, powerful dogs when compared to that needed to secure a Chihuahua.

If you have a Terrier that loves to dig, the flooring and construction of the dog run will need to be more secure. For larger dogs or expert jumpers, you’ll need a fence higher than the standard 6-foot height, raising the costs.

DIY vs. Hire a Pro

You can save money constructing a dog run made from chain-link or welded wire fencing yourself if you’re a DIY enthusiast with the time and the right tools. However, hiring a pro will give you the peace of mind that you’ll have a secure structure built to last.


What are the benefits of dog runs?

A run gives your dog access to a safe outside area and a designated potty space. It prevents urine patches covering lawns and flower beds from being dug up. It’s also perfect for unsupervised play and exercise.

Are dog runs suitable for long-term housing?

A dog run should not replace daily walks or family interaction. Dogs are social creatures, and they need lots of mental and physical stimulation. As long as you introduce your dog to the run positively, they may be happy to spend a few hours a day in the space with some chews, interactive toys, water, and shelter from inclement weather.

Dog runs aren’t spaces to leave your dog all day or during periods of extreme weather unless there’s an insulated kennel attached.

Is a building permit required to build a dog run?

For a large dog run, you may need a building permit. Before making a large investment, contact your local governing body for confirmation. Building permits cost upwards of $200.

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