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    Default Kennel Septic System?

    Not sure where to post this but Ill try here. Ive got a 4-run kennel Im putting up at our new house. Each of the pens is 10x10 and Im going to pour a concrete pad roughly 44x15. That leaves 2 of concrete extending past each narrow end, a 3 walkway in front of the long end to access the doors, and 2 on the opposite long end or the back of the kennels. Im planning on putting in a trench drain along that back end to rinse the pee and poo into - that will drain into a septic tank and then the waste water will run out of that and be daylighted. Does anyone have experience with a septic system like this on dog kennels? Any ideas how much fall I should have in the trench itself and then also the schedule 40 pvc that leads to the septic tank? Should I send all the drain to one end or slope each half of the kennel to the middle and run it to the septic tank from there so I can have more fall in the drain? A quarter bubble on a level works well on similar systems for people but our #2 floats and dog #2 sinks for the most part. Or is this system even the best option? Any and all info is much appreciated. Im just tired of scooping poop every night after work and the smell of the dog pee/poop lingering around. It would be much nicer to just rinse it down a drain.

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    Sounds like an ambitious undertaking, but understand regards the odor et al from four dogs.

    Your plan calls for the waste to be "day lighted." I assume you are going to install a digester tank and run the stuff into the tank and let it percolate into the ground.

    The pitch of the gutters probably isn't critical; you'll need to hose the gutters with a strong spray. Installing plastic gutters in the soil might be easier than forming gutters with cement. Not sure how to do this...

    Let us know how you proceed and if possible, send photos of your work.

    Good luck!

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    Each pen being 10'x10' seems quite generous. Most that I see are 10'x6' or 12'x6'. Length somewhat depends on if your dog boxes are inside the pen or outside of it. One of the nicest setups that I have seen along the same system that you are thinking about, but on a larger scale, is what Steve Chang with Godfather Gundogs has at his facility in Colorado. The link I'll post below shows his kennel setup and the trench he has that runs in front of each kennel. He is easily able to hose out the kennels into the trench and then down to some type of septic system. Maybe you could give Steve a call and ask him how he handles the waste.

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    My experience cleaning kennels with a septic system is minimal. But have found it much easier to shovel the poop than to wash it down the scupper as water flow doesn't get it done. The septic is nice for daily washdown/disinfection (boarding kennel). Usually with morning and night airing we don't have much to shovel or washdown unless a dog has an upset stomach.

    I'm with Zeb 10x10 is really big go half as large and get 4 more dogs! Plus a smaller kennel will reduce the likely hood of accidents in the run.
    "We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made." M.Facklam

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    Thanks for the info guys. Steve in Colorado has quite the set up, Ill be giving him a call. I realize the pens are roomy but already have them on hand. Although a few panels would probably be cheaper than concrete right now...

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