The minimum you need to provide is more than just food, shelter, and water. You must protect your investment. Losing even one dog can set your program back years.
Creating a system that requires less effort for you, BUT maximizes the life and happiness of the dog. That is the perfect equation.
Having foolproof containment is vital to a good breeding business. Safety, Safety, Safety. Be sure the pens that any small dogs reside in, are surrounded by an exterior fence as well. Two layers is better than one.
Basic Fencing Requirements.
You should have basic security around your containment areas. Security Cameras, and your guard dog should make people stop in their tracks...like my Doberman does.
Also, the guard dog must be able to protect any area someone could enter, not just the main access. PITA activist have been known to come on breeders property and release all of the dogs. (What they don't realize is that means some of you dogs will get killed by the others, but they don't seem to think about that.)
No one ever believes me when they come to the place and don't smell a thing. We don't have to ever go out and pick up the poop. Of course you have to have pens large enough based on your dog, but we have run up to 5 Doxies OR 2 Dobermans in a 10x 25 and never had to clean.
This is what it looked like installing the rocks. This made a 50 x 25 pad, which made 5 pens for me. At the time, the Rip Rap was about $500 a load as well as one load of 2-3" gravel. Millings was $300 Skid steer guy was $300. I did the concrete I set the pens on myself with about $50 of bagged concrete. So all of that was around $2200.
This is a video after installed. I am doing a new kennel, and I will try to show each step and will probably delete these old videos, but some of you can't wait for those videos.
One thing not mentioned in the videos is that underneath the rip rap, the ground has to be slopped away. doesn't matter if it is all to one side, or to the back, but needs to be away from your walkways and buildings. .
The rock system works great, but adding a running path as well as a way for dogs not to be able to dig thru is just as important. We do this the day before we add the pens.
I, a fat 50 year old woman, do this concrete by myself. I decide how many bags a day I can handle and then just keep going till it's done. Main reason is that it is almost impossible to get someone to do this correctly all at once. Everyone thinks they know how far it is between panels, but some pen manufacturers short you an inch or 2. So get up one pen and then move on to the next. If someone comes in and does it, by the last pen, then pen may not even touch the concrete and then you have to go back and add more so everyone has a runner. (Yes, learned this the hard way with the first set.)
FYI - those toppers take 3 people and at least one needs to be able to reach above 6 ft.