Coyote-Proof Dog Run

July 1st, 2011 · 15 Comments

This caught my eye and I thought some would appreciate it.  It’s not ugly.  It’s practical and clever.  From a home in Sun City West, Arizona.  Many homes in that town do not have fenced back yards.  Lots of jackrabbits and some coyotes wander around.

Here’s what one home owner did to protect his/her small dogs, so writes his/her agent:
“This is a totally coyote proof dog run. I have never seen one like it. There is a small doggie door in the kitchen and artificial grass in the pen. It is very easy to open and clean.”

dog run caged shaded protection from coyotes predators Sun City West Arizona home house

“The considerate owners made a sunscreen for their pets. When they are away from home, they close the two kitchen doors so the dogs have the run of the kitchen and utility room. The first day they installed the dog run, two coyotes had their paws on the fence, looked down at the tiny dogs. Then the coyotes gave up and walked away.”

dog run caged shaded protection from coyotes predators Sun City West Arizona home house

Tags: Back Yard · Not Ugly · Other Arizona Cities · Pets

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Julia // Jul 1, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    It breaks my heart when I see a dog chained up, water dish upside down and no food, chained several yards away from the house, with no shade and probably ignored 99% of the time. This pet owner had a clever and considerate idea for their pet. I know not everyone is able to give this kind of good care for their animals, but at least please make sure there is water, food, shade and daily happy interaction!

  • 2 Picky // Jul 1, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    What a great idea and it looks easy to keep clean. @Julia – I agree. If you see it again, call ASPCA. It is actionable in Arizona.

  • 3 Liz S. // Jul 1, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Please let me know if this house comes up for sale, I want it !

  • 4 john // Jul 2, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I think the owners were clever and very dear for doing this for their pets!

  • 5 PK // Jul 3, 2011 at 4:56 am

    I’d love something like this for my cat if I ever have a house. Lets him sit outside and watch the world go by safely, not to mention it is better for the birds.

  • 6 VWgal // Jul 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I think this is lovely. I assume that the doggy door remains unlocked and that these small dogs are able to come in and out as needed. My folks live in Sun City and have smaller dogs, they have to watch them constantly while in the back yard since it is VERY common to see ‘yotes looking for snacks. I think this is great – especially if they made it easy to open and hose down etc.

  • 7 Marlene Zocchi // Aug 28, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    How do you get in to clean it??

  • 8 Roseanna // Apr 19, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Hello, could the owner of the home who has this setup for their pet please contact me at to share information on how they built this? We are wanting a similar setup for our 5 lb Yorkie Terrier in Scottsdale. I would very much appreciate any assistance you can give me with this. Thank you!

  • 9 Leif // Apr 19, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    You can buy fence sections at hardware stores. Attach them with zip cords. Perhaps find one with a gate so it can be opened from the top.

  • 10 Roseanna // Apr 20, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks for the information, Leif. I appreciate it. Roseanna

  • 11 Laurel // Sep 11, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Love it! This needs a pin(terest) button!

  • 12 Gary // Oct 26, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I would love to know who built this. I need one for my two small dogs.

  • 13 Carol Goodroe // Nov 10, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    I would appreciate it the owner of this dog pen could contact me . I have a house in SCW, AZ where I would like to install similar. We see the coyotes frequently and my 25 lb puppy loves to sit on patio doing “neighborhood watch.” Thanks

  • 14 Leif // Nov 10, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Carol, thank you for asking about the dog pen. This home sold over 6.5 years ago. The sellers are long gone. Show these photos to a handyman; he’ll be able to figure it out. Just need 3 fence sections plus hinges, basically.

  • 15 Carol Goodroe // Nov 17, 2017 at 8:42 pm


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