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Construction Paws

Welcome to Construction Paws. A webpage we designed especially for kids that like to make and build stuff with their hands. All of the activities on this page will help you become a more responsible dog owner, and (once done correctly) will help you and your dogs remain safe and happy.


We have loads of resources and content here to help you build your very own doggy creations, and we would simply love to see what you’ve made.

If you’ve built something on this page, (or even something doggy related that ISN’T on this page) ask an adult to send us a photo of your creation at [email protected]


Doggy Den Blueprints

Think about a dog’s closest relative in the wild; wolves and foxes. When wolves and foxes go to sleep at night, do they sleep in open fields? Or do they make dens for themselves that are nice and cosy? We all know it’s the later. That is because canines (the family that dogs, wolves and foxes belong to) feel really secure when they have a lair to reside in. 


Enrichment allows animals to demonstrate their species-typical behaviour, gives them opportunity to exercise control or choice over their environment and enhances their well-being. That’s a mouthful eh?

Essentially, enrichment is something that animal workers use to increase the welfare of the animals in their care.

So why not build your dog their very own doggy den. The first thing you’ll need for this den is permission from the grownups you and your dog live with. But once you have that, follow the instructions on our unique doggy den blueprints (which you can download at the bottom of this page), and happy building.

Usually, enrichment takes advantages of abilities the animal would use in the wild and is really good for animals' brains, and their bodies. Pets love enrichment- a hamster wheel, or a budgie mirror are all types of enrichment. And as for dogs, well there are dozens of ways you can add enrichment to your dog's life. In fact we’ve made the below video for you, so you can make your own enrichment box for your dog.



Send us a photo of your den once its finished, but once your dog is in the den leave them be. Remember that dogs always prefer to be left alone when relaxing or sleeping.


Once you’ve made your box, ask a grownup to take a photo or make a video of your dog and their new toy. Send it to us at [email protected]

We can’t wait to see how you got on.

Snuffle Mats

As the rainy days grow more plentiful in autumn, you might find yourself stuck indoors more with your dog. While dogs do still their exercise, even when it is raining, providing a snuffle mat for them is a great way to get their brains active. Hide little treats among the treads and watch your dog use their nose to sniff them out. Brain power can be just as tiring a physical exercise for a dog, and if you don’t have the materials to make your own snuffle matt, you could always use an old shower matt.