Dog Kennel Flooring – Outdoor Dog Run Floor Options

Outdoor dog kennel flooring is the base, or foundation upon which your dog’s run is placed. Since your dog may spend a great deal of time in their kennel you want to make sure you select a dog run floor that is comfortable, easy to clean, and resistant to the outdoor elements and extreme temperatures, while providing a safe environment for your pet. It also helps if your kennel floor drains well and is odor and stain resistant.

Some options to consider include:

Grass

Grass flooring for a dog kennel is easiest of all the kennel flooring options. Simply put your dog kennel together and set it up in your yard. Since there is no flooring, the dog run itself may be moved around the yard as needed.

The obvious drawback to just using the lawn as the base for the dog run is that it’s harder to keep clean, it is a perfect breeding ground for bugs and pests such as fleas, it doesn’t grow back quickly when it gets worn out, and it turns to mud when it gets wet. Overall, it’s not very sanitary and your dog can track all of this filth into your house.

One thing’s for sure, you’ll be giving your dog baths much more often.

Gravel

Gravel for dog kennels is another option for those wanting a simple solution for their dog kennel flooring. It’s inexpensive and provides somewhat good drainage.

One downside of gravel kennel floors is maintenance. It needs to be raked daily to keep it smooth and comfortable for your dog’s paws. Scooping out dog waste can be tricky. You will also need to clean and disinfect it from time to time. To do this spray on a mixture of bleach and water then rake and rinse. Over time pea gravel will work its way out into your yard, which can ruin your grass or your lawn mower.

Health concerns include dogs chewing on or eating the gravel and it getting wedged in their paws, causing discomfort.

Wood

Wooden dog kennel flooring is a good option as long as it’s been treated so that it’s waterproof as well as odor and stain resistant. If it has not been treated then you face issues such as mold and wood rot.

As with any kennel flooring, regular cleaning is required, and a mild detergent with odor eliminators is preferable.

Wood dog run flooring is light weight and easy to transport, should you ever need to move your dog run.

Concrete

One popular option is concrete dog kennel flooring. It’s the most widely used flooring for kennels. The benefits of a cement dog run floor is its durability, weather resistance, and longevity. It is also easy to clean. Simply wash it off with the hose or a power washer. A mild detergent may also be applied.

Some drawbacks to concrete kennel floors include the cost. It is one of the more expensive kennel flooring options. Another thing to consider is that it is permanent. Once it’s poured you cannot move it.

Due to being outdoors, and depending upon the weather, cement dog run floors also may become too hot or cold and make your dog uncomfortable. They can also become damp and smell, even with frequent cleaning. A good solution is to seal the cement dog run with a good concrete floor sealer.

Lastly, the hardness of cement may cause health issues for your dog over time including skeletal problems, joint issues, sore paw pads and an achy body. You would definitely need to put in some type of soft bedding.

With so many dog kennel flooring options in different price ranges, you’re sure to find one that fits your budget and meets your dog’s comfort needs.

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