Hi, I was wondering if any1 knows of a good and inexpensive flooring for an outdoor kennel thats way cheaper then laying a slab. Its for a single dog kennel thats 7.5'x13'. I dont even own a dog yet i just wanted everything in place b4 i get 1. A slab would cost 300, i have 100. Any ideas? Thanx alot!
You're so right Cshimizzi! If a person uses the pea gravel and feeds a high quality dog food, the poos can be lifted with a litter box scooper. I would actually suggest gravel over a cement run because if it is not sealed properly it can absorb alot of nasty stuff like bacteria...ewwww :)--PuPz
Thanx for the replies. I went to lowes and they have bags of rocks and gravel. $2.50 for a .5 cubic foot bag. Id have to spend a few thousand dollars to get enough. i have $100. any other ideas? thanx again.
We have a concrete run. It's so worth it too! It's easy to clean. We spray it down everyday and 3 times a week it's scrubbed with bleach water to make sure it remains sanitary. I would highly suggest you try and save up and get a cement run. This is just my opinion but I think you'll find that pea gravel will be hard to maintain and would seem it would harbor bacteria and such that you couldn't easily remove like you can on cement.
Dreamweaver, I completely agree with you. Our concrete floor in the dog run was well worth the price. We wash it down all the time as well, but this is the best thing: Chez does not pee or poop in it ever. He likes it clean in his run and actually holds it until we let him out and take him in the bush for his business. We also put a roof over the dog run, that way he has protection from all elements: rain, sun, etc.
What's great about the wood deck is you put it up on cinder blocks and the urine drops through the floor and they never have to stand in it. My neighbors behind us just got done building it and they love it! You spray it off periodically and it's good to go. The worst thing about doing it with cement is your dogs will get caulluses like you wouldn't believe on their elbows and the bottom of their legs where they lay.
Dear Flgator77, Hello there! I don't know of anything else you can use that is sanitary. You could just put down grass, but then again, I'm not sure if that would be sanitary. It is a good idea to prepare for your dog. Grass is the only other thing I know of besides gravel, but that may hurt the dog's paws after a while. You could also try sand, but again, not too sanitary. Good Luck, LindyLou
I'm in the same predicament. I'm about to buy a house and repopulate my life with a couple of large companions. There will be a 5 ft by 75 ft space behind the house. One long side will be a wood fence, the other long side will be the back of the house. I'll put iron gates at each end so they can see whats happening outside. It will be well shaded and they will have access to the garage from the kennel. At other locales, I've tried pea gravel, rock, grass. None were satisfactory... the grass soon turns to dirt, and cleaning up poop without winding up with a scoop of gravel is next to impossible. So, I want to try either asphalt or concrete. Asphalt because I think it will be softer on their joints. For those of you using concrete... when you hose it down, where are you hosing it to? do you have some sort of drainage? or do you just hose off into your yard? thanx
When it is very hot asphalt gets a weird and gooy and tarry.....I dont' think it would be good for the dogs. If you don't want to hire a contractor to pour the concrete try doing it yourself. Set up forms (find intructions on the web for this) use a 2x4 to level off the concrete. If you are worried about the appearance hire someone qualified.
Hi , I did the floor a panels like you are talking about. They work good but put something on them for suport . When they get wet they can be slick. I have 2 english mastiff on them and work good for them. I just shovel the poo off and pressure wash they rest off once a week and spray it off everyday. YOu know mastiff poo is like a horse. Also i put the stall mats down for them you can get at a feed store. not really costly about 35.00 for one. And they spray off easy to. drill a few holes for drainage. But do put something on it like little stripes of wood across works to keep it from getting slick if you dont have a roof yet.What kinda dog are you getting?
My husband and I did the cement slab by ourselves. We did the outside forms by using wood which we removed after it was hardened. Just had the cement company bring their truck and pour while we smoothed it. Once it was set and completely hardened my husband rented a saw of some sorts to cut into the cement every 3 feet or so so it won't split eventually. It turned out AWESOME! As far as drainage, we don't use the run all that often but when we do we just pick up the poo and we have slight drains out the perimeter of the run to spray the rest off. We've never had a problem with odor or pee killing the grass on the outside of the run. But then again like I said we don't use it all the time either. The problem I see with the deck type where the fece's and pee fall down below it...is that has got to start smelling after awhile. The strong fumes from pee couldn't be good for the dogs after awhile. How would you clean that area underneath out?? Is there enough space to crawl under there and clean it or is it just dirt?