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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-06-2009, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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I didn't know which forum to place this, please move if needed. I figured breeders would be more knowledgable than general pet owners as breeders have kennel/runs and know what is best for the ground.
We are thinking of building an outdoor run/kennel for the dogs when the weather turns to mud instead of this clean snow we are so use to! The place we have chosen is an area that is completely shaded/NW corner and in an L of our house. There would be a door to access it from inside the house. They would only be out there for a short time to do their business early am. and late pm or if we had to put them somewhere, because of company, ect.
Right now, there is river rock in this area. Would we remove it or could we put down a thick layer of pea gravel to cover the 2 inch size river rock. It has been there at least 15 yrs and is pretty deep/embedded. Opinions are appreciated!

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I don't know from experience or anything but that sounds to me like the perfect base to put the gravel over. I would think it would pack down very nicely

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Pea gravel doesn't pack. It remains loose and sifty permanently. Which makes for good drainage, but is a bit trickier to sanitize, and also likely to scatter all over the place as the dogs run around and dig in it.

IMO, sealed concrete or patio pavers are the best in terms of keeping dogs clean and being easy clean up. But pea gravel is a great 2nd choice.


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Is it true that dogs kept on concrete causes problems with their joints or is that a urban legend

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My dogs wouldn't be out there long enough to get a joint problem! I think if a dog had a cot to lay on and weren't kenneled at long stretches there should be no problems w/joints.
I think we may go w/ the pea gravel as removing the river rock would be so time consuming maybe put a screen around the outsidebottom of the fencing to keep in the small stuff. And then there would be river rock around the outside of the fence before it blends in w/ the lawn.

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I definitely think concrete is worth it. I have pea gravel, hate it! I have to bleach/water spray it, rake it. If you get a digger, they will dig down through it. I even had put wire deep under the run itself, still pulled it up. Plus if they get running, it sprays all over. I didn't kennel my dogs on it fulltime at all and they still did some damage to it.

Concrete is easy to clean and maintain.

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Maybe we'll go that route, my DH great friend drives a concrete truck, we could get some leftovers!

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Originally Posted By: onyx'girlMy dogs wouldn't be out there long enough to get a joint problem!
Oh I understand that but I was wondering if you guys ever heard about a conection to keeping dogs on concrete and arthritus. I mean it would be super easy to clean but I never considered it because I had always heard about the joint thing. Not just with Sheps but any dog. Maybe its just a myth.

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I use fake wood like the kind used on piers. Easy to clean and easy on the dogs.

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We have wood as a base in the barn/kennel building.


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