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Old 08-31-2006, 02:59 PM   #1
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Question Dog run surface?

I am hoping to get my first dog in a couple of months. I'm thinking about setting up a kennel and dog run at the end of my garden for him to go in for a couple of hours while I'm at work.

Wondering what sort of surface to use for the run? The area is currently very overgrown and will be completely cleared down to mud. Our soil is quite clay filled.

I live in the south of england if this makes any difference. Any advice greatly appreciated.

Also any advice on building/ buying a run and/or kennel would also be greatly appreciated.

Also not sure what type of dog I'd like yet, it will probably not be a puppy, possibly a whippet or retired greyhound.

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Old 08-31-2006, 03:41 PM   #2
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I use cement on the outer parts, but inside of my kennel runs where they can sleep/shade bathe, i use matting.

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Well, A Concrete Run Would Most Likely Be The Safest, In Case Of A Worm Problem In Your Dog Later, But It May Not Be The Most Comfortable. Maybe Someone Else Has A Suggestion About Padding. You May Want To Have A Dog House Inside The Kennel. As Far As That Goes, If You Are Mechanically Inclined, You Could Make The Kennel Yourself. But Most Pet Supply Stores In My Area At Least Sell Them.
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My dog kennels are made from the Magnum weld with cement ten by ten surface with slope to run into a trough and hosed down to one area for pickup. I have Amish made big dog houses with shingled roofs. During the day my dogs run in a pack of 8 all day and kenneled or brought inside for safety purposes. I put rubber stip of matting in the kennels for ones that might have to stay due to heat cycles, puppies etc. This helps soften the cement, but I have yet t0 need to clip toenails either. No sore on pads, or elbows.
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As you live in the south of England were our weather is unpredictable what about buying a small shed and and cutting the door in half - like a stable door. You could put gravel/pebble over the mud and some of the false turf on top which you can discard if it gets bad or just wash over.

You could also put a shelf inside with a raised platform to avoid drafts

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Funnily enough I have just posted about this on another forum.

We have a kennel (if you can call it that) that we made/customised ourselves, we have a few more bits to do to it but its ok for the time being, it will hopefully have the finishing touches in the next few months.

This is what we did:

Bought a big shed (well fairly big), stained it with waterproofing stain stuff (inside & out), insulated it on the inside, covered the insulating with steel sheeting to make it chew proof and easy to clean down, and laid down a load of vet bed, we also put corner guards on the outside so they can't chew the corners. The door to the shed is left open so he can come & go as he pleases & our yard is secure with a 6 1/2 foot brick wall.

In the next few months we will be turning the door into a stable door, having a roof light put in that I can turn on from inside the house & insulating the ceiling.

I am in the north of England (Manchester) if that helps!

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As you live in the south of England were our weather is unpredictable what about buying a small shed and and cutting the door in half - like a stable door. You could put gravel/pebble over the mud and some of the false turf on top which you can discard if it gets bad or just wash over.

You could also put a shelf inside with a raised platform to avoid drafts
Just to mention, shed company's will only erect a shed on solid ground such as flagging or concrete.

We also put flags under the corners of ours to raise it off the ground slightly to stop heavy rain swamping the botton & causing it to rott.

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That looks brilliant! You could start off a new business.

Do you have problems with condensation with it being metal inside?

I agree with putting paving slabs under the shed. (I've a robin who nests each year at the back of our shed)

Manchester just over the snake pass - hope we are not going to get snowed in this winter - probably not with global warming.

Your dog is cute.

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That looks brilliant! You could start off a new business.

Do you have problems with condensation with it being metal inside?
Thanks.

No there is no condensation with it being metal at all but the door is always open for my dog(s) to come & go as they please so its well airiated/ventilated which may be why.

Our main worry as it was done in the really hot period this summer was that it would get too warm or over heat but because of the way we faced it it didn't get sun in it too much and the metal actually stayed nice & cool, I actually went & sat out their a few times too cool off, just hope it stays warm in winter, although being of northern type my dogs have very thick double coats so winter shouldn't really be much of a problem as long as its comfy & dry.

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Thanks for all the advice. That shed looks amazing. Want to come and build mine? :P

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