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3 Features of a Well-Designed Dog Run

A dog
A fenced-in backyard makes the perfect playground for a dog. Yet many people own homes with unfenced yards, which make it hard to let your dog enjoy unsupervised time outdoors. Fortunately, you can create a safe outdoor space for your pups by hiring an experienced contractor to build a dog run in your backyard.

Before breaking ground, however, you should educate yourself about some of the features that go into a well-designed dog run. That way, you can ensure that your dog ends up with the best possible outdoor area. This article takes a look at three design features that will make your dog run more comfortable, secure, and easy to maintain.

1. Concrete Reinforced Posts

Like fences and other outdoor structures, a dog run has to be solidly built. Otherwise, it simply won't be able to withstand environmental wear and tear. In addition, a dog run has to be strong enough to stand up to the stresses that your pups put on it. Large dogs, especially, can exert quite a lot of force on the walls of a dog run.

Less solidly built dog runs often sag, tilt, or even collapse as time goes on. To prevent this from happening, experienced fence contractors usually choose to reinforce the dog run's posts with concrete. First, the contractor digs holes that are no less than 18 inches deep. With the post in place and leveled, they then pour fresh concrete around it.

2. Washable Pad

For the most part, a dog run resembles a small fenced-in yard within your yard. For best results, the size of the dog run must be tailored for your particular dog; larger pets will need larger dog runs in order to enjoy full mobility. But the best dog runs differ from fenced-in yards in one key way: the material used to create the floor of the dog run, also known as the pad.

Many people wonder why they can't simply use the pre-existing grass and dirt as their dog run's pad. While using the ground is great way to cut down on costs, it tends to turn your dog run into a huge mess over time. Gradually, the ground will turn into a pit of mud - mud that will then be tracked all over your house each time you let your dog inside.

Some form of hard paving makes the best pad for a dog run. Concrete presents an easy and economical choice, one that also allows for easy cleaning. Liquid waste can be removed by spraying the pad with a hose. Concrete pads also make it easier to remove solid waste thoroughly.

Homeowners worried about the heat of a concrete pad during summertime often choose artificial turf instead. Like concrete, artificial turf tends to be easy to clean since liquid waste can be easily rinsed away with a hose. Attractive yet less functional pad options include gravel, wood chips, and paving stones. On average, most people find concrete to be the best choice.

3. Sloped Pad

Another key aspect of dog run construction involves creating a gentle slope for the pad. A slight angle ensures that puddles won't form on the pad. Instead, water can easily run down the pad into the yard at the end. Alternately, some homeowners choose to install French drains or other water management systems to help prevent water run-off from creating problems for their yard.

A dog run gives beloved pets a way to enjoy time outdoors while you're away from home. For more information about what it takes to build a dog run that will truly stand up to the tests of time, please don't hesitate to contact the fencing pros at Tri City Fence Co.