Many homeowners jump on the do-it-yourself bandwagon, but there are many things to consider before rushing into a DIY project. Dog runs in particular have made a recent comeback. These shaded areas offer dogs respite from the day in a cool outdoor lounging area. Spring is just around the corner and Carolinas homeowners will spend more and more time outdoors as the ice thaws. Don’t leave your dogs inside – bring them outside with you with a state-of-the-art dog run!
Do you plan to refill dishes of water every morning (and throughout the day) or would you like to invest in something a little more permanent? Some pet owners build faucets in their dog runs for easy access. Others create less-obvious sources of rejuvenation, such as waterfalls or splash pads. Make sure water is easily accessible to your dog and that they know how to reach it.
There are many options when it comes to choosing the best surfacing for the inside of your dog run. Materials like wood chips are difficult to keep clean, and many pet owners find themselves constantly brushing chips from their pet’s fur. Better options include anti-bacterial mats over gravel and landscape fabric or artificial pet turf. Synthetic grass is popular in North and South Carolina because it requires little maintenance and can save homeowners up to 50 percent on their monthly water bills.
The walls of your dog run may need to be taller if you have a large dog or one who is prone to jumping. Research fencing options online to determine the best height for your dog’s breed. Many websites say chicken wire is appropriate “fencing,” but be careful with this recommendation – if your dog is prone to jumping, their paws may get caught, potentially causing injury. Instead, try sturdier chain link fencing or wooden panels with Plexiglas “peepholes” for your dog to see through.
Be sure the dog run has a tree or alternate shade source nearby. Try not to clutter the dog run with too many plants; after all, your dog will be more interested in toys or in watching everything that’s going on around them. If you want to plant a bush, do your research. Choose a plant variety that is non-toxic and capable of withstanding the dog’s curiosity.
Whether you’re looking to create your pet’s dream dog house or an outdoor retreat, there is much to consider when it comes to the health and safety of your pets. Turn to companies that produce quality artificial turf landscaping, such as Southeast Turf / SYNLawn Carolina, for additional information and landscaping options in the Carolinas.