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Hi there,


We are building an outdoor run for Timber. Alot of information suggest that grass is bad for them. Does that mean we have to get it concreted over or is grass ok?

Also what other things should i do to make the run, or is it simple just a case of fencing off abit of grass at the bottom of my garden.
 

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I think you should provide enough room for Timber to be able to run and get good execise. As far as the grass question goes, I would lean toward having grass. Having said that, Vinny has bad allergies and grass aggrevates it. If you are confident Timber has no allergies, go for the grass.
 

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Allergies tend to raise their ugly head once the puppy has matured (usually!), so if Timber is allergic to grass, you might no know that until she is about 1 year old.
I would lean towards grass as well, but if you want to go with something else, I know most dog runs here in the city are "paved" with little round stones, like this:
 

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Bo runs around so much, she has trampled the grass away. We'll sometimes have some flooding issues here, so a little deck was built in half of the cage to prevent her from swimming during those times.
 

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Half of my garden is grass the other half is concrete. The dogs have trampled and digged over the grass area so much that it's hard to tell which is grass and which is concrete now hahaha.

If I was to build a dog run in my garden I definately wouldn't have grass. It's hard to pick up the poop out of grass if you don't cut it often enough. The dogs get too muddy when it rains and Rosa gets allergies anyway so NO grass for me in a run.

PS: That's is NOT my garden in my avatar pic. oh for such lovely green thick grass as that lol
 

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Here's a picture of what happens to grass when you have a dog like Sherry. See how lush, green and thick it is, aren't you jealous /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/sleep.gif
 

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How about Turf grass, I looked it up a while back and it is becoming very popular for people who have dogs, just clean it with a water hose.
 

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Above is what we call the playpen for our girls, Brandy and Cecil. We have it completely covered with straw and put bales inside for them to play on. It's really great and they love it.
 
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