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Well we have decided we need to make a dog run for our dogs. With the daycare kids getting older I need to have some play area that will be free of doggy messes and we would like to have less area to clean up and that they can dig and escape from. So here is my question. <span style="font-weight: bold">What is the best material to put down in a dog run? </span>

Concrete would be way too expensive as they will have 1/2 the yard.

Wood chips are not good because my silly dogs eat them.

Pea Gravel might work, but would it get in between their pads on their toes?

Actual gravel might make cleaning up after them a little tough.

Sand might work, but would it get too hot in the summer? And wouldn't it make them filthy?

Grass never makes it in our yard because with 4 dogs trampling, running, wrestling, digging etc... it just doesn't have a chance.

Dirt is obviously too dirty and would be a muddy mess through the wet seasons.

So what else is there?
 

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What may actually happen is that we give them several different materials in one. A little concrete pad, a little area of sandy dirt to allow for their bathroom area and for digging, an area of pea gravel to lay on in the sun, etc... I have been known to take large area rugs that we no longer use in the house and lay them out over bare areas in the yard. The dogs love it and when they get so filthy and disgusting that I can't stand it anymore then I just throw them away.
 

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Brien the only problem with cement is that we are talking about 1/10 of an acre of land at least. That would be about $10,000 to concrete. lol Right now the dogs have .22 of an acre to play on minus what the house takes. They will be getting 1/2 the back yard as their dog run now.
 
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