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Thread: Has anyone every moved into a brand new house with a dog?

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    Default Has anyone every moved into a brand new house with a dog?

    I'm still waiting for them to start building my house (costing me a fortune in interest while I wait...) but I'm hoping it will be ready by the end of Feb, fingers crossed.

    And then we will move into a backyard with just dirt in the backyard! Even in our rental with established garden, weeding flower beds and having bare dirt there is a disaster with Banjo leaving muddy paw prints all over our carpet.

    So anyone any advice on how to tackle this? Would the easiest solution be to just get turf put down (even though I won't want much lawn if any in my final garden design)? Will the turf cope with the dog running all over it soon after putting it down?? Any other ideas?

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    Our lawn is dirt from the dogs running over it all the time so when it rains, we definitely suffer from muddy dog-print carpets. The only thing I'm doing at the moment is keeping a towel by the door (with a bucket of fresh water) and cleaning and drying their feet when they come back inside, it's annoying but the only thing I can think of to do.

    I have seen that you can buy dog shoes/booties that you could put on and take off for them to come inside but I don't know how well they would stay on...

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    I don't know what your house is going to be like, but I only have bedrooms carpeted in mine and at this stage the pup is not allowed on carpet (mostly because he's likely to pee on it), he sleeps in the bedroom in a crate, but when he's loose in the house he's on easily cleanable surfaces. That would be a bit hard if you have large expanses of carpet though. If you don't plan on landscaping the yard for a while you could try putting down a thick layer of mulch to cover the dirt in the meantime. I have a thick layer of sugar cane mulch in part of my yard, it's not a problem with Dex because he's so small he has to kind of swim through it, but bigger dogs might be inclined to dig in it.

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    We moved into our new house just a few weeks after we got our puppy. The Verandah wasn't done at the time and our self made steps lead straight into a mudbath. God, how the pup loved it!!

    It was winter and raining literally all the time so our house was constantly plastered with muddy pawprints all over the place. Luckily we decided against carpets and had bamboo flooring laid throughout the house. If I now remember back I seem to have been sweeping the floors constantly Yet, if we had put down carpets they would have been completely ruined after the first winter. Some of the muddier pawprints on the front door never came off completely.

    Can you delay the carpet being laid outuntil the outdoor area has grown some lawn? Or leave a plastic cover on top for the time being? Or you go for Bamboo... cheaper and easier to clean

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    I'm buying a cheap package deal, so no choice in floor coverings or the ability to delay stages...

    I will probably mark the areas where our veggie patches will go and immediately mulch those. Not sure about mulching the lot... Maybe I should go with the turf idea, but I'm just not sure if it might get wrecked if the dog walks on it straight away? It wouldn't be a big surface, so would cost me about $300, I think. Which is cheaper than new carpet, no doubt... And it would take the pressure of getting the garden established.

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    Depends what grass species you decide on for turf, Beloz. I stupidly went with Sir Walter (a buffalo)- its really hardy now, 2 YEARS after installing it. I had to keep the dogs off it for over 6 months while I waited for it to establish itself. This was mainly due to it being a drought tolerant variety... Except it kept raining for 12 months after it was installed!

    You might be ok... Just choose wisely!!!!

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    Could you break the yard into sections. That way the dog could have an area to play, while giving the rest of the yard a break from paws on it all the time.

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    It's a fair bit more expensive but fake grass is fantastic, always looks good, no watering, no mowing etc. The only thing i'd do different is get one that has a sand base rather than rubber, as the rubber sticks to any bones or other stuff your dog is chewing

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    you're going to need to keep the dog off the turf for a while too.

    kikuyu is used on race courses and hockey fields and is extremely durable - but also causes an allegic reaction for my dog. I think if I was going again - I'd get sterile kikuyu - no flowers - less allergy. Still runs everywhere so covers up bare patches very quickly.

    I like Lea05's suggestion of fencing off a bit where the dog can be while you get the rest of it sorted. You might want to put something down on that bit that will stop dirt tracking in the house too. Or only let the dog out there on lead at set times, and go for long walks somewhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I'm buying a cheap package deal, so no choice in floor coverings or the ability to delay stages...

    I will probably mark the areas where our veggie patches will go and immediately mulch those. Not sure about mulching the lot... Maybe I should go with the turf idea, but I'm just not sure if it might get wrecked if the dog walks on it straight away? It wouldn't be a big surface, so would cost me about $300, I think. Which is cheaper than new carpet, no doubt... And it would take the pressure of getting the garden established.

    Turf will be fine. Our landlord put new turf in in our house in about November/december last year and our dogs ran on it right away. Zoomies and all.

    The watering is a pain in the ass though.

    I do what KristyMaree does, I have a towel that lives by the back door for cleaning dog feet because we have a dirt path in one area that is a fave race track and usually results in mud all over the beige carpet (who puts light carpet in a rental?)

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