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    Default Dog Run/kennelling Flooring Suggestions Please...

    Looking at turning the back garden area (the last one we haven't touched yet) into kennelling area. Don't need it at this point of time, but could do in the future when we have more than one dog. You never know, so have plans to build it.

    Now we have spare zincalume sheds here which will be used for main shelter from elements etc, and fencing for the runs.

    Now what can be used for flooring other than concrete?
    No offence intended, but please don't tell me to google - I HATE google, and want to hear from ppl who have real life experience or knowledge of different floor materials etc. Cost-wise, user0friendly, safe for dogs, all that sort of stuff.

    Anybody have any suggestions they've used or heard of?

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    Waiting to see who's gonna be the funny one to suggest grass and pansies? ;laugh:

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    In some of our kennels we use old conveyor belting. Its rubber and once it is cleaned and any sharp edges are taken off its much better than concrete.

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    maybe that rubber flooring you see at macdonalds play lands?

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    I was going to suggest half conrete and half grass, Concrete is always easy to clean up, yet having some grass so they can till toilet on the grass of they prefer.

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    I agree with Mianco & Rebec... fake grass or the rubber flooring, both easy to clean, just hose off & it's not permanent fixed to ground, just roll up & take with you if you move house etc..

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    My kennel run is about the size of a large single garage. It was previously a green house.

    Where the roofing is we have put down pavers. The dogs never go to the toilet on it so only ever gets a hose down every three months or after a bitch has been in season.

    The rest of the floor is then dirt with some rough grass patches, then there are rocks and ferns in there. They will occasionally use the dirt to toilet on but rarely, maybe if I sleep in or if I don't swap dogs around quick enough (while in season).

    If they were to be permanently kenneled which mine aren't, then concrete with a slightly rough finish, great for keeping nails short but not enough to trap germs are easily cleaned and squeegied dry.

    I have three kennels, a platform and a trampoline bed in my kennel run. The small areas allow for body warmth to be trapped. And the platform and trampoline are for hot nights.

    I have roll down shade cloth sides so they can be put down (on the outside) to minimise wind and weather but keep the air flow good and are up during summer.

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    You can use 2 part Epoxy coating on concrete. It's awesome stuff, resistant to everything, non slip even when wet, very easy to clean (literally hose it down and that's it lol). It's what we're having laid in the garage at our property, and also the same coating as the floors at hubby's work.

    Basically the concrete gets laid as normal then the epoxy gets laid as a coating over the concrete. It's normally used in mechanical workshops.

    I'm just getting a couple of links with more info for you now

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    http://www.proflek.com.au/plain_epox...source=easyppc

    You can choose a rough matte finish or a high gloss finish, both are non slip, even in socks.... As a kid I found out the hard way that just because a floor is shiny doesn't mean you're going to slide!
    Last edited by Angela's Gone Batty; 04-06-2010 at 03:22 PM.

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    A breeder of Schipps I know uses straw.

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    Rice hulls, grass and mint. This is what I have on the floor of my pens and it is great. The rice hulls keep them warm in winter and cool in summer. The grass is there for the "natural" element, and the mint is there for smells and because it is good for them to have a nibble.

    Make sure you post photo's when it is completed!!

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