Flooring for an Outdoor Kennel?

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What would be the best flooring for a outside dog kennel? We have 2 large dogs and 3, 3mo puppies. Waste is getting out of hand and killing the grass. Any ideas: gravel, wood chips, just plain concrete?


Joann from San Antonio, Texas

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By cookiepom (Guest Post)
May 29, 20081 found this helpful

I board dogs in my home and have dog pen that I keep straw in. The straw is not nearly as expensive and concrete and it is also soft under there feet. If it rains the straw keeps the pen from becomeing a mud puddle. I have also made a kidney shaped area in the pen that has river rock in it. This allows the dogs to go potty even when it is raining as they don't like to get their feet wet. I just rake it out a couple of times every month or so and put fresh straw down. There is no way I can get grass to grow out there and I again it would be a mud bath when it rains. I also go out and pick up the "poo" w/a rubber glove and fluff the straw up w/a rake. Straw is only $4 a bale and so I use 2 bales at a time! I have used this method for years and when weeds pop up I either pull them or use my weed eater to cut them down! HTH

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March 27, 20162 found this helpful

Hay is about the worst thing you can use with dogs because of the bacteria and mold that love to live in the dampness. A dog overtime might contract allergies.


Cement patio blocks also is a bad idea because in one year they begin to fall apart and the grit is bad for the dog pads and is very messy (cleaning will turn into a nightmare)

The best flooring that I found is pea gravel with the ground sloped so liquids can run out of the area which keeps the area dry (thats the key DRY!!!) but pea gravel is messy and hard to clean and sometimes dogs will eat it (Why, you have to ask them). So, on top of the pea gravel you can use rubber mats with a 1/4" holes. They are interlocking and keeps the pea gravel in place. The cost at Menards is about $15 for a 3 x5 area.

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September 1, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you so much. I was just looking for an answer. Next-door neighbor left town left his dogs alone and one is a puppy three months or so while I'm trying to fix his kennel.


Doesn't even have bowls but thank you very much you've been very helpful Pat

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December 19, 20170 found this helpful

I wish. My dogs would chew the rubber mats.

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February 26, 20180 found this helpful

One of mine would eat the rubber mat, then one of the others would eat the pebbles

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June 19, 20180 found this helpful

Are you serious the neighbor went away without leaving good for the dog?! That's not right. It's your call but I would talk to neighbor into rehoming the pets for their sake.

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May 29, 20080 found this helpful

I recently talked to a gal who runs a doggie daycare & she said for the part of the kennel where you want them to go to the bathroom you put in about 4 inches of "Pea Gravel" and if you can get a bit of their scent from somewhere else & add it to the pea gravel, then they will know that the gravel is to relieve themselves on. She said she scoops up the solids & just hoses down the pea gravel weekly, this keeps the smell down. You'll need to use a 2x4 to separate the pea gravel potty area from the "living" part of the kennel...


For the "living" area, besides the cedar & the straw, look into horse bedding or pine-pellets (like the kind that go into a pellet stove). But cement is easiest because you can hose it off... But it is hard on the dog's feet. What works nicely is to use grass & re-seed it each spring with one of those super-hardy seeds you see advertised on TV, then keep it watered & if your dog always pees in the pea-gravel, then the grass might continue to grow & be soft & cool on their feet, at least for most of the summer. Another thing that might be helpful is those vented super-hard plastic or rubber mats they make for fancy garages. Also, you can buy SHREDDED PLAYGROUND RUBBER. (It's made from old tires that have been shredded up) This is both soft on the dogs feet AND you can hose it down too, & it won't decompose like the hay & natural materials will. When you first put it in, it will smell strongly of "tire" or rubber for a week or two, but once it's aired out the smell will go away. You might want to let the shredded rubber air-out or breathe for a week or so before putting your dog on it.

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May 30, 20081 found this helpful

You want the very best? Use a horse trailer mat. They are at feed stores, are heavy and strong and chew-proof, and are made from recycled tires. Use a C-clamp (borrow one) to attach to the edge so you can drag it into place.


Then you can use a little absorbent material on top if desired, or just hose them off. If they are too expensive (please at least go see the horse mats) then you can use thrift shop shower curtains with whatever on top of it.

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March 23, 20190 found this helpful

The horse trailer mats are very good. I know it's hard to believe, but our large pit-mastiff mix is chewing ours. He managed to get an edge up and that's all it took. But it's going to take him a while! Oh how I wish I had thought of the C-clamp. We drug these across the yard with our hands, and it nearly killed us. Lol.

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By MeMe (Guest Post)
May 31, 20080 found this helpful

Cement patio blocks work well too.

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May 31, 20080 found this helpful

Yep, pea gravel is the best thing to use.

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July 6, 20090 found this helpful

Pea gravel works well. Just make sure you scoop poop everyday otherwise it gets squished into the rocks and makes a mess.


If you keep up with the poo, the rocks stay clean by hosing it about once a week.

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October 30, 20170 found this helpful

My husband and I built a "pooch pen" just outside the doggy door off the laundry porch when we first moved in. It's just a large area enclosed by 6 ft. deer wire supported by peeler posts and a lovely fig tree in the center for shade. No one ever had to let the boys out to take care of business. We always used rice hulls as a bedding. You can easily scoop the piles off the top with a spring loaded hand held pooper scooper, (be sure to get one that suits your height) put it in a plastic bag lined bucket and toss the bag in the garbage when full. The hulls absorb the urine so you can scoop that out too if desired. Not really necessary as the hulls keep the urine from saturating the soil thus eliminating odor and keeping the flies under control. I rake and shovel out the rice hulls down to the dirt about 3 times a year year and put down fresh. It only takes 2 bags at $5.99 a bag at my local feed store. Happy me, happy puppy! True, he sometimes comes in with rice hulls pasted to his little snout, lol.

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May 29, 2008

If my dog is allergic to hay what would be the next best thing as flooring in his outside kennel?

Alaina from Lynchburg, VA


Flooring for an Outdoor Kennel

Cedar chips, also helps repel bugs. We have our dogs a complete bedding system in their house. Lined with foam, then any and all blankets, comforters and pillows that I can find at garage sales is reserved for their bedding. They can hide under it, at least 2 of them do and the third finds a nice warm place on top.

Hope this helps.
Tina (01/29/2007)

By Tina Brown

Flooring for an Outdoor Kennel

Maybe small animal bedding. I use that for my pet rat and it comes in a very large bag, like 20 and 30 pounds. (01/31/2007)

By Lily

Flooring for an Outdoor Kennel



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