Create the Perfect Dog Run Outside of Your Home


A dog run is a great way to let your dog get some exercise while still keeping your dog contained. If you have a lot of land that isn't fenced in, a dog run is simply safer — otherwise it's too easy for a dog to get away. You have many ways to create a dog run.

Read on to learn some of the benefits of paving a dog run outside of your home

Should You Choose a Built-In or Portable Run?

A portable run does have some advantages, but if you have a dog that's high energy, a built-in run is usually better. Portable runs are often put up on grass temporarily, and they're modular in nature. They can be moved by a heavier dog, and may not be able to stay long-term. A built-in run will be a paved run that has fencing erected around it.

For smaller dogs, a built-in run should be just fine. But if you're thinking of making it a permanent addition to the house, you may want to look for something more permanent. Otherwise, you may need to fix the run every time you experience strong wind or rain.

Why Should You Pave Your Dog Run?

Paving your dog run with paving stones or concrete is beneficial for a few reasons. First, it's cleaner: your dog isn't going to be digging in the dirt or rolling around in the mud. Your dog will be more comfortable. Dogs prefer to lie on concrete because they won’t be pestered by as many insects. And that's valuable, too: your dog will encounter fewer fleas and ticks if you have a paved run.

If your dog tends to dig under fences, paving a dog run will improve the situation. It also means that you aren't going to have to mow the grass within the dog run, which (depending on your setup) can be incredibly challenging.

Consider some other alternatives to concrete, such as gravel or mulch. But this isn't a permanent solution: it will have to be maintained and potentially replaced.

Where Should You Put Your Paved Dog Run?

If you're going to be putting in a built-in dog run, the location is going to be a little more challenging. You can't move it easily, so you have to choose the right place. Generally, you want a place that's going to be in the shade, and protected from most of the elements. Right by the house is preferred, often with a dog door entering directly into the run.

Do You Need a Permit for Your Dog Run?

Your professional paving company will be able to find out whether you need a permit. In some areas, most concrete pads aren't going to need a permit. But in other areas, pouring a concrete pad will. Paving stones usually do not need any type of permit, if they're loose and on top of gravel, because they aren't permanent fixtures.

How Will You Enclose the Dog Run?

Once you have the area paved, you need to enclose it. You have a few ways to enclose a dog run. You can erect fencing around it on poles, such as chicken wire fencing, or chain link fencing. You can also have wooden posts erected or steel posts erected, when you have the patio poured or paved. That will ensure that the run is sturdy and safe.

Ultimately, getting a dog run put in is a great way to improve your dog's health and happiness. A paved, permanent dog run will be safer and more comfortable, while also giving you the option of installing a patio later on. Contact Star Paving Company for a quote.