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Does anyone use a Dog run?

Our dogs have destroyed our yard and we are thinking of getting a dog run.
I wouldn't care so much about the yard but we have two small kids who want to play on grass!

Does anyone use one? any suggestions on minimum size for 2 dogs?

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You have two large active dogs. They need as much space as possible. How big is your back yard?

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Are the dogs supervised when they're outside?
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They wouldn't be in the run ALL the time, only when I couldn't supervise them. otherwise they destroy the yard even if they are out there for 10-15 minutes.
They are not "outside" dogs and go in and out of the house when ever.

They get a 1 hour walk in the morning and 1 hour at the dog park in the evening. Our yard isn't very large for them to get a lot of exercise, which is why I think they get baord easy and end up chewing everything, including the deck.

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We have one off the side of the house, it's about 18 feet wide by 25 feet. At our old house we had a 4 foot by 25 foot space that was the dog run, which was mainly used for 'go out and potty'.

Ideally you want something that is off the house so you'll be able to let them in/out without treking to the run, and something that isn't going to block the rest of the yard from being used. We put in a dog door and it's great, other than they track in and out and Storee likes to take things out to destroy. So we have a locking one now. I like a natural surface so we've been using straw, it's cheap and while it does track a bit, it stays clean enough and we can replace it fairly often. I didn't like cement because it looked gross all the time, unless we sprayed it with a pressure washer or bleached it (smelled too). Shade is another consideration but you can always put up tarps or build something as needed for extra shade.

Even if it's small, it's better than them destroying the yard and if they get out for walks/runs anyway...

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Thank you for the information.
I found a website that makes runs and has an artifical flooring. Kind of like decking but man made and easy to keep clean. But I love the straw idea. My FIL is a cattle farmer and we could get an endless supply of straw.
The premade kennel also comes with a shaded top that is water proof, so if it happened to rain and I wasn't home the dogs would be sheltered until I could get back. I don't have any intention of keeping them out there for hours on end but I would like to be able to walk my son to school and back and the dog be outside on a nice day. When ever i have tried to do that cody just barkes non stop and Livy digs her brains out under a pine tree that we have.

I use to always think dog runs were crule and unnecessary, but I had a quick peek at Cesar millan's new book and he had a brief paragraph saying that a dug run is much better for a dog especialy if they are destructive.

I am sure it will be an adjustment period for everyone but the are crated in the house when I am not home so why not in the yard as well?


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We have one off the side of the house, it's about 18 feet wide by 25 feet. At our old house we had a 4 foot by 25 foot space that was the dog run, which was mainly used for 'go out and potty'.

Ideally you want something that is off the house so you'll be able to let them in/out without treking to the run, and something that isn't going to block the rest of the yard from being used. We put in a dog door and it's great, other than they track in and out and Storee likes to take things out to destroy. So we have a locking one now. I like a natural surface so we've been using straw, it's cheap and while it does track a bit, it stays clean enough and we can replace it fairly often. I didn't like cement because it looked gross all the time, unless we sprayed it with a pressure washer or bleached it (smelled too). Shade is another consideration but you can always put up tarps or build something as needed for extra shade.

Even if it's small, it's better than them destroying the yard and if they get out for walks/runs anyway...

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We just built one that is 12' wide by 45' long along one side of the fence. We put a 4' chain link fence to close it in and stairs directly to it off the deck with a gate closing off the rest of the yard at the top of a second set of stairs from the deck to the yard. We framed in a wood border on the ground and used washed rock, a type of round smooth rock about the size of a nickel over top of landscape cloth to block out weeds. You can hose it down. Our dogs go out there to potty only and don't stay in the run. They go back up the stairs to the deck and inside the house after.
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we made Max a dog area, its about 15ft by 8ft, he goes in, if it was up to me I would'nt mind him using the whole garden, but my boyfriend has athing about Max tearing up the grass, so his own area was a comprise and he likes it as he can do what he likes out there, he even goes straight in on his own when let out now.

I'ld like to get a kennel for him so I could leave him out there longer in the summer

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That's a really good idea. Our dogs have kind of taken over the backyard and we have been wanting to section off an extra clean area just for the kids and BBQ. It's not a very big yard so the dog mess while picked up regularly still kind of ruins the whole yard.
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I use a dog run for my 2 dogs to potty.
It's big- and cleaning up their poopies is a never ending job.
I used to have horses, so dog doodles are easier to clean up.
My Guys one Golden one yellow Labrador are huge dogs and they get separate outside run time.
I make sure that they have a run 2 times a day even with the deep snow out right now.
Trinian is funny- the snowbanks are over 5 feet high right now and he runs and plops into them but can't figure out how to MOVE ! He's only 14 months old and this is his second winter.

Good luck with your dogs !
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