aWith our left play yard renovations recently completed, now is an ideal time to go over the value of turf over grass or gravel that most dog boarding and day camp facilities have.
K9 Grass vs Grass
The first and most important advantage of turf over grass, is the ability to clean and sanitize it. We spray down our play yards every night with a disinfectant to make sure that disease is not being spread. It is near impossible to do this every night on grass without killing it and turning a great play yard into a big mud pit! Cleanliness and your dogs health is the most important aspect of their stay, and clean yards and play areas are an important piece.
K9 Grass vs Rocks
Lots of boarding facilities have rock and pea gravel as their only outside areas. That is because it is easy to maintain, and inexpensive. However,wanting whats best for the dogs in your care is usually not the cheapest. Pea gravel is easy to disinfect, but is rough on puppies and dogs paws. If your dog is mainly an indoor one, running around on rock is not going to feel too great. Pea gravel also does not provide sure footing, and sliding and kicking rocks into other dogs faces is a constant hazard.
K9 Grass vs Concrete
Concrete is easy to clean, and is cheap to maintain, and is relatively easy on most paws. However it can be very hard on dogs joints. Running around and playing on concrete all day is sure to leave your dog sore in the wrong areas. Instead of sore muscles, they'll have sore joints. Turf is a soft surface that is easy on their joints.