Hi! We're finally building our dog her own play yard. Its going to be a fenced enclosure, currently grass, partially sunny and partially shady. Any ideas what to lay down on the ground for her to pee/poop on? Her pee ruins grass and turns it into a smelly mud slick, and the idea is to make it easy to clean up after her and not have her track poop on her very furry feet. We were thinking of laying down straw or wood chips. Its close to the back door so ideally it would be easy to scoop so we can pick it up and it won't stink up the back door area. Any ideas? Right now she goes on the grass and its soooo gross picking it up out of grass....just makes a huge sticky mess no matter how we scoop it (Gross TMI I know!).
Depending on what you want to spend, you may want to consider some type of stone. I have seen some with palm sized river stones that look very nice and clean up easily. You just scoop and then once every so often, depending on how often it rains, you hose it off. I would love to do part of our yard like that, but I can't ever decide what part!
I didn't even think of being able to hose it off. That's a great idea! She's never had to go potty on that kind of surface before, but I imagine she could get used to it. It would probably be nice and warm in the sun, too.
Am I too interested in my dog's pooping comfort?
a weed/grass barrier with gravel on top
Pea gravel or stone. Flagstone or brick pavers are good, too, with sand underneath for drainage.
As a side note, if your pup is not having firm stools I'd probably do a vet check and consider a change of food.
Oh she's an old girl...but was abused, so she is very timid and doesn't like to go far. She stops at the bottom of the stairs, does her business, and darts back inside. Pooping at the bottom of the stairs is not the best place to go!! Her stools are fine, its just that its spring, and rainy, and not very sunny yet so it just tends to be soggy by the time I get out there to clean it up. Hence the play yard, so she has her own safe spot and we don't step in something if we don't get out there every day to patrol.