Dog Run Ideas
If your dogs need an outdoor space to run about, but you don’t want to dedicate your whole yard to their shenanigans, a great option would be a dog run. Dog runs are smaller areas where a dog can do as they please without the worry of your dog ruining your perfectly maintained lawn. Here are some dog run ideas to help make this part of your yard special for your furry family members.
Choosing the Space
Be sure you pick a good space for your new dog run which is properly shaded, has adequate air-flow, and also offers the opposite end of the spectrum as well. This will allow your dog to remain comfortable in their space, no matter the temperature and weather outside. In addition, you will want the space you choose to be large enough that your dog can get up to speed so they can use up their energy.
Selecting the Best Fencing Material
Proper fencing is the most important part to creating a perfect dog run for your yard. Different types of fencing materials offer varying levels of durability, wind-breaking ability, and privacy. For larger dogs or for dogs who have a tendency to chew, it’s a good idea to pick more durable fencing options such as aluminum fencing or chain link. If you’d like to offer a little more privacy and protection from the wind, you may be looking more at vinyl fencing or wood fencing options instead.
Adding Shade to your Dog Run
Shade is important to keeping your dog safe and happy in their dog run. Build them a dog-house, solid roof, or install a shade structure such as a vinyl pergola and plant some climbing plants alongside of it. Regardless of the option you choose, shade is an important feature to include for the safety of your pets during the brutal Maryland summers.
Include an Obstacle
If your dog run isn’t very big, you can make it a more exciting space for your pet by including an obstacle for them to climb on or run around. One common feature is a deck platform or large boulder placed in the middle of the dog run. It not only offers something for your dog to jump around on, but also the ability to get up higher without the risk of them jumping out and over the fence.
Add a Water Feature
One unique feature we’ve seen in dog runs is the addition of a water fountain or small doggie pool to help your dog cool off while also doubling as an area to drink. If you don’t have the space or experience for this type of project, simply ensure you have a hose that can reach out to the dog run so you can fill up water bowls and the occasional kiddie pool on the really hot days.
For help with selecting the best type of outdoor building materials and fencing for a dog run, get in touch with Outdoor Specialties today. Outdoor Specialties is the area’s leading provider of outdoor building materials and they have the expertise to ensure you select the best type of building materials for the project at hand. For more information, get in touch with Outdoor Specialties today at 410-374-0431 or by filling out the contact us form on our website, today.