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Old 07-25-2008, 01:53 AM  
Composite decking for kennel flooring?
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I am planning to build a 5 dog kennel run using one 10x10 joined to the side of a storage shed with a doggie door leading to that kennel, plus 4 5x10 kennel runs. The total area being used will be 12 ft x 36ft. So my question is has anyone used composite deck flooring in their kennels? Is this a better alternative to using pine decking or similar? Any issues I should be concerned about? I figured I wouldn't have to keep sealing wood every year and thought this may be worth looking into..... any thoughts?

 
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Hmm my understanding is that dog poo really doesn't have anything in it to make fertilizer, its not as bad as cat poo, but I don't think it would help your plants at all.

You should see how much higher the grass is in the field(and the specific area) where we dump our poop compared to the other fields!!!
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I have been through this myself and I also have spoken with several people about this that have 30 years plus in the dogs. I over think things all the time especially with my dogs. Best thing to use is dirt, lol. I have used sand, which is not IMO, depends on climate I guess but it does make things harder when you have problems like fleas or ringworms. Decking is over doing but each is own I guess. Buy pretreated wood and don't seal it, the pretreated wood should last 15 -20 years in area like that because of shade is needed for a kennel that area should be covered anyways, long as it is not getting constant direct sunlight it will last. I also spent several years as a professional painter, I know wood for sure. One thing that did work but was slightly exspensive I thought was the smooth river rock, pretty easy to clean the area and acted as a decent filter. I use just plain dirt and I take the old cedar shavings from the houses and dump them on the floor of the kennel. If it rains really bad I will buy a bag of pine shavings as they are 2 bucks cheaper than cedar and spread them out. I rake out the kennels every couple of months and start over. Far as a cleaner, nice and easy formula a flower waterer, bleach and water mixture once a month or two and you are good to go no urine smell, cheap, and you kill all kinds of bacteria. Good luck.
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