10:54AM | 06/09/04
Member Since: 06/08/04
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I want to build a small dog run where my dog can go to the bathroom in the back yard. What materials do I need to make sure that the urine will not smell?

Will a gravel and sand pit work? How deep should each layer be? The area is approximately 10'x 4' along a fence wall.


04:04AM | 06/10/04
Member Since: 01/14/03
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I've constructed a couple of these for our dogs, and they work well if the dogs are trained to go in one place and one place only.

Within a fenced and roofed area, I excavate about 8 inches of the native material and replace it with clean washed 3/8 inch round pea stone. The round stone is not hard on the dogs paws as would be crushed or angular stone, and the 8 inch depth provides for plenty of drainage.

That having been said, if the native material at the bottom of the excavation is non-porous clay or other non-draining material, the pen, or run, should be moved to a location that has free-draining underlying soil, or keep digging until good gravel is found (hopefully not too deep...).

Even with the stone that drains well, the urine stays on the stone and about twice a year I'll fill large watering can with really hot water and mix in bleach (about 4:1 - 4 parts water to 1 part bleach) and wash the stone down evenly with the mixture. I let this sit for about 10 minutes, and then wash everything down with cold clean water from the hose. The bleaching washes the urine and associated odor away. Like I said, this area has a roof so the dogs can use it during inclement weather...even the winter snows stay out because the overhang is large. Without the roof, I might not have to bleach it so often as the rains would do the job.
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