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by gck on 03 January 2007 - 19:01

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Does anyone have experience using recycled rubber mulch for dog exercise yards?

by Mosemancr on 03 January 2007 - 22:01

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That doesnt sound good. Id be afraid of my dogs eating it and racking up some nice vet bills.

by K9 Academy on 03 January 2007 - 22:01

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Hi there. We don't have it in the yards. But we do have it on the agility course! Good stuff for softening the impact. Not sure what it would be like for 'yards'.

by 4pack on 03 January 2007 - 22:01

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Scooping poop and rubber doesn't sound easy or fun. I'd rather just leace dirt than haul rubber in.

by gck on 04 January 2007 - 01:01

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Puppies eat pea gravel... Can't stand the MUD generated by wood chip mulch anymore... Looking for alternatives... Poop scooping is a fact of life, be it gravel, wood chips or concrete. Dogs munch on wood chip mulch and get the "big D". The question is, what happens if they munch on rubber mulch? We're in the woods with large spaces. Any vets with advice?

by VomFelsenHof on 04 January 2007 - 01:01

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gck, I bought the big horse stall mats. They are extremely heavy, durable, and after 2 years, my dogs have not been able to chew or dig through them. The only downside is that they are BLACK, and thus, they do get hot in the summer, unless you paint them a neutral color. These have worked great! Easy to clean up, sterilize, etc. They run about $40-$80, depending on size. I get the 4x6's for about $50 each. You should be able to find them at a feed store, or have them special order some for you. Make sure you have some friends with you when you are placing them--when I say HEAVY I do mean it!!! Hope this helps. :) Melanie

by Shelley Strohl on 04 January 2007 - 02:01

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I use pea gravel in my big exersize run, trying not to spill food so the dogs don't eat too much of it. I use double-ended snaps on buckets to keep them from knocking the food around too much. I have also used rubber mats, which I really prefer. Hate to say it, but for the sanitation issues and economic concerns I think concrete is best, with chew-proof resting benches. I like a light-brush finish on the concrete so the dogs don't slip and don't (usually) get those ugly callouses on their elbows. If its finished right its smooth enough to get really clean with a stiff push broom and not tear up the wide squeegie too quickly. (My pups usually take care of that proecess when they get the chance, however :) SS

by jdh on 04 January 2007 - 04:01

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Melanie, Do they have abrasions or discoloration from the rubber mats? Thanks,Jonah

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