There are many different surfaces that you can use as flooring for a dog run. It is also possible to purchase specially designed floors for dog runs but this isn’t a must. The types of flooring that would be the best for your dog in its dog run depends on many different factors.
For example if you live in an extremely cold climate then cement isn’t the most recommendable material to use for the floor. But normally cement is the most durable and under most circumstances the best to use since
it is easy to clean and disinfect. Also cement tends to stay cool during the day and warm at night, which is something that your dog will find nice and enjoyable.
It is possible to have wood floors made for your dog run but these must be made a special way and the wood has to be treated to make it waterproof as well as stain and odor resistant. Otherwise the wood will quickly become humid and smelly.
Some other possibilities are gravel, woodchips, sand, cement blocks and a poured concrete slab. All of these materials have both advantages and disadvantages but the most vital factor to keep in mind when choosing a floor for your dog run should be the ability to keep it clean and free of germs. If the floor you want will not be easy to clean then maybe you should look for an alternative. One point to mention here is that some materials when used as flooring could actually pose a health threat to your dog. This is because some dogs like to eat gravel or sand and some dogs develop a habit of chewing wood where ever they can find it. Wood when chewed tends to break into splinters that can become lodged in your dog’s throat or stomach.