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Does anyone have a dog run?? If you do, did you use river rock/pea gravel??

We're about to order about a bazillion tons of river rock for our dog run, so I'd like to know if anyone out there has an opinion on whether river rock is good or bad.

I think the plan is to use 3/8" river rock for the surface, and packed gravel underneath to prevent the dogs from digging their way out under the fence.

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Our dog run is actually different than the ones that all of you described. It's a few inches of pea gravel over packed aggregate. So far, the dogs use the dog run for everything except its primary purpose... hopefully, they'll catch on eventually!! Here's a pic (the backyard is a major work in progress -- the dog rus is the first thing we tackled. Well, other than the fence).

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My Malamute/Lab cross is huge and such a digger that the only solution for us was concrete blocks, edged with brick. We hose down the run regularly and have lifted the blocks in the area the dogs "use" and put lime underneath once. It is not the most beautiful arrangement, but it is clean. The dogs have their own "picnic" table in the run (to use as a perch) doghouses (of course) and a tree for shade.

My partner's brother uses pea gravel in a big trough which his dog uses like a giant litter box. I am not sure how he deals with the urine odour, but I would think a layer of lime under the pea gravel would help.

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