How can I repair and make my yard more dog friendly?

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I foster rescued dogs and puppies until they get adopted. In the last four years I've had over 100 fosters go through my home and yard. I pretty much have no lawn anymore. There is a small patch of grass on the ends, but the majority is now dirt. How can I make it more dog friendly and make it so I'm not embarassed when potential adopters come to meet the fosters?
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  • Charly Charly on May 26, 2017
    I would put down rubber mulch in the yard. The kind they use in children's playgrounds. No more mud. Easy to keep clean. Just pick up their waste and hose it off once a week. I would build a box frame around it to help contain the mulch.

  • Dmotan Dmotan on May 26, 2017
    Watch the dog whisper and see his compound. He has many areas with different exercise things but the ground is the ground minus grass but he provides lots of shade. Put in a pond, not some $$$ one, but something nice for the dogs.
    Thank you for what you do.

  • Jacks Beta Jacks Beta on May 26, 2017
    Here are some pictures I found online, I pretty much like them all! Thank you for your dedication to finding these furr babies furrever homes

  • Jrw24220600 Jrw24220600 on May 26, 2017
    ..I had a dog rescue for many years. I used playground woodchips that you get from a mulch supplier in your area. You can have it delivered, in the spring . I always purchased more than I need, and left a small mound or two. The dogs loved running and playing on the mounds. You can also keep in plastic trash cans. This will allow you to freshen the yard late summer or fall. So easy to maintain! Theresa from Almost home Kennels

  • I have 6 dogs in my yard daily. I have a section where I put down landscape fabric and 3 inches of tumbled pea gravel. I picked the tumbled variety as there are no sharp edges to get in the dogs paws and hurt them. I hose it down daily and spray it with vinegar. Just take a metal rake and smooth it out when needed.

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on May 27, 2017
    More dog friendly... definitely provide shade (doesn't have to be a tree) and maybe an area with a fountain or sprinkler. I've also read how many dogs love sand boxes to dig in. You could make an 8X8 box about a foot high, line it with heavy landscape cloth and fill it with about 8 inches of play sand. Like the rock box above, it should rinse clean and smell fresh with a dose of vinegar. If you foster dogs that like to chew, make sure the wood isn't toxic, if you're going that way. Best bet is to use the faux wood decking planks. You're an angel. My hubby won't let me foster.