Artificial turf makes dog kennel more inviting…
for residents and visitors alike
The Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare in the English county of Sussex installed 890 square metres of artificial turf. It is the first dog kennel to install artificial turf on such a large scale.
This is not the first time that artificial grass has been used at a dog kennel, but past experiments with the material were only on a small-scale and the turf was only installed in the runs for pregnant dogs. After all, artificial grass gives ‘mothers-to-be’ much more comfort and warmth than a cold concrete floor.
The Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare fitted its entire kennel with artificial turf last summer. The two main reasons were a desire to offer dogs more comfort, as was also being done on a smaller scale in numerous other kennels, and the desire to give the dog kennel a more pleasant appearance. After all, concrete is not only cold to the touch, but also gives a cold and hard impression. Artificial turf, on the other hand, has a very natural look. And an artificial turf surface gives the dog kennel a friendlier look & feel.
An additional reason that wasn’t really apparent until after the grass was installed was the easy maintenance of artificial turf. When nature calls, the urine simply disappears into the sandy bed surface and solid waste can be easily cleaned up. This keeps the kennel looking clean and hygienic.
After looking into all possible options, the kennel ultimately choose the TT LSR 10ND, a product consisting of durable fibres. Due to its stable and wear-resistant nature, this product is used often on tennis courts and golf courses. The owner of the kennel is extremely pleased with his choice. “The result is much better than we had expected. The artificial grass is incredibly well fitted, just like a carpet. And our staff is also very pleased with our decision. Visitors, too, are pleasantly surprised. And, perhaps most important of all, the dogs also appear to feel more comfortable on the artificial grass.”