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Best Flooring for Dog Daycare

Best Dog Daycare Flooring: Rubber Rolls, Mats & Tiles

For those who have ever boarded their dog or researched different dog boarding spaces, they know how big of a difference exists between different spaces. Some places you walk into and you can immediately see and feel that they are comfortable, safe and clean. Others are obviously not up to par. As the popularity in doggy daycares increases, more and more dog owners are wondering what exactly it is that differentiates a good space from a not so good one, apart from just having a general sense. Believe it or not, flooring is a major factor in how healthy and happy a dog is.

Dog Daycare Flooring to be Wary Of

There exists a number of different dog flooring options used by facilities, some that are better than others.

Wire Mesh

Wire mesh flooring like what you may find in a cage is one of them. Puppy mills are the biggest users of this type of flooring because dog waste can theoretically pass through the mesh. However, the Humane Society of America advocates strongly against wire mesh flooring because it is unsafe. Dogs' feet and toenails can get stuck in the mesh, causing pain or even injury. A wire cage is not comfortable for dogs to move around in and on, which leads to pups staying in one place, getting depressed, developing sores and more.

Natural Outdoor Materials

In the outdoors, grass, dirt, gravel and wood chips are often used. However, all of the options take a lot of time and energy to maintain. Natural materials are quickly displaced by digging paws and rough puppy play. Plus, it is impossible to keep dogs clean in these materials. They get into fur coats and do not easily come off. In general, these materials do not support a sanitary environment.


Concrete is another option with some major drawbacks. It can be too hot or too cold, depending on the weather. If installed without a slope, water and urine can pool. Odors can be difficult to remove from concrete, and liquid waste can cause mold, mildew and bacterial growth. Both humans and pups are not happy standing on concrete all day. Concrete does not support happy and healthy bodies. It is hard on both human and puppy feet, limbs, and joints.

Fortunately, using concrete topped with foam or rubber mats can solve a lot of these problems, keeping your pooch comfy and safe.

A Solution Lays in Rubber

Let's look at rubber. Rubber is super durable - it is the material used for horse stall mats, industrial flooring, etc. Often, you can buy a product made from recycled tires, which makes rubber flooring products an environment and affordable option.

Best Rubber Flooring for Dog Daycare

Rolled Rubber Dog Flooring

When covering large indoor dog play areas, rolled rubber flooring is a great option. Made of recycled tire rubber, this flooring is durable, easy to clean and environmentally friendly. Trustworthy and renowned dog daycare centers often choose rolled rubber as their flooring of choice. Even after a decade of use, rubber still looks new.

Rolled rubber is great for doggy daycare floors as it is tacky enough to allow dog paws to grip, firm enough to prevent damage from claws and smooth enough to be gentle on the dogs' pads. Dogs cannot chew up rubber that is installed correctly, so there is no need to worry about damage from teething pups. In that vein, rubber is so tough that it cannot be shredded by dog nails.

One downside to rolled rubber is that it often carries a strong odor. However, with a little planning, it is simple to deodorize mats. If there is no time to deodorize mats before installation, simply choose a low odor product, like the ones that Gym Rubber by Greatmats has to offer.

Rubber Mats and Tiles

Rubber flooring is also offered in straight-edged mats and interlocking tiles, giving you a variety of options of sizes and thicknesses. Weight can also be a factor in choosing dog daycare flooring as rubber can be quite heavy and cumbersome to install without help. Gym Rubber rubber tiles help solve that problem as they come in easy to manage sizes.

Gym Rubber by Greatmats offers products from manufacturers around the country, which ultimately saves on your shipping costs. Greatmats customer service reps can help you figure out the best option with the most affordable shipping.

Rubber Paver Tiles For Dog Areas

One the best rubber flooring for dog daycare options is Dog Bone Outdoor Paver Tiles 1.75 Inch. Each tile weighs 2.5 pounds and comes in a cute (you guessed it) dog bone shape. These PaveSafe rubber pavers and tiles are manufactured by a unique proprietary re-bonding process capable of converting 100% premium quality recycled rubber into a pristine clean, low-cost rubber material of superior physical properties.

PaveSafe tiles have the added benefit of being virtually maintenance free, which is huge in a dog daycare. Tiles are super easy to install and clean - just sweep, damp mop or hose off. Plus, anti-shock and bacteria controlling properties of PaveSafe make it a healthy surfacing choice. Earthy color options and cobblestone nature enhance the appearance of any kennel surface, replacing traditional dirty, dusty, and slippery hard surfaces. These tiles are also available in black.

PaveSafe rubber pavers also minimize the risk of injury for both humans and canines with a superior traction surface. In both wet and dry conditions, the surface is slip-resistant and grippy enough to keep feet and paws secure. PaveSafe is available in full pavers, half pavers, and paver tiles for convenient installation in any kennel application.

Other Flooring Options

EVA Foam Dog Agility Flooring

For those looking for a more cushioned and lightweight option, EVA closed-cell foam is the ticket. As easy as rubber installation is, foam products are even easier to install. Because they are lightweight, they tend to be cheaper to ship as well. Foam is not as tough or resilient as rubber, but certain foam options are designed for durability.

Interlocking foam dog agility tiles provide the ultimate in creature comfort. Long known by professional trainers as a durable flooring with superior cushion and grip, these tiles are also waterproof and slip resistant.

Because they are softer and lighter than rubber, they may show puncture marks from dogs' nails. However, this will not affect the dog flooring's overall performance. If more serious damage occurs, single tiles are easily replaced without replacing the entire floor. The shock absorption and cushion (and waterproof nature) make it the ideal surface for puppies whether training or just playing. It's easy on the developing bones and joints of active dogs of any size.

The tiles come in green, blue, and black and are also reversible. Customers rave about how easy interlocking foam dog agility tiles are to install and transport. Plus, users love how padded and comfortable these tiles are.

Artificial Turf Dog Flooring

Artificial grass turf is also popular for outdoor dog areas, kennels, and runs. Your pup can run on the same turf that 22 NFL teams use in their facilities. How cool is that? Artificial grass turf is made of a durable plastic material that won't tear or fade. The curled yarn intertwine is designed to feel soft on feet and paws.

Unlike other flooring materials, artificial grass is stain resistant, which means it will not turn yellow or brown when puppy accidents happen. Plus, artificial grass inhibits the growth of mildew and odor as it is non-porous and comes with an antimicrobial infill. The grass has a 100% permeable backing guaranteed to drain at over 250 inches per hour.

With an 8 Year Manufacturer's Warranty that is non-prorated, you're getting the best-insured warranty in the business. The turf has a 15-20 year life expectancy, the longest in the industry, so your turf can entertain generations of dogs.

Find the Best Dog Daycare Flooring For You

Gym Rubber by Greatmats is fully aware that not every dog daycare or kennel has the same needs, and they are happy to find solutions to even the most specialized need. Gym Rubber has a long history of providing dog daycare customers with flooring for dog training and kennel facilities, and its flooring professionals will assist with free design layouts and installation methods. Whether looking for the best rubber flooring for dog daycare or just a foam mat, Gym Rubber has what it takes to make you and your canine companions happy and safe for years to come.
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