How to Build a Dog Run

Materials Required:

  • Landscaping Fabric
  • Landscape Fabric Pegs
  • Road Crush
  • Gyra Rock or Pea Gravel
  • Landscape edging


  1. First you will need to pick an area for your new dog run, we would suggest an area that your dog is already using, as this will make it much easier for you to train your dog to utilize the dog run, instead of the nice, soft grass he has been using. You may choose to fence off this area, but it is not necessary
  2. You will need to get rid of the grass in the area you choose, this can be achieved quite easily by laying down some wet newspaper or wet cardboard for about a week to kill the grass, or you could use a product we sell, called “Round-Up” or “Wipe Out”, this will kill the grass, but do not apply this product on a windy day as it will drift and leave spots on the rest of your beautiful lawn.
  3. Once the area is grass free, you can then dig up the soil about 6-8 inches down, you want to do this so that when your pet uses the dog run, it will drain off and reduce the smell.
  4. Once this is complete, lay down your landscape fabric and overlap it a bit, so weeds can’t sneak up between. You will then peg down the landscape fabric to prevent it from shifting over time.
  5. You will now want to add a layer (about 2-3 inches) of road crush, which is a mix of sand and rock, this will provide a good compacted layer to keep your Gyra Rock level and in place. Once it is level you will want to soak the whole area with your garden hose and let it set overnight.
  6. Now, you are ready to add your Gyra Rock, about 3  to 4 inches deep. Before you level off your Gyra Rock, install your landscaper edging. Now push the Gyra Rock to the edges to hold it in place. The edging will keep the rock in the run and off your lawn.
You now have a completed dog run and are ready to go. We suggest leaving one of your dogs stool’s in the dog run to “attract” him to the area.