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Synthetic Turf Helps Pets Play

By Denise Valenzuela

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A growing number of pets are playing better with the help of synthetic turf surfaces.  Like their human counterparts on athletic fields and playgrounds turf adds a aesthetic/appealing draw that encourages physical activity and play. Nationwide, leading dog parks, day camps, training facilities and pet hotels have installed synthetic grass to provide a better experience for Fido that also benefits the environment.

Surprisingly in 2014 Pet turf was a rapidly expanding sector of the synthetic turf market. People love their pets and will spare no expense to make their lives better.  Besides human children and offspring pets are commonly the most cared for members of our society in the correct, caring, loving family. Pet turf engineered specifically for the needs of dogs, includes significant advances such as instantaneous drainage, simplification of waste removal, odor control and making it an especially versatile option.

Benefiting the Environment

Collectively, the use of synthetic turf across the country saves billions of gallons of water each year. Pet facilities with the surfaces are being recognized for their environmental stewardship, like the Animal Community Center in Silicon Valley. It recently became the first Humane Society facility in America to achieve Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) project from the U.S. Green Building Council. They accomplished this massive goal with the installation of 30,000 square feet of synthetic turf which significantly contributed to the facility’s certification, because it eliminated the need for lawn fertilizers, reduced water consumption and enhanced the sanitation of the field for all the pets that enjoyed it.

Supporting Constant Play

Large dogs can have a major impact on normal grass.  Running, playing fetch and jumping by one large dog can take its toll and really tear up grass. This became an increasing problem for many dog day and overnight camps. Dozens of dogs use a play space throughout the day, seven days a week. The installation of synthetic turf has been a major win for many businesses and municipalities that are building dog parks.  Take the likes of the Central Park Dog Park in Fremont, Calif., a 40,000 square foot dog park that is the largest of its kind in the country it has intense usage areas. When other parks are closing down during the winter months for maintenance, or sending dogs back to their cars covered in dirt and mud, the synthetic grass at Central Park Dog Park allows it to remain open, and mud-free, regardless of the weather. Many doggie overnight camps have utilized large indoor synthetic turf play areas – the dense construction of synthetic blades supports the demands of pets’ intense play.

Combining Surf and Turf

Lounging by the pool takes on a new meaning when your puppy can enjoy state-of-the-art play areas made safer and more sanitary with synthetic grass. Splash pads and pools are proving to encourage longer and more creative play among dogs without the muddy mess.  Many new installations are popping up that feature a pool surrounded by specially designed synthetic turf. The turf drains excess water from the pool as well as animal urine, keeping the area as clean as possible.

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