How To Choose the Best Rubber Flooring for Outdoor Doggie Daycares

By Paige Cerulli Created: June, 2018 - Modified: October, 2019

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In running your doggie daycare, you put policies and practices into place to make sure that the dogs stay safe and healthy while in your care. But how much attention have you given to the flooring in your outdoor dog runs and play spaces? Quality outdoor dog kennel flooring can help to keep dogs safe as they play, and it's well worth the investment.

Here's what you should know about choosing outdoor dog kennel flooring for your doggie daycare.

Features to Look for in Outdoor Dog Kennel Flooring

When you're evaluating different flooring options for use in an outdoor kennel, look for products with the following features:


Good traction is important for both dogs and caretakers. Look for flooring designed to maximize traction in all situations, including when the flooring is wet or when it's raining out. Additionally, the flooring you choose should provide adequate drainage to prevent standing water from pooling on its surface. This will not only make the flooring safer, but will also help to keep the dogs drier and prevent them from playing in puddles.


Look for flooring that offers comfort and some shock absorption, too. A forgiving flooring will help to keep dogs more comfortable, and will also minimize the chance of injury if dogs are roughhousing or if they fall or slip. Rubber dog run flooring is a popular option, since the rubber makes for a forgiving surface that is still strong enough to withstand heavy traffic and dog nail scratches.

Low Maintenance

When you own a doggy daycare, you have enough to do - you don't need a rubber dog run flooring that requires heavy maintenance. Instead, look for a product that requires only occasional, minimal maintenance.

Most of our rubber mats for dog kennels can be swept and hosed off. It saves you valuable time, so you can quickly get the flooring looking great.


Dog floor mat and kennel flooring products need to be highly durable. Rubber dog flooring must be able to withstand the traffic of dog nails and to remain undamaged when the dogs are running or playing.

But outdoor dog kennel flooring also must be durable enough to withstand the elements. Look for flooring that can withstand extreme temperatures, snow and ice, and that won't fade when exposed to UV rays.

If you're looking for ideas for dog kennel rubber flooring, we have a few products that we've chosen for their excellent performance, durability, and safety.

Dog Bone Paver Tiles

If you'd like a distinctive look for your dog runs, then Dog Bone Outdoor Paver Tiles are the way to go. This rubber dog run flooring is safe, comfortable, and highly durable, making it a great option for outdoor use.

These pavers measure 1.75 inches thick and are made of recycled rubber. They offer excellent shock absorption, making for a comfortable surface that can help to keep dogs and humans safe. Suitable for use in both dry and wet areas, these pavers are slip-resistant even when they're wet - a must-have feature for any dog run flooring.

With flooring options like sand and dirt, dust can be a serious issue, but these dog bone pavers help to control dust and bacteria. They make for an area that's healthier for dogs to be in, since there isn't so much dust in the air. This is a particular advantage when you're housing older dogs or dogs with existing respiratory issues.

Conveniently sized, these pavers weigh just 2.5 pounds each, so one person can feasibly handle the entire installation. You can dry lay the pavers for a fast and easy installation, though an adhesive installation is also possible.

When it comes to maintenance, these tiles require minimal time and effort. Sweep them off on a daily basis, and use a garden hose to wash off the tiles. For a deeper cleaning, you can use a pressure washer.

Choose from three different colors to get the exact aesthetic that you want in your rubber dog run flooring. These pavers create a beautiful appearance, giving your facility the eye-catching look of cobblestone or brick but with far safer properties.

Sterling Athletic Rubber Tile

You'll also want to consider our Sterling Athletic Rubber Tile. These highly durable tiles are a great dog floor mat option, thanks to their quality manufacturing and unique interlocking edge design.

These tiles are a high-end product that can be used both indoors and outdoors. They measure 1.25 inches thick and offer shock absorption and grip. This heavy-duty flooring can certainly withstand the high degree of traffic it would see in a commercial doggy daycare operation. These tiles are often used in gym weight rooms, and their strength and durability is ideal for use in dog kennels.

One major benefit that these tiles offer is their hidden interlocking edge design. The tiles fit together to create a smooth, unified surface, so there's very little chance of dogs' nails getting caught in the edges or of debris falling down in between the tiles.

Each tile weighs 19.3 pounds, so a single person can move the tiles, but installation will be easier with multiple people. Measuring 2x2 feet, the tiles will quickly cover larger areas. They can be dry laid, but for outdoor use, an adhesive installation is recommended for a long-lasting and secure installation.

When it comes time to clean the tiles outdoors, all you have to do is hose them off or mop them with hot water and a neutral pH cleaner. Their low-maintenance design will help to save you both time and money, so you can focus on the more important elements of your business.

Choosing Dog Floor Mat Products for Your Doggy Daycare

Ready to order, or still have questions? Give our customer service representatives a call. We would be happy to help you explore the dog floor mat options available and can even help you to decide which product is right for your business.

For more on this topic please review our Dog Daycare Flooring product page.