The Best Flooring for Dogs - Indoor Dog Agility Flooring
By Created: March, 2019 - Modified: October, 2019
Related Product: Dog Agility Mats Interlocking Tiles
Dog agility flooring is designed to provide a safe place to train and compete in dog agility that will offer both traction and cushion.
Today we’ll compare three of Greatmats most popular dog agility flooring solutions - Dog Agility Mats Interlocking Tiles, Dog Agility Rubber Top Foam Bottom, and Foam Mat Economy 1/2 inch. All include EVA foam, which has best tested and approved time and time again to be the best flooring for dog agility cushion while training and competing. The main differences will come in thickness and durability.
Surface Texture and Durability for Dog AgilityThe big advantage of the dog agility foam mats is the fact that the felt-like surface is very gentle on the dogs’ feet. It provides excellent traction and will give way to aggressive claws, preventing injury without affecting the performance of the flooring.
While the economy foam mats have a thatch textured surface, you can get a surface very similar to the dog agility mats at half the price by simply flipping the economy mats over and using the underside as the surface. These mats are designed for home use only and are not commercially rated.
If the look of dog nail punctures is a concern, Greatmats rubber topped foam option is the best solution. By putting a layer of rolled rubber over the top of a layer of foam tiles, there is still cushion underneath and the rubber will resist puncturing while still offering excellent traction. While there is rarely an issue with EVA foam dog agility flooring under agility equipment, rubber matting for dog agility equipment will ensure that the surface will not become damaged. Rubber matting also won't indent under dog heavy equipment.
Just keep in mind the multiple layers and materials will be reflected in the price, with the rubber topped option running about a dollar plus more per square foot than the dog agility foam mats.
Flooring Thickness for Dog AgilityEconomy foam mats will be the thinnest option at 1/2 inch. The dog agility mats offer an extra 1/4 inch of cushion, coming in at 3/4 inch thick and offer the most cushion. While the rubber topped option is just slightly thicker than the dog agility foam mats, the rubber really doesn’t add much in terms of cushion, in fact by being the top layer, the rubber will actually make this option firmer than the 1/2 inch foam.
Installation of Dog Agility SurfacesThe installation process for both of the foam-only options is a simple as pushing jigsaw puzzle pieces together. A little more goes into the installation of the rubber topped dog agility flooring as we are now added a second layer of rolled rubber.
Dog Agility Flooring Color OptionsLastly is the color. Dog Agility Mats Interlocking Tiles will give you three color options with blue, green and black. Foam Mat Economy 1/2 Inch tiles are available in blue, black and gray. And the rubber top foam bottom dog agility flooring is black when finished.
We sure that help you in determining which surface for dog agility is best for you.
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