How to Choose the Best Fake Grass for Your Dogs & Pets

How to Choose the Best Fake Grass for Your Dogs & Pets


fake grass for dogs

It’s no surprise that many homeowners who have opted to have artificial grass installed are dog and pet owners.

The advantages of artificial grass for dogs are too great to ignore.

The fact is that dogs and real grass just don’t mix well. Urine-scorched patchy grass is the hallmark of a real lawn that has had to deal with the sort of continuous, heavy use inflicted by dogs and pets.

But it’s not just the aesthetics of artificial grass that appeal to so many pet owners. Dirt trodden into the house on muddy paws can be frustrating, to say the least, and many dog owners quickly become tired of having to clean muddy paws – and the places they’ve been – several times a day.

With artificial grass, mud and mess is a thing of the past as, come rain or shine, your furry friend can bound up and down your lawn all day long without becoming caked in mud.

If, like many other pet owners, you’ve decided to take the plunge and have artificial grass installed at your home you’ve come to the right place.

If you are completely new to artificial grass you may not have realised that there is a selection of different types and not every artificial grass is suitable for every application.

The popularity of artificial grass has meant that it’s now used for everything from commercial and public areas to balconies and terraces, schoolyards and playgrounds to swimming pool surrounds.

However, in today’s article we are going to be looking at some of the key aspects that you’ll need to consider in order to choose the best artificial grass for your dog or pet.

We’ll be looking at everything, including recommended pile height, pile density and the best type of synthetic fibre to choose, as well as discussing best installation practices for dogs and pets.

So, let’s begin!



What is the best pile height for dogs and pets?


You may have heard that the shorter the pile, the more hard-wearing it is.

This is certainly true to an extent, particularly if the fibres are made from polyethylene or polypropylene.

If you are choosing an artificial grass made from either of these types of plastic, then you are best off with a pile height of somewhere between 22mm–30mm.

However, if you choose a fibre made from nylon, which is the hardest wearing plastic fibre used in artificial grass manufacturing, then you could choose something between 22mm–35mm; the hard-wearing fibres will cope better with the regular use it will receive from your dog or pet, so you can choose a longer pile.

Other than that, it really is a matter of personal choice.

If you like the look of freshly cut grass we recommend you choose a fake turf with a 25mm pile, such as Inverness.

Some people may prefer a slightly longer grass and therefore the Aberdeen, with its 35mm pile, would be a great choice.



What is the best pile density for dogs and pets?


The best artificial grass for dogs and pets tends to have quite a dense pile.

A dense pile structure will help your artificial lawn withstand foot traffic from dogs and pets and provide a natural looking appearance.

We recommend that you choose a pile density of somewhere between 16,000 and 18,000 stitches per square metre.



What is the best fibre material to choose for dogs and pets?


Artificial Grass for Dogs

When choosing an artificial grass for dogs and pets, it’s vitally important to choose one that is hard-wearing.

The hardest wearing, most durable fibre used to manufacture artificial grass is nylon.

When looking for the best artificial grass for dogs and pets, choosing one that is made from nylon would be an excellent choice as it will be able to stand up to the heavy, regular use that it will receive.




Does artificial grass for dogs and pets need Instant Recovery Technology?


Instant Recovery Technology enables artificial fibres to recover to an upright position from foot traffic and garden furniture.

Due to the regular use artificial grass for dogs and pets will receive, choosing an artificial lawn with Instant Recovery Technology is a great idea.

Upright fibres are the key to natural looking fake grass and this technology helps to achieve this and will ensure a long-lasting, high-performing artificial lawn.



Does artificial grass for dogs and pets need Feelgood Technology?


Feelgood Technology helps to regulate the temperature of artificial grass.


By reflecting and dissipating the heat from the sun’s rays, Feelgood Technology will keep your lawn up to 12 degrees cooler than artificial grass that does not have this technology.

Without Feelgood Technology you may find that your fake lawn is uncomfortable for you to walk on barefoot, and that means it may be uncomfortable for your pets, too.

With Feelgood Technology, even during hot summer days, your artificial lawn will remain cool to touch and you and your pets will be able to continue to use your fake grass.

Choosing a lawn with Feelgood Technology for your dogs and pets is highly recommended.



Does artificial grass for dogs and pets need Natural Look Technology?


Natural Look technology reduces glare to ensure that your artificial lawn looks as natural as possible from every angle.

In the past, a drawback of artificial grass was that it could look a different shade of green depending on which angle you viewed it from.

This is because some angles cause more glare than others. This technology was developed to reduce glare and create a more ‘natural’ look.

Choosing an artificial grass with Natural Look makes perfect sense, regardless of the application, and therefore when choosing the best artificial grass for dogs and pets, look for a grass with Natural Look Technology.



Will artificial grass for my dog or pet need a foam underlay?


NeoGrass Artificial Grass Foam Underlay Shockpad 1

Installing a foam underlay is not essential for dogs and pets.

There are three main reasons for installing a foam shockpad.

The first is if you want your artificial lawn to have a soft springy feel underfoot, the second is to protect children from the impact of falls, and the final reason is if you are installing directly on to a hard surface.

If your installation will benefit from having an underlay installed, then of course it makes sense to do so, but for a normal installation, as mentioned above, it’s not essential.

If you do opt for an underlay, always choose a foam that is free-draining. The last thing you want is for the underlay to absorb nasty odours.



How should artificial grass be installed for dogs and pets?


The most important thing to remember when installing artificial grass for dogs or pets is that it is vital to install a permeable sub-base.

When Installing Artificial Grass For Dogs Use a Permeable Sub Base

If liquids cannot drain directly through your artificial turf then there is a chance that bad odours may become trapped.

Therefore, when installing your fake grass for a dog or pet, install a 50-75mm sub-base consisting of either granite or limestone chippings.

Even when compacted, tiny holes will remain in the sub-base that will allow liquids, namely urine, to drain through the turf and into the ground below.

To prevent bad odours during the summer months or after long periods without rainfall, you may find that you need to hose down your artificial turf to wash away traces of urine. This is generally more than enough to prevent any nasty odours, however, if you have several dogs, we recommend that you also install a specialist dog infill that will absorb nasty odours, such as DeoFill®.

You can find further information on maintaining your artificial lawn here.

Alongside a permeable sub-base, it’s also vital to ensure that your artificial grass is properly secured at the edges. One of the best ways to do this is to install a treated timber edging, and then nail the perimeter of your fake grass to the timber.

You can also use artificial grass glue to secure the perimeter to other types of edging, such as concrete or metal edging, to prevent dogs and pets from lifting the edges.

Following these installation procedures will ensure your fake grass is installed correctly.

You may even want to seek the advice of your nearest NeoGrass approved installer.



Is there anything else to consider?


artificial lawn for pets

Yes; some of the standard basic buying tips should also be considered before you buy artificial grass for your dog or pet.

Another extremely important consideration is to ensure that your chosen artificial grass has been tested and certified against harmful substances.

Unfortunately, in the past, some artificial grass was shown to contain traces of lead, which of course is harmful both to humans and pets.

Therefore, it’s extremely important to ensure that your artificial grass does not contain anything that will cause any harm to you or your pets.

Ask your manufacturer for any certifications they may have from independent testing bodies, such as Oeko-Tex.

Other important considerations include locating the origin of its manufacturer (European artificial grass tends to be higher quality than Chinese, for instance), checking the length of any warranties given, and ensuring that it has been tested for fire safety.

You can find further information by reading ‘7 Important Considerations When Choosing the Best Artificial Grass’, and you can find more information on choosing the best artificial grass here.





Fake Grass For Dogs

Choosing the best artificial grass for your dog or pet isn’t too different from choosing the best artificial grass in general.

However, there are a few things you should be looking for when considering fake grass for your dog or pet to ensure you get the best performing grass for the intended purpose.

Not all products are suitable for all applications.

If you would like to find out more about fake grass for dogs and pets, you may find our guide, ‘Artificial Grass for Dogs – Everything You Need to Know’, a useful read.

You can also request your free NeoGrass samples or find your nearest approved installer here.

If you have any questions regarding choosing the best artificial grass for your dog or pet, please leave them in the comments section below – we’d love to hear from you.

We hope you’ve found this article useful and thanks for reading!




28 Responses to “How to Choose the Best Fake Grass for Your Dogs & Pets”

    • Neo Grass

      Hi Gillian,

      Thank you for your question.

      You would be fine to install artificial grass onto concrete for your puppy run as long as there is adequate drainage in place.

      Adequate drainage could be a linear drain, hopper or if the existing concrete has a fall towards a plant bed etc. Basically the same methods in which you would use to drain a patio or path to avoid any standing water.

      You’ll need sufficient drainage as you will need to occasionally hose down your artificial grass to prevent lingering odours when your dogs do their business. If the water has nowhere to go, the odours will become trapped.

      To further ensure adequate drainage, we would also recommend drilling holes into the existing concrete. You may wish to check out article ‘How to Install Artificial Grass on Concrete – A Step-by-Step Guide‘ for further information.

      If you need anymore help, please let us know.

      Kind Regards,

      NeoGrass Team

  1. Karen glover

    Hi, could you please advise what grass would be safest for a greyhound who runs fast in a circle. I am worried he will ruin the grass or get his claws caught in the fibres.

    • Neo Grass

      Hi there Karen,
      Thanks for getting in touch with us.
      There are three types of grass in our range that would be suitable for your dog.
      They are Aberdeen, Arena & Inverness.
      These all contain a certain amount of nylon fibres which gives them more strength.
      The Aberdeen & Inverness also have all three of our patented technologies applied, Instant Recovery, Feelgood and Natural Look.
      The Arena just has the Instant Recovery & the Natural Look technology applied.
      If there is anything else we can help you with, such as sending some samples out to you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
      Kind regards,

        • Neo Grass

          Hi Mrs Roberts,
          In order to send you the correct samples for your application could you please answer the following questions.

          What type of application will your artificial grass be used for? (e.g. back garden, front garden, balcony, roof garden etc.)
          Do you have any children or pets that will be using your grass?
          Will you be fitting your grass yourself or would you like a free quote from a NeoGrass Approved Installer?
          Do you know the approximate size of the area that you’re considering?

          You will also need to advise us of your full address details please??
          You can email me direct

          Kind regards,

  2. I have read that fixing the edges stops dogs lifting them however how do you fix the joints in the lawn to ensure that the dog dont lift them. I have 3 dogs who all scratch after going to the toilet so I am concerned the joints will not last

    • Neo Grass

      Morning Paul, sorry for the delay in response.
      When it comes to fixing joints in the lawn, you would have joining tape running on the underside and the tape would be fixed with a strong glue, which we recommend using a product called EnviroStik. Provided the joins are glued successfully then this should be sufficient for the dogs wear and tear.
      Many thanks,

  3. Hello, we are looking to buy some artificial grass to go under our son’s play equipment in the garden to hopefully stop our pets from relieving themselves there and make the area more cushioned for our son. Will we need something to separate the artificial grass from the real grass?
    Many thanks

    • Neo Grass

      Good afternoon Jo,

      If you don’t want the dogs to still relieve themselves on the artificial grass you are going to need to section off this area anyway.

      When it comes to separating between the turf and the artificial grass you will need some kind of edging to retain the sub base and laying course, as well as providing an edge to fix the perimeter of the grass to.

    • Neo Grass

      Hi Terry,
      We have sent you a link here, whereby if you put in your postcode it will bring up your nearest installers to you, but only if they fall within a 20 mile radius.
      If we don’t have any “approved installers” near you, you can still fins another suitable installer from a landscaping company near to you as it doesn’t affect the warranty on the grass at all.

  4. To ensure the best drainage for dog urine, should the artificial grass be placed directly on top of a membrane with grano or sharp sand underneath, or should it be placed directly on top of the grano/sharp sand?

    • Neo Grass

      Hi Heidi,
      Where pets are concerned we advise that you DON’T include the top weed membrane and place the grass straight down on top of the Granite Dust layer.
      Kind regards,

  5. Andrew Shorten

    Good morning
    I’m thinking of doing the installation myself to save money. When it comes to installation for dogs you suggest granite or limestone chippings. Would you also include a layer or granite dust?
    Also does the weed membrane run between the chippings and existing excavated soil?
    Many thanks

    • Neo Grass

      Hi Andrew,
      You generally start with a layer or two of weed membrane right at the bottom of the sub base.
      Then it’s your chippings as you say, followed by the layer of granite dust or limestone dust.
      We don’t suggest putting a final layer of weed membrane down before the grass goes on top as it can sometimes hold the urine smell.
      Kind regards,

  6. Nikita Archer

    Hello, when laying the grass, everyone says to put sand ontop and rake it in. But as I am installing this to be used by a dog, would you not recommend using sand at all?

  7. Hi
    We have artificial grass but it gets very hot in the sun. Literally it would burn your feet if they are bare so we have to keep the dogs off it when it’s sunny. Is any of the grasses available keep cool? Thanks Andrea

    • Neo Grass

      Hi Charlie,
      Absolutely. The grass is perfect for attaching to this kind of surface, but we would suggest to put an underlay down first to eliminate the lines coming through and showing.
      Kind regards,

    • Hi I am looking to put artificial grass down but I want it to be suitable for us to train our dogs for dog agility.

      Type 1 will be put down and then a layer of whin dust, do I need to consider shock absorber to ease the impact on the dogs joints or will 40mm artificial grass be sufficient. The concern is around the smell from dog urine, I would use polyutherane backed grass but concerned the shock absorber would smell if the dogs pee on it?

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