Best Artificial Grass For Dogs: 5+ Pet-Friendly Turf Options
By Ciana Gitre
| Fact Checked By: Lamont Robbins
Published: July 7, 2021 | Updated: September 2, 2021
Make your outdoor space the dream backyard for you and your furry friends! Pets need time outdoors and deserve an area where they can play, rest, and have fun! Artificial grass can provide all the benefits of natural grass without the hassle of maintenance, pesticides and herbicides, and dealing with unpredictable dirt and holes.
If you’re ready to take the next step with synthetic grass that’s perfect for your guests and furry friends, then explore the best options below. We’ve highlighted the benefits of our top artificial grass rolls and rugs, our recommended infills, and provided answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Our Best Artificial Grass Products
- Best Overall: Pet Turf Rolls
- Top Cooling Technology: Pet Pro Turf Rolls
- Most Drainage Perforations: K9 Turf Rolls
- Best Warranty: Bow Wow Turf Rolls
- Most UV Resistance: Pet Turf Rugs
- Easiest Temporary Solution: Bow Wow Turf Rugs
- Most Eco-Friendly: Durafill Infill
- Best Odor Control: Zeolite Max Infill
- Best Temperature Regulation: Hydrochill Infill
What is Artificial Grass?
Artificial grass is a popular alternative to natural grass. It’s an environmentally friendly option that doesn’t require regular maintenance and stays looking great year-round. For animals, we recommend pet-friendly turf as it’s a safe material for them and more comfortable than traditional artificial grass under paws.
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Benefits of Artificial Grass
- No pesticides or herbicides: Ticks, fleas, and ants love to live in natural grass. You won’t find these bug issues with synthetic grass. Your pet will be even happier, too! No more itchy run-ins with parasites.
- Eco-friendly: You can save up to 99,000 gallons of water each year if you switch to artificial grass. This eco-conscious option helps to conserve water for other resources.
- Digging: Having fake grass for dogs makes them less likely to dig in your backyard. Also, because the soil isn’t available at the surface, you’ll have fewer muddy paws to deal with.
- Easy maintenance: Pet turf makes clean-up easy. With additional perforations for drainage, you can mitigate liquids remaining on the surface. Paired with the proper turf infill, you can significantly reduce lingering odor as well.
- Return on investment: By saving money on water bills, you’ll see a return on investment with your long-term artificial turf. Not only will you have green grass year-round, but you won’t have to keep reinvesting in your lawn appearance.
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What to Look For in Pet-Friendly Artificial Grass
Several factors can impact your artificial grass experience and overall longevity. Below are the main factors to look out for.
Texture: Pet turf is made with your pooch in mind. Compared to stiff, traditional turf options, our pet-friendly versions are slightly curled and flatter to feel better under paws.
Face weight: Artificial turf face weight is the weight of the synthetic fibers per square yard. The number of ounces for the face weight does not include the turf backing. Face weights can range from 40 oz to 90 oz, but we recommend sticking to around 60 oz for most hyperactive dogs. In general, the higher the face weight, the better the durability of the turf product!
Pile height: Pile height is one of the most important things to consider for pet-friendly synthetic turf. To help create the plushest experience, our artificial grass products come with 3/4″ to 1-1/4″ thick blades.
Versatility: Artificial green grass is trendy for multiple settings! You can incorporate turf sections into residential and commercial spaces for both interior design and practicality. In addition, if you feel inspired by nature, green artificial turf can help bring feelings of positivity, freshness, and tranquility to your home.
Best Artificial Grass for Dogs
Give your best friend the most realistic grass experience! Our top-ranked pet-friendly synthetic grass options come ready to impress with a variety of benefits. We’ve got something for everyone. From plush texture to optimized drainage to ultra-durable, UV resistant materials.
Pet Turf Rolls
Pet Turf Rolls are a classic all-around winner for pet-friendly artificial grass. With superior resilience, durability, and drainage holes for pet waste, it’s the perfect addition to backyards, doggy daycare centers, and even indoors.
“Recently, I moved from Ohio to southern Arizona with two senior dogs. Arizona has very little grass, and our courtyard is a combination of pavers and rocks. The dogs were not happy! I ordered a piece of the pet turf in the hope of making them comfortable again. They lay on their ‘grass’ and are happier being outside again.” – Dawn Hawkins from Green Valley, AZ
- 15-year warranty
- UV stable
- Contains no lead or heavy metals
- Superior drainage
Bow Wow Turf Rolls
Our Bow Wow Turf Rolls are so soft; you’ll want to roll and play on them, too! They’re the perfect alternative to natural grass. You can easily install and maintain your rolls either outdoors or indoors. Best of all, Bow Wow Turf Rolls have an impressive 15-year warranty.
“My decision to go with artificial grass is because my townhouse backs out to a wooded area. No matter what I did to get real grass to grow, it just became a waste of money. It’s been a few weeks since I laid the artificial grass, and I can’t believe the transformation. The turf is soft, my dog loves rolling around on it, and the maintenance is zero to none. I would highly recommend this product.” – Odenton, Maryland
- Indoor/outdoor turf
- Easy installation and maintenance
- 15-year warranty
- Versatile application
K9 Turf Rolls
Anywhere you want soft, realistic-looking grass, K9 Turf Rolls can provide just that. They’re pet-approved for their easy-to-maintain material that can take on a significant amount of liquids without any issues. Your dogs will have a blast playing on this pet turf and without damaging it. To ensure your happiness, K9 Turf Rolls are backed by a 15-year warranty.
“The grass at our dog park was constantly looking terrible, especially after it rained and the dogs were running around on it. Adding the turf has proved to be an excellent choice as it continues to look nice! Highly recommend this for dog parks.” – Barb from Des Moines, IA
- USA made
- 3x drainage perforations
- Soft, natural grass feel
- Heat and frost resistant
Pet Pro Turf Rolls
Pet Pro Turf Rolls are the perfect example of turf meets technology. This artificial grass is superior to alternative artificial grasses with CoolFlo Technology and Anti-microbial Technology infused into the yarn. As these rolls are also UV stable and resistant to heat and frost, you can place them anywhere you please – outdoors or indoors.
- UV stable yarn
- Antimicrobial material
- Drainage rate of 100+” per hour
- CoolFlo Technology
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Best Artificial Grass Mats for Dogs
If you’re looking for the same great qualities found in our pet turf rolls but a smaller size, then artificial grass mats are for you! They’re fantastic for smaller spaces outdoors and make for the perfect size potty station indoors. Explore the benefits and customer testimonials of two of our favorite options.
Bow Wow Turf Rugs
Bow Wow Turf Rugs make portable pet-friendly artificial grass easy! You can use these small rugs in offices, homes, and on decks and patios. Maintenance is also effortless. These fake grass rolls are resistant to mold, mildew, and staining and can be rolled up easily for transport whenever needed.
“This grass is for our dog, and she loves it. The rest of the patio is a pool and concrete. The grass is soft and seems durable. We laid it over pea gravel. It looks good and realistic.” – Kathleen from Citrus Heights, CA
- Rated for indoor/outdoor applications
- Easy installation
- 15-year warranty
- Great for decks and patios
Pet Turf Rugs
Pet Turf Rugs are a must-have for busy pet owners, doggy daycare centers, and veterinary settings. With additional perforations for drainage and non-absorbent material, you can confidently place it anywhere you would like without the worry of spills. Additionally, Pet Turf Rugs have a soft, non-abrasive texture that feels great under paws.
“I love this pet turf rug. I have it lying on my back deck with a rocking bench and flowers on both sides. It is a very inviting spot to sit and look over my patio. The feel of this pet turf is very nice when walking barefoot on it. Best of all, my dog can do whatever he wants to on this rug because it is easy to clean by spraying it with a hose. I recommend pet turf for anyone who has a dog.” – Njr from Oregon
- Authentic grass feel
- Paw-friendly texture
- Superior drainage perforations
- No heavy metals or lead
Best Artificial Grass Infill for Pets
Artificial grass infill. It’s an essential item to have when installing and maintaining artificial grass. But did you know that some artificial grass infills can be toxic for pets or even make the surface hotter for paws during warmer months? Well, we’ve got the top-rated infills and information you need to ensure your furry friend stays comfortable and safe while your lawn stays in great shape.
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Durafill, also known as Envirofill, is a fantastic choice for eco-conscious pet owners. This artificial turf infill is environmentally friendly, 100% non-toxic, and sanitary for your pets. In addition, it prevents bacterial growth and is much cooler under the sun than traditional black crumb rubber. Durafill also has large granules, which works well for larger landscapes.
“For starters, I love that it’s green. It keeps the grass decently cool, and my four dogs have gone to the bathroom on the artificial turf, and with just rinsing immediately after, there is no smell. I think the infill played a big role in that as compared to silica sand or rubber etc.” – Cherish from Sacramento CA
- Prevents bacteria growth
- Environmentally friendly
- Cooler under direct sunlight
- More sanitary than silica
The smell of urine can be a deterrent when it comes to artificial grasses. However, Zeolite Max works to trap and neutralize ammonia-based odors directly on your pet turf or in the surrounding air. One of the critical features of the Zeolite Max infill is the one-time application. For best results, we recommend doubling up below your turf and on top with it.
- Neutralizes ammonia-based odors directly
- One-time application
- Non-toxic and biodegradable
- Can be applied on top of current installations
Hydrochill is the ultimate solution to hot artificial turf during the summertime. This infill can reduce the surface temperature of your synthetic grass by 30 to 50 degrees cooler compared to standard infills. All you have to do is spray water over the turf and reapply infill when needed. Additionally, you can mix Hydrochill with our other two infill options to reduce pet urine odor.
“This stuff really works, especially living in Arizona. Just water the turf every 3-4 days, and it keeps the ground at a reasonable temp, so my dog or I can enjoy it during the tough months.” – Arizona resident
- Regulates temperature in direct sunlight
- Safe and non-toxic
- UV resistant
- Won’t affect turf performance
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Artificial Grass FAQ
Have concerns about artificial grass? We’ve got answers to the most common questions about artificial turf, how to install it, and the average costs.
Is Artificial Grass Non-toxic?
In general, artificial grass is non-toxic. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission deemed synthetic grass safe in 2008, and the grass alternative has since then posed no threat to consumers’ safety.
Safety is our #1 priority. Unlike other synthetic options on the market, we offer the safest pet turf products that contain zero toxic chemicals, metals, or lead.
How Do You Install Artificial Grass?
Artificial grass installation is relatively easy when you have the right tools and a couple of helpers to get the job done. However, for the most durable solution for backyards and animal-centric businesses, we recommend permanently installing your flooring.
Steps for Artificial Turf Installation
- Remove natural grass.
- Prep and compact the base.
- Create a weed barrier.
- Lay, fit, and seam the turf. Seaming options include nails, glue, and seam tape or staples.
- Tuck the turf edges.
- Add infill.
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How Much Does Artificial Grass Cost?
According to HomeAdvisor, the national average cost to install artificial grass is $4,721. Our artificial grasses range from $2.69 to $3.49 per sqft. For a 1,000 sqft yard, the price could be anywhere from $2,690 to $3,490 for your turf project. Higher quality artificial grasses also impact costs and lead to a broader range in pricing. Depending on the size of the space and intended purpose, you may want to consider rugs instead of rolls.
Most people love their decision to go with artificial grass because it saves money in the long run. It is a long-term investment that will not require maintenance or regular watering to look great, saving you thousands of dollars a year.
How Do You Clean Artificial Grass for Dogs?
Fake grass for dogs allows liquids to drain efficiently through the material to a lower subfloor. You can clean your artificial grass rolls and rugs by periodically sweeping and picking up any dirt or waste and hosing it down. For basic stains and blemishes, you may wash your artificial grass with a gentle household detergent and warm water solution.
For concerns over animal urine and the smell, a mixture of distilled white vinegar mixed with an equal amount of water will refresh your artificial turf and make it clean again. You can use this easy, DIY cleaning solution weekly, and it will not affect your pet’s health either.
Want something simpler? Our Turf Fresh cleaner is a concreated solution that can help revive and disinfect your pet turf without any toxic chemicals. We recommend you dampen your turf with water, spray the solution, and leave overnight for the best cleaning power. No rinsing required!
How Do You Maintain Artificial Grass?
When it comes to maintaining artificial grass, the first thing you can do is make sure there is always enough infill. This will make it feel more even underfoot, help the turf stand upright, and fill any sections that lost density.
If your turf has become worn down and matted over time, brushing can restore the natural grass-look appearance. Make sure to use a synthetic brush with your artificial grass, as a wire-bristled or metal brush can damage your turf blades. Also, we do not recommend vacuuming your artificial turf.
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