June 10, 2014
Depends upon if you dog likes to chew/eat mulch. If they do, then you will want the dye free much. Though the dye is non-toxic, it does not mean it can be freely digested. For walking on and licking of feet, I have seen no issues our dogs. It will stain white feet for about a half a week if kept wet, then the dyes seem to set being out in the sun. (The same as you see on your hands/gloves when first spreading) We have 5 dachshunds, and have never had any issues. Some do have skin allergies, and have not seen any reaction as they walk around and lay on it. For underlayment, I would put down weed barrier. This will keep the mix of mulch with dirt down, which translates to less surface dirt and mud tracked around on pawns. The other thing is that if you you a nice smooth barrier, your dogs are able to move the mulch out of place to lay down and soak in the sun. Our dachshunds like to make little bed spots on the barrier, and let the sun heat it up a bit and then lay there, so it works well to keep everyone clean having the barrier.
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