After a friend of mine installed artificial turf in her backyard, most of the family’s dog heath issues stopped — including sneezing and scratching. The vet said that probably the dog was allergic to the weeds and weed killer she was putting on the natural grass. I’ve read that there can also be a lot of fungus growing in the grass all year long. Artificial turf is tough and can withstand the roughness that a dog often can create. I don’t think I’ve ever seen my neighbor’s dog as happy as he is now – thanks to artificial turf.