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I saw a "grass" pad at Petco that has a waterproof/disposable pad under. Has anyone tried this? Our Bella and Dani are housebroken but some times they prefer indoor plumbing--especially when it's raining or they played too hard and didn't plan ahead. If I get this, I'll let you all know how good it is.
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oooh...yes, please do!

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Personally, I think those things are gross and full of bacteria! I would recommend a dog litter box with either a wee pad or dog litter. Roscoe uses this system indoors (box w/wee pad) and it works for us. If you get the smaller box you can get more uses out of the wee pad because you fold it in half before putting it in the potty!

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Nancy - I use K-9 grass http://www.k9grass.com/ in a plastic dog crate tray with a puppy pee pad under it to soak up any urine. I have used this system for nearly two years and have been very pleased with it. Daisy and Beau both were VERY easy to house-break. I've posted before about Beau....he only had 2 or 3 accidents during his house-breaking. As puppies, they took IMMEDIATELY to the grass and made the "connection" to the outdoor grass. It doesn't feel like carpet - so they never go on carpet....

Both my havies ring a bell at the back door when they want to go outside. They prefer to go outside...but will use the potty grass if we're not available. I leave Beau and Daisy loose in the house when we're out. Sometimes we end up staying away longer than we'd planned. I don't have to worry about my havies being uncomfortable because they have to "go". They will use the potty grass in that situation. I keep it in the sunroom by the back door.

Some of the artificial grass systems don't use the real K-9 brand grass. Those can get smelly....but I've not had that problem with the K-9 grass. It has antimicrobial properties. I have two of the K-9grass mats, so I always have a clean spare. I spray it with "Simple Solution" and hose it down when needed.

Check out the K-9 grass website (above link) and you can see the back of the pad is a knit that easily allows urine to pass through. I've thought about placing the grass on top of a mesh of some sort...but I've never done it. They don't go on it that often - I just pull up the grass and see if the pee-pad has anything on it....

It's worth it to me to know Daisy and Beau have it available in emergencies and I don't fret if we stay away longer than planned....

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Nancy - I use K-9 grass http://www.k9grass.com/ in a plastic dog crate tray with a puppy pee pad under it to soak up any urine. I have used this system for nearly two years and have been very pleased with it. Daisy and Beau both were VERY easy to house-break. I've posted before about Beau....he only had 2 or 3 accidents during his house-breaking. As puppies, they took IMMEDIATELY to the grass and made the "connection" to the outdoor grass. It doesn't feel like carpet - so they never go on carpet....

Both my havies ring a bell at the back door when they want to go outside. They prefer to go outside...but will use the potty grass if we're not available. I leave Beau and Daisy loose in the house when we're out. Sometimes we end up staying away longer than we'd planned. I don't have to worry about my havies being uncomfortable because they have to "go". They will use the potty grass in that situation. I keep it in the sunroom by the back door.

Some of the artificial grass systems don't use the real K-9 brand grass. Those can get smelly....but I've not had that problem with the K-9 grass. It has antimicrobial properties. I have two of the K-9grass mats, so I always have a clean spare. I spray it with "Simple Solution" and hose it down when needed.

Check out the K-9 grass website (above link) and you can see the back of the pad is a knit that easily allows urine to pass through. I've thought about placing the grass on top of a mesh of some sort...but I've never done it. They don't go on it that often - I just pull up the grass and see if the pee-pad has anything on it....

It's worth it to me to know Daisy and Beau have it available in emergencies and I don't fret if we stay away longer than planned....
That looks like an amazing product. I can see using it when we spend a night in the hotel. Thanks for the link.
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My dogs are very much house trained, but are also trained to paper, always available and pee pads for bad weather or late nights in a motel. I like the idea of giving me an option of a walk or them using an alternative to the yard.

Good luck with this device and keep us posted.

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My dogs are very much house trained, but are also trained to paper, always available and pee pads for bad weather or late nights in a motel. I like the idea of giving me an option of a walk or them using an alternative to the yard.

Good luck with this device and keep us posted.
I also use a back up plan. Washable, reusable potty pads. I have one who doesn't like to potty in rain. With 3, all have different potty habits. They primarily use outdoor potty but it is nice to have them know what and how to use an alternative in case of cases.

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Personally, I think those things are gross and full of bacteria! I would recommend a dog litter box with either a wee pad or dog litter. Roscoe uses this system indoors (box w/wee pad) and it works for us. If you get the smaller box you can get more uses out of the wee pad because you fold it in half before putting it in the potty!
I agree. We use wood stove pellets in our litter boxes, but I REALLY like that we get rid of the soiled litter. I don't even know WHERE I'd wash fake grass that had been peed and pooped on. I wouldn't want it in the kitchen sink or the bath tub, and we don't have a utility sink. Even if I DID have a utility sink, I wouldn't want to deal with it.

I like the wood stove pellets because they are completely biodegradable. We just toss them into to woods. The "official" dog litter is pressed newspaper, so that should be totally biodegradable as well.


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I actually bought that grass patch at petco but ended up returning it and decided to make my own version of the $200+ Porch Potty! I went to Home Depot and bought a washing machine tray (about 2.5' x 2.5') and then bought a plastic grid (used for fluorescent lighting) and I cut it to fit inside the tray and act as a grate. Then I bought one strip of sod (only $2.79) and cut it to fit on top! So it's real grass and it stays on our patio since we are in an apartment. Colby rings the bell to go out and potty on his little grass patch! He immediately took to it since it was real grass that he was used to. I had the intention of switching to astroturf once he got used to it but the sod lasted almost 2 months so I decided to just buy new sod when needed since it is so cheap. The whole thing cost me about $50 instead of $200+ for the Porch Potty version (www.porchpotty.com)! Although mine is not self rinsing, the real grass absorbs most of the pee and then I just through it away.

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I actually bought that grass patch at petco but ended up returning it and decided to make my own version of the $200+ Porch Potty! I went to Home Depot and bought a washing machine tray (about 2.5' x 2.5') and then bought a plastic grid (used for fluorescent lighting) and I cut it to fit inside the tray and act as a grate. Then I bought one strip of sod (only $2.79) and cut it to fit on top! So it's real grass and it stays on our patio since we are in an apartment. Colby rings the bell to go out and potty on his little grass patch! He immediately took to it since it was real grass that he was used to. I had the intention of switching to astroturf once he got used to it but the sod lasted almost 2 months so I decided to just buy new sod when needed since it is so cheap. The whole thing cost me about $50 instead of $200+ for the Porch Potty version (www.porchpotty.com)! Although mine is not self rinsing, the real grass absorbs most of the pee and then I just through it away.
I'm interested in this because we're moving soon and the new apartment will have a place where the dogs can potty right off the bedroom. I want to get them used to going outside and not so much on pee pads but I'm having a hard time envisioning how that works... what do you do when it rains? Does it overflow? I know that sounds silly, but we do get some heavy rains here and I'm just trying to understand how you can keep it all in. Also, by how long the sod lasted, do you mean that it started smelling, that it died, or what after two months? I would really like to do this myself so any and all tips are welcome. Thanks!


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