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I've been in FL now for 25 hurricane seasons and I just time potty breaks around the weather. But I am considering purchasing a few pieces of sod and laying it in my backyard in a currently mulched garden. If a hurricane is coming, I would put a cheap tarp down in the garage and bring the sod in. Put it on the tarp and that would be Shadow's toilet area. Then it would be relocated back to the yard for the next storm.
Those little grass potty systems look pretty small to me.
That's a great idea, though, to get the dog used to pottying on the sod outdoors first, then bring that SAME sod, with his smell on it, indoors when/if needed!
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This idea would not work if you have to evacuate though. I am about 6 miles from the coast and the highest ground in the county. It's in the last evacuation zone. That's why I picked this home and why I've stayed here for so long. In 25 years, the power has gone out once due to a storm for anything more than a few minutes. Two years ago, we lost power for 16 hours. Very thankful for it to come back on but many areas were up to 2 weeks.
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Thank you all so much for your input! I can use some of each idea together and make an inside working place for the potty for him. I think he may go for the real grass and tarp idea- I don't have any idea
if he ever had any inside "potty" training. He was already perfectly potty trained for outside when we rescued him.(Nice surprise!) Karen, wonderful. You hit the nail on the head. I have a large litter box from our cat in our garage on a shelf. ( She is gone 10 years, glad I didn't listen to the Mr. and get rid of it.)Perfect. I will get the large piece of sod, tarp, newspaper etc. and be ready. It is worth a try! I can't thank all of you enough. Molly, Tere, Melissa, Eva, Jeanniek, Barbara, Karen. What a wonderful group of members for us Hav families to count on for help. Thank you so much. I will get it ready for use and see if he is curious when he sees it...Ill try and introduce him to it and see how that goes. Maybe we won't be needing it, but nice to be prepared for anything.
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I LOVE the grass idea! I might try experimenting with grass on his old potty tray in the garage for snowstorms.

I hope you donít need it, but itís comforting to have a plan
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With prime time hurricane season almost here, I have given this (too much) thought.
Pinch A Penny pools gives (free) liners for your trunk when you buy liquid chlorine. I think they are disposable cat litter box liners. I must have 10 of them in the garage. They are the perfect fit for a piece of sod that I have bought recently. I think different places have bigger and smaller pieces though. I am going to put maybe 8 pieces in the liners in my yard in the trays and then put it on the tarp!!
Oh boy, I have really overthought this one!
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Look at the different sizes of Sterilite plastic boxes in some place like Walmart, and if you find one that will work, put some sod in that. If that works, you can then start putting some litter in the corners, and gradually over more area, until you no longer need to have the sod.

We use Equine Pine Pellets from Tractor Supply, which are 5.99 for a 40 pound bag. We start puppies at 3 weeks old on them, but for an adult dog, you're going to have to trick them into learning to use pellets.
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Oh! Pools! That's another idea! What about the smallest size kiddie pool you can get with the sod inside it? Two people could carry it inside or outside, or even put it in a (big) car in the case of evacuation.

I would definitely first try to get him to use it outdoors, since that's what he's used to. Then when he has already pottied on it, bring it indoors to where ever you plan to keep it and start working with him there.


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A kiddie pool would be perfect but getting it home is the problem. I have a small sedan, it would never fit.
A friend bought the smallest one and broke trying to get it in her minivan. She was shocked at how really big and bulky they are.
I'm going with the (free) kitty litter trays. They are about 3 inches tall. I may even purchase a firehydrant to put in the center. I used to have one in my yard years ago, left it when I moved. The dogs loved it!
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A kiddie pool would be perfect but getting it home is the problem. I have a small sedan, it would never fit.
A friend bought the smallest one and broke trying to get it in her minivan. She was shocked at how really big and bulky they are.
I'm going with the (free) kitty litter trays. They are about 3 inches tall. I may even purchase a firehydrant to put in the center. I used to have one in my yard years ago, left it when I moved. The dogs loved it!
I was mostly talking about the OP, whose dog has never used an indoor potty. (as far as she knows) But you're right, it totally depends on the size car available. That's why an ex-pen with a tarp inside also makes a good option... THat fits in just about any car. And the sod can be rolled up in the tarp and put in the trunk if you really need to evacuate. I don't think you'd need enough sod to cover the whole bottom. Just enough that the dog can wander around on it a little.


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It is Rascal Dog that was, IMO, the best, and is no longer available in the US (though it is in the UK the last time I looked into it. But I just went to the UgoDog site and saw that they, too list both sizes as "out of stock" Too bad. It seems harder and harder to find a box that is large enough, works with litter and also has a grate.

But for the OP. this one might work: https://smile.amazon.com/Synturfmats...ZMQ1MM5HB7MJ3B
wasn't there a post a while back of someone making their own box with grate? If you did that, then you could make it whatever size you wanted (to the biggest 'box' you could find/ fit)
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