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old thread, don't bother to open, I just needed to update it

Edited to add about a year later: We ended up not liking this stuff, and have gone back to using wood pellet litter.










We're working on using a different surface than litter with our current new puppies. It's going great so far. The stuff comes in a bunch of different colors, but we have to get a 4x8 piece, and cut it down to useable sizes. It does not hold odor like synthetic grass does, and is easier to clean.

This link shows the colors. The first color we bought, and currently using, is Sandstone, but we'd like to know what would be the most preferred color of the majority of people.

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http://www.directmat.com/product.asp?productid=288

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Maybe green grass would be good! Puppies can link that with grass which will be their future potty surface

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I like Ashberry. Doesn't hold the smell? I want to try this! Looking at the loops on the picture - is there any concern that nails might get caught in the loops?
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We're working on using a different surface than litter with our current new puppies. It's going great so far. The stuff comes in a bunch of different colors, but we have to get a 4x8 piece, and cut it down to useable sizes. It does not hold odor like synthetic grass does, and is easier to clean.

This link shows the colors. The first color we bought, and currently using, is Sandstone, but we'd like to know what would be the most preferred color of the majority of people.

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http://www.directmat.com/product.asp?productid=288
I'd choose either the sandstone or the hunter green.


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I'd choose either the sandstone or the hunter green.
I agree with Karen.


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I like Ashberry. Doesn't hold the smell? I want to try this! Looking at the loops on the picture - is there any concern that nails might get caught in the loops?
The little puppies don't have any problem at all, so I don't think larger dogs would.
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6 views, and 5 replies, this is great feedback!
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I agree with the rest. The sandstone if you are trying teach solely indoor potty. People will want a neutral color. Green if you are getting ready to move them to the great outdoors.

I am trying visualize how they will work instead of the litter. How do you clean them? Do you lift them out daily and rinse? I think we will need another tutorial.

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Maybe green grass would be good! Puppies can link that with grass which will be their future potty surface
Except dogs don't see color the way we do. And I'm SURE they can tell the difference between plastic and grass.

Plus, my experience was that an indoor potty option was NO barrier to learning to go outside. Kodi started pottying outdoors, his own decision, the first day he was home. In the long run, it has been the litter box that we've had to work to maintain.


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Color won't make any difference at all to the puppies. It's all about surface.

We are using a piddle pad underneath, and changing when needed. Having spare mats makes it easy to make a change. The used mat goes in a laundry sink to wash. Liquid runs right through it, and it's a lot easier to clean than synthetic grass.

The little puppies have only been using it for a week, but to my sensitive nose, even the used ones don't smell. We also have some litter on top of another mat for the other dogs to use, and it's holding up well to a quick wash too with no retained smell.
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