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Question UGODOG vs. Rascal Dog

I'm looking at both of these indoor potty options right now, and would love some advice. I'm having a tough time deciding between the two.

The grates on the UGODOG look like they have larger holes, which may be easier to clean if poop got in there. But the UGODOG is shallow...the sides appear to be level with the grates.

The grates on the Rascal Dog seem to have tiny holes, which might be tough to clean poop out of, but I love the higher sides (even if you don't use the walls).

I would love to hear people's experiences with these two options. The seem to both have pros and cons.

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I've seen both, but only own the Rascal Dog, which I like very much. I haven't had any problem with poop getting caught in the grate, but I didn't get it when Kodi was a puppy, his poop tends to be well formed and, honestly, I don't know that he has ever pooped on the grate.

I tend to use litter with no grate. I occasionally use the grate either when the box is in our travel trailer and I don't want it to spill while we're traveling, or if he has an upset tummy. Dogs tend to eat things they shouldn't if their tummy is bothering them (stupid, I know, but that's what they do!) and I don't want to take a chance of him ingesting a bunch of pellets if he's not feeling well. So if he's acting like somethings bothering him, I just flip the grate down and know there is no way he can get at the pellets. (I would HAVE to use the grate all the time if I used pee pads… he is a totally untrustworthy "pee pad eater"!


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We have both, and try to expose puppies to using them. If you are going to get one, get the Rascal. I don't like the grates, but a dog can be trained to one. You need an extra grate, and a big sink to clean one in.
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I have the Ugodog and I like it. It's easy to clean and Brody took to it well. I'd probably have a problem with it if he was a leg lifter and missed, but he stands when he pees (even outside).

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Thanks everyone for your replies. I'm still on the fence. Has anyone used the Rascal Dog with the Grates?

I like the idea of the grates because I don't want her to be stepping in her pee. My husband is also being stubborn about litter (we've had cats...he's litter shy!).

Has anyone had any issues with either that they could share?

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Thanks everyone for your replies. I'm still on the fence. Has anyone used the Rascal Dog with the Grates?

I like the idea of the grates because I don't want her to be stepping in her pee. My husband is also being stubborn about litter (we've had cats...he's litter shy!).

Has anyone had any issues with either that they could share?

Thanks,
As I mentioned, I DO use the grates… sometimes. Kodi has no problem peeing on them at all. I suspect if he'd been trained from younger, he wouldn't mind pooping on it either. But he wasn't introduced to the grate until he was fully adult. (over 2 years) I know Tom King hasn't had any problem with the puppies learned to both pee and poop on the grate.


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As I mentioned, I DO use the grates… sometimes. Kodi has no problem peeing on them at all. I suspect if he'd been trained from younger, he wouldn't mind pooping on it either. But he wasn't introduced to the grate until he was fully adult. (over 2 years) I know Tom King hasn't had any problem with the puppies learned to both pee and poop on the grate.
Karen, I'm so sorry. I misunderstood...I thought Kodi had never used the grates to poop, and cleaning the grates after a poop is my main concern.

I apologize if I'm becoming a pain with so many questions. I want to make as many informed purchases as possible for this puppy, as it's quite a lot of money when all is said and done...and more than a little overwhelming! With the potty solutions and the grooming supplies and the toys and toys and the toys (okay...I went a little overboard on the toys!)...I'm just trying to avoid buying something I will regret later.

These two options are so similar, but have differences...I'm just having a hard time deciding which one is best for us.

We bring Lulah home in 40 days. Since I'm in Canada, somethings take a long time to be delivered. I'd like to have this part figured out soon!

Thanks for your patience!

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Cate, has your breeder started the puppies on potty training? If so, what system does she use? Perhaps you could start with that and then decide what is best for you as time goes on. I understand that your husband is reluctant to have another litter box, but if that's what the breeder is using, it may be a beginning alternative and thus end your indecision for now, as there are so many other things to think about.


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Karen, I'm so sorry. I misunderstood...I thought Kodi had never used the grates to poop, and cleaning the grates after a poop is my main concern.

I apologize if I'm becoming a pain with so many questions. I want to make as many informed purchases as possible for this puppy, as it's quite a lot of money when all is said and done...and more than a little overwhelming! With the potty solutions and the grooming supplies and the toys and toys and the toys (okay...I went a little overboard on the toys!)...I'm just trying to avoid buying something I will regret later.

These two options are so similar, but have differences...I'm just having a hard time deciding which one is best for us.

We bring Lulah home in 40 days. Since I'm in Canada, somethings take a long time to be delivered. I'd like to have this part figured out soon!

Thanks for our patience!
I understand completely! I don't think you will be disappointed with either one. Lots of people have and use both of these systems and like them.


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I want to make as many informed purchases as possible for this puppy, as it's quite a lot of money when all is said and done...and more than a little overwhelming! With the potty solutions and the grooming supplies and the toys and toys and the toys (okay...I went a little overboard on the toys!)...I'm just trying to avoid buying something I will regret later.
I COMPLETELY understand this as I am preparing for my little one to come home in about 30 days now. I researched, researched, and researched my purchase. I read reviews, asked questions, stared at pictures, etc. One good resource to use is YouTube. You can watch each product being used and reviewed by owners.
They both look like nice systems. I ended up choosing the Rascal Dog for a couple reasons. I liked the fact that it has sides on it and that it had the grass pad. I originally liked the idea of the grass pad possibly making it easier to transition to going outside, which is where I would ultimately prefer my pup to go. Now, I am hearing that the grass pad stinks and not to use it. My breeder trains on washable pee pads so I purchased a few of those and I plan on putting one inside the Rascal Dog box and eventually working away from using that and towards disposables. If you order a Rascal Dog from their website, you get a free bottle of pee attractant spray. I don't know if it works, but I figure whatever helps....
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