8 Dog Potties That Are Better Than Trees
There are only two places where a dog can pee and poop: outside or inside. Now, we know some of you might say, "There's only one place my dog can poop!" Truthfully, I agree with you in theory, but even the totally housebroken dog may need to "go" inside at times.
For example, there are dogs that won't go outside in the rain or snow. Heck, sometimes the owner doesn't want to go out there either!
What happens to the inside dog, when his parents don't come home on time and a doggy-door is not available? Then there's the older dog or the sick pup, who may not be able to hold his urine or feces overnight. What if you are ill or injured and can't take your dog for a walk?
Many possibilities might make you look into getting one of these new dog potties for Spot, other than the obvious one of potty training your dog. Let's start with the most luxurious dog potty this writer has seen...
1. The Classic Penthouse Indoor Dog Potty
Classic and classical in looks, the wooden frame of the Penthouse indoor potty looks like more like a four-poster bed (it does weight 60 pounds!), but I did say it was the most luxurious of the dog potties. The bed support in this case is actually a 42" square grate covered by artificial turf. When your dog urinates on the turf, it drops down through the grate into an equally large tray, which can be dumped. You have to remove the other mess from the turf yourself. Available at the Cosmopolitan Canine. (Update: Item is no longer available. You can see some great dog potties here.)
2. The New Wave Outdoor Penthouse Potty
Those who live in penthouses with love this solution. Here's a version of the Penthouse Potty that you can keep on your balcony. It's weather resistant, made of polyvinyl, but the insides are the same. The New Wave is 9" high and weighs only 23 pounds fully equipped. Both of the Penthouse Potties come complete; no doggy pads are required. Available at the Cosmopolitan Canine. (Update: Item is no longer available. You can see some great dog potties here.)
3. Doggy Solutions Pet Patio Potty
The Pet Patio Potty is a custom-made, handcrafted potty for your pooch. The frame can be made of redwood or high-density polyethylene. Even a cover can be made for it out of Sunbrella fabric. The Pet Patio Potty insides are structured in layers. The floor is first filled with litter! (Yep, cat litter!) A grated substrate tray adds an inner layer to the potty; either synthetic turf or gravel is placed in this layer. After urination, just the litter tray can be cleaned. Occasionally the turf or gravel should be hosed off well. Available from Doggy Solutions. (Update: Item is no longer available. You can see some great dog potties here.)
4. The Metropolitan Dog Potty
The reason I suggest you look into the dog potties at Metropolitan is that it has several different styles and sizes that look attractive and Metropolitan also offers custom-made options. Models come complete with wood frames, foundation trays, tray liners, and faux grass. There is no grate; instead, the turf has 1/2" holes to drain urine. Check out what is offered at Metropolitan Dog Potty . (Update: Item is no longer available. You can see some great dog potties here.)
5. The Indoor Dog Restroom
This is a much simpler version of the Penthouse Potties, employing just the innards of the same kind of system: a tray, a grate, and artificial turf that has the special smell that makes dogs pee there. This turf has an antimicrobial composition that keeps it from retaining the odors of urine and feces. The tray is a bit smaller than the Penthouses: 1" H x 30" W x 20" L. (6 1/2 lbs.) Available at Hammacher Schlemmer. (Update: Item is no longer available. You can see some great dog potties here.)
6. UGODOG Indoor Dog Potty
To UGODOG system uses just a grate and a shell -- no turf. There are actually two grates on the UGODOG that fit together, side by side, into the 28" x 19" pan; two grates are easier to lift and clean. Also, the manufacturer suggests that grating is preferable to grass, because the dog doesn't step in his urine and track it all over the house. If you are concerned about the effect of the grating on your dog's paws, the UGODOG grating has apparently been designed to cushion the paws, through the use of convex beams. Supports small and large dogs. You can use newspaper between the grates and the pan, making cleanup a bit easier. Available at Amazon.com.
7. The Pet Potty Dog Toilet
This unit doesn't use litter, or turf, or gravel... nothing like that. Just an easily rinsable plastic tray titled atop a ceramic frame that attaches to your plumbing. When puppy pees or poops, you rinse it down with a hose and flush! There it goes! Sounds like a great solution, but it's pretty pricey for even a human toilet! At ThePetPotty.net. .(Update: Item is no longer available. You can see some great dog potties here.)
See the Pet Potty Dog Toilet in action on this YouTube video.
8. The Potty Rock
I just had to include this, even if the Potty Rock is not, officially, a dog potty, but a housebreaking tool. You can start using the Potty Rock inside the house, on top of some newspaper or other absorbant material around it. (The Potty Rock has the odor that's irresistable to a dog.) Once pup is housebroken, you can move the Rock outside to where you want her to "do her business," as seen below.
These dog potties are great for certain situations that physically prevent your dog from going outside for a walk or a run, but it's critical for Spot to get sun and exercise, just like you, so the dog potties should not be used in lieu of these activities. Additionally, if you can spare a few weeks at home to housebreak your new dog or puppy, I strongly suggest using a crate-training method instead of dog potty methods to potty train your dog. Here's a spot where you can learn a bit about crate training.
Top photo:credit AcmeCanine.com
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