Indoor Dog Potties

It's been a long day at work. You were so busy, you didn't even take time to eat a sandwich, let alone run home to let your dog out. You're on your way home, knowing the poor dog is crossing his or her legs by now, when your car breaks down, delaying you even further. Can't somebody make this easier?

Turns out several companies have done just that! These companies sell systems that allow your dog to go to the bathroom inside your home without messing your carpets. The blog here on doggies.com posted about the Potty Patch, and received a bigger response to it than to any other post. Many of our readers had concerns about the customer service they received from this particular company, but there is apparently a huge amount of interest in solving the problem of providing a place for your dog to do his business when you aren't home.

puppy peed on newspaper
where does your dog go when he can't go outside?

What are the alternatives?

There are at least ten companies that make indoor potty systems or other portable systems that you might keep on your patio or deck if you are short on yard space. All of them appear to be most appealing for waste of the liquid variety, as it appears that solid waste would simply sit on top of the device. While this is better than having it sit on your carpet, you would still have an intense odor when you walked into the house. The systems vary greatly in size, design appeal, and price, so shop carefully.

UGoDog

The UGoDog system uses basic newspapers as the absorbent material in its system. The papers are placed in a frame, then covered with a grate that keeps the dog from getting his feet wet and tracking urine all over your house. The company bills this as an environmentally friendly arrangement, as the newspapers can be recycled each day when they are removed from the dog's potty system. Changing the newspapers daily prevents odor, while the grate keeps your puppy from chewing up the newspapers. The retail price is $49.95, and more information can be found on the UGoDog Web site.

Porch Potty

The Porch Potty, available in two sizes, both in a standard model or a premium model, claims it is great for both indoor and outdoor use. The catch basin is much deeper than that on the UGoDog model, and it is topped with either the standard perforated synthetic grass or optional live training sod. The basin also has a drainage hose that can be fed to a nearby drain to remove the liquids from the system. To clean the synthetic grass, the company recommends pouring water from a watering can over the system to rinse the urine down into the drain. Alternatively, the premium model comes with pop-up sprinkler heads that rinse the grass for you. Prices range from $225 to $279. Porch Potty's Web site is here.

WizDog

The WizDog system (gotta love the name!) is very similar to the UGoDog system. A tray is covered in newspapers or pee pads, then a grate is placed on top to keep the dog's feet out of the mess. The company recommends that solid waste left on top of the grate be dealt with by simply flipping the grate to dump the waste into the catch pan. The WizDog system is made for dogs under 40 pounds, but for larger dogs, two systems can be purchased and placed next to each other. Upgrades available for the WizDog are WizPads, which are purported to attract and encourage your dog to eliminate on the Wizdog, and to be super absorbent, helping to eliminate odors. In addition the company's WizOff, special industrial strength dog stain and odor removal product contains live bacterial enzyme solution to eliminate urine, feces, drool, vomit, and other dog produced stains and odors. The Web site states that this product is completely non-toxic and environmentally safe. The potty system itself retails for $39.95, and a starter kit including the WizPads and WizOff costs $59.95.

Penthouse Potty

The Penthouse Potty from Cosmopolitan Canine is similar to the standard Porch Potty, only it is designed to look sleeker on your deck or patio. Billed as "where city dogs go when nature calls" the polyvinyl tray is 9" tall, allowing most small dogs and all large dogs the ability to use the potty. Synthetic grass known as K9 grass tops the catch basin and can be cleaned with water and disinfectant. The $319 price tag includes the frame, drainage tray, K9 grass, catch pan, and one packet of disinfectant. This product does come fully assembled and carries a 30-day money-back guarantee. For those who are low on space, the Condo Canine Tray ($109) is basically the same system, only without the drainage tray.

Ingrass Puppy Potty

The Ingrass Puppy Potty is a lower-profile system than the Penthouse Potty, making it easier for puppies and older dogs to get onto the synthetic grass. The Web site boasts that this company has "unequaled customer service and products" that are great for "terraces, decks, boats, campers, or anywhere!" The turf used in the Ingrass model is pre-treated with an attraction spray to encourage your dog to try out the system, while the built-in grate on the bottom of the tray keeps the turf raised up out of the mess. The made in-the-USA turf is also rubber-backed, is naturally anti-bacterial, free of lead and heavy metals, dries quickly, and allows flow-through drainage. Raised lips on all sides of the catch pan purports to make it easier to lift when it comes time to empty the pan. The retail price is $109, which includes free shipping to the contiguous United States.

Rascal Dog Litter Box

The Rascal Dog Litter Box has a unique design including a low front edge that elderly dogs and small puppies can easily step over, and raised edges on the other three sides to keep male dogs from spraying the walls surrounding the potty. The bottom of the box is lined with synthetic turf which is scented to attract your dog to the box. Caution: this box is made for dogs weighing 25 pounds or less. The basic model (box, support grid, and one piece of turf) sells for $69.99, while adding an extra turf mat raises the price to $89.99. It may be worth your while to go ahead and buy the extra piece of turf when you order your system, because if you go back later to order just the turf, it will run $25. In addition, the shipping cost is reduced by $10, when the combo pack (box, support grid and two turf mats) is purchased. Visit the Rascal Dog Litter Box Web site here.

Patio Park

The Patio Park system, billed as the Cadillac of dog potties, comes with a spacious area of turf, backed by a "picket fence" back wall to avoid wall splashes. Also included is a fire hydrant that entices your dog to visit the potty. Made of "tough plastic" the unit features reservoirs and irrigation strips which automatically water the grass inside your dog potty, keeping it fresh and green. (No word on how often you have to mow!) Grass sod can be purchased from the company's Web site or at any sod farm or plant nursery. Artificial turf can also be used. This unit, recipient of an Editors Choice Award from Dog Fancy, as well as the Best of Show award from the 1999 Great Invention Competition, can be yours for the bargain price of just $219. Other products are also available, including an awning to give your dog a bit more privacy, a name plate for the fire hydrant, and bottles of BacZyme which keeps the grass from smelling quite so bad.

Pet-a-Potty

The Pet-a-Potty comes in sizes ranging from mini (20 x 18 x 6 inches) to XXXL (8.5 x 4.5 feet), making it useful for any size dog from a Chihuahua to a Great Dane. This product, similar to the Penthouse Potty features a concealed trap pan to collect urine. The easy accessibility of the pan allows for "no hassle cleaning" according to the company's Web site. Prices range from $199 to $1,999.99, depending on the size of the box. Also available to select southern California residents is a cleaning service, where a company representative comes out to empty and sanitize the catch pan and replace the sod for you. Other products include faux fire hydrants and Smell-U-Later fast acting odor terminator.

Doggie Potty

The Doggie Potty, available here, is unique in offering a three-tiered system rather than the two offered by most competitors. The middle tier (between the sod and the catch pan) is an absorbent pad to keep the catch pan from getting quite so full. The molded catch pan is designed to allow the grass-scented turf to fit snugly against the sides. The pan and turf are washable, but the pee pads must be replaced. The Doggie Potty is available in two sizes, priced at $139 and $179.

Pup Head

The Pup Head Portable Dog Potty comes in three sizes to accommodate any dog. As the name implies, the Pup Head was built for those who take their dogs boating, but it is also useful for those who live in high-rises, hate taking their dogs out in the rain or snow, or have unpredictable schedules. This system also has three tiers, including a heavy-duty, light-weight tray, your choice of absorbent material in the middle, and Pup-Grass, a scented synthetic grass featuring instant drainage and antimicrobials. One of the key features of this system is that it is low to the ground, making the head accessible to any dog. This product, as well as many related products, is available from the PupGear Corporation.

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BrittanyDeSarro@hotmail.com
My yorkie is fine going outside at my dads, but we are only there every other week. On the other week, we are here at my moms. She is, for some unknown reason, afraid to go outside at my moms. I was wondering if you could reccommend the best indoor potty solution. Please email me. Thank you!!
rwhitebloo@aol.com
We have a 3 month old cockapoo and he chewed through my husbands work cables for his computer. I want to do something safe that will prevernt this from happening again and from not causing our puppy any harm in the process. Any suggestions? Thanks Robyn
lisa_tedsturf
Hi Im Lisa, from Rancho Santa Margarita, near Mission Viejo. I am not against the use of natural grass but I just want to add the benefit of Artificial grass, unlike natural grass that must be watered regularly, requiring costly sprinkler systems, artificial grass maintains itself with its internal drainage systems. Cities and school districts will also save money on water and power expenses, as well as conserving precious environmental resources. Artificial turf/grass has various texture or type to offer. Thanks and blessings!
Vicki
Thank you for the info. I would have been really helpful if you included an image of the products.
Drew
Fresh Patch delivers a disposable real gass potty every week or every two weeks. There are many benefits to training dogs to go on real grass. www.freshpatch.com
Karen
Take him to his potty spot, use your commands, sit in a chair and wait, priase him when he does good. He can't potty in the house if you don't let him back in the house. I let my puppies go potty first and then I allow some play time in case all the potty isn't done and so they don't think they go potty and then right back in the crate. I use a crate* to potty train with, but only for potty training and then I break it down and store it. I put blankets and a small food and water dish in the crate. Dogs don't potty where they eat and sleep. When they are first little, I only expect them to hold their potty for 4 hours, and then 6 hours, then 8 hours and so on. So when they are first little, I set a timer or alarm clock to wake myself up at night to take them *out. I only allow my puppy in the bedroom* or the living room, only one room at a time. They have to graduate to more space. If I allow them to have full run of the house, it will overwhelm them. I take them out the same door each time. I tie a dinner bell to the door handle. Do not use a jingle bell as they could get their toe caught in it. So when they are little, I ring the bell for them, and then open the door to go *outside to potty. When they get bigger, I take their paw and whack the bell and open the door to go potty. Eventually getting to the place where the puppy will ring the bell and let me know when they need to go potty. Dogs want to please you, so it is your job to let them know what behaviors please you and what doesn't. So when my puppy goes potty, I give her a treat*, and clap, and make a fuss and priase her. So she learns that going potty outside makes me happy. If she has an accident, make a disgust sound like “tsst” and take her out right away. I never yell* or spank* my puppies. Take them out when they first wake up, after they eat or drink, before nap, finish romping, when their activities change, or when they are sniffing around. Some puppies go pee right away, but may not go poop until 10 minutes later, so wait for the poop.. I have a little play time here, because sometimes I think they are done, and they are not. Puppies train at their own pace. While I may have a puppy that hasn't had an accident in several weeks, I don't let my guard down. I don't expect my puppies to be fully potty trained until one-year-old. If they have a setback, shake it off, and start over. I only have my puppies in the crate when I am not watching them. When I am sleeping, cooking, ironing, doing chores, basically when I am not watching her. All other times, she is out of the crate practicing being a big girl. This is the time I train her how to behave in the house. So we are practicing no barking , no biting , no jumping , and don't eat the furniture. I also have to practice playing inside so she doesn't knock over things. You must keep the puppy in sight when they are little because they don’t know the difference between newspaper and carpet, and you don’t want them sneaking off and getting into trouble. Some puppies can sleep through the night around 3-months-old, but their bladder is grown around 6-months-old. REVISIONS: *I use a CRATE to train with. It is the method I prefer, compared to other methods I have tried. I noticed that if they are in the crate, while I am doing chores, they are o.k., because the crate allows them to see me and be re-assured. The crate can also be a comfort when stored in the basement for dogs who live in areas where thunderstorms and tornados are an issue. . However, use the method that works best for you ..a laundry basket, a cardboard box, a woof-woof house, x-pen, child gates, whatever works for you. *OUTSIDE, pee pad, litter box, whichever method you are using. When the puppy is first little, keep the pee pad, litter box near the food and water dish, so the puppy can eat and drink, and then go potty. You can move it away as they get older. The pee pad has a scent that smells and initiates potty. Sometimes a pee pad makes a sound that scares some puppies, so you might want to use a litter box if that happens. The pee pad allows a puppy to walk around, but a litter box keeps the puppy in one place. *BEDROOMS, I use the bedroom and living room for training, because it works for me. Choose rooms that work for you, but watch for rooms that are damp, or drafty. While my puppies sleep in the bedroom during training, once they are trained, I let them sleep where they want to. They don't have to sleep in the bedroom forever. *TREATS. While I use treats for training, you don't have to. I like Charlee Bears for training (a little cracker for a little mouth,) I use them for training, but once they are trained, I cut back on them. *SOME PUPPIES will go potty in the same spot each time. Some puppies have to be told to go potty. A command like go out for pee, or go finish for poop, might work for you, keep saying “go finish” until the puppy poops. This is a good thing to train if you travel with your dogs. By using commands, the puppy won't get confused when you are visiting someone, on vacation with you, or when you get to a new home. The command will tell them what you want them to do in an unfamiliar place. You might also want to use a leash method, so the puppy doesn’t sneak off, or for strange places. *YELLING. It is not a good idea to yell or spank your puppy and then take them outside when they have an accident. They may get confused and think that going outside is punishment. While you want to correct them, if you are extreme, they may not want to go outside again. Shake it off, and resume your schedule. You have to keep it real. Puppies train at their own pace, but a puppy can only hold their potty for a few hours. A guide would be 1 hour for each month of age, plus 1 hour, so a three-month-old puppy should only be expected to hold their potty for 4 hours at most. SOURCE: These tips, tricks, and ideas were contributed from many brilliant minds. Thanks for your help!
 
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