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There are several different manufacturers producing their own unique designs of grass litter boxes. Companies like the Rascal Dog Litter Box have their own idea concerning a dog’s needs. Unfortunately, while the idea is sound, the quality may be a completely different issue.

One of the first things every owner is concerned with, is how will the litter box smell inside your home after a few days of use. In this regard, the design of the grass is imperative to ensuring quality function. While the grass is designed with anti-microbial elements to prevent odors from soaking into the synthetic grass material, there is the lack of filtering holes to allow efficient flow into the base of the potty.

The structure basically utilizes a synthetic grass mat that sits inside of a basin, leaving little room for urine storage. Because the grass mat actually inhibits the flow of liquids, it essentially traps them on top of the mat for longer periods of time.

The results can be very contradictory to the purpose of the litter box. With liquids, such as urine, being trapped on the mat, your dog will essentially be standing in their own waste. This can result in tracking outside of the litter box, resulting in an exterior mess that needs to be cleaned. While the sides are raised in order to keep splashing and any straying liquids from escaping, it can also become an incentive to jump, and with urine having little to nowhere to go, it can splash up on your dog’s fur, creating a very strong dog odor smell and even an irritation issue for your dog.

While the odor issue could be resolved with daily maintenance, many owners don’t necessarily have the time to constantly spend washing their potty unit. After all, the grass litter box’s purpose is to create convenience for both you and your dog.

With the urine basically standing on the mat, it becomes an odor issue regardless of the grass’ ability to absorb the smell. Without proper relief, the structure of the mat contradicts its own purpose. The Rascal’s purpose is well-intended, but the design falls short of what it takes to really serve a dog’s needs.

Training your dog to use a litter box can be a little tricky unless you know how to do it. Potty training a dog for the outdoors isn’t very different from training them to use a select area, such as a grass litter box. The only difference is that they are now going inside rather than outside.

The key element is to provide an environment where they can’t make a mistake. For new pups, this would usually involve crate training, but you can achieve this by limiting the space and giving them close attention. These processes involve taking advantage of a dog’s instinctive nature to resist eliminating where they eat, sleep, and live. Just be sure that you are aware that dogs will have a schedule to keep, so don’t expect a dog to hold their bladder for extended periods of time, even if confined. Allow them frequent access to the area to enable the training process to affirm itself.

Be sure to watch for signs that your dog has to go, and be ready to guide them towards the designated area. It is vital that you don’t scare or spook them into hiding while they potty. Instead, take them to the proper area and praise them while they eliminate properly. Positive reinforcement is going to be your best friend during the training process.

Of course, it is also important to keep cleaners handy during the process. Enzyme based cleaners will help eliminate scents, unlike ammonia based cleaners which can actually attract a dog’s attention. Because accidents do happen, be sure these products are handy when needed.

But, this leaves the question of the choice of litter boxes. Porch Potty has designed an excellent tool for the training process, providing the perfect zone for both previously trained dogs and new puppies to quickly become accustomed to. The self-maintaining system requires little effort on your part and provides an excellently attractive area for dogs to use.

Your dog can also enjoy eliminating in the comforts of your home. With the proper training and some quality tools, any dog can learn how to use their grass litter box.

Amongst the options for many of the grass litter boxes on the market is synthetic grass. But what benefits would you receive by using synthetic grass instead of the real thing? Will your dog enjoy a synthetic alternative to their natural potty environment, and is it the right choice for you?

One of the greatest benefits of synthetic grass is that it doesn’t get old or wilt like real grass would. This means that instead of constantly purchasing new grass sod for your litter box, you have a one-time only investment in a synthetic mat. You won’t have to worry about ordering ahead of time or even using grass sod from the local hardware store when you’re real grass patch begins to wear out from age and use. This also means that your costs less. No shipping costs and no stockpiling grass in your garage to ensure that you’re dog’s potty stays functioning.

This brings about the topic of smell. While natural grass makes for a great outside environment, inside, it can present a smelly problem. Synthetic grasses are designed not to absorb smells or bacteria, providing a safe and sanitary area for your pup to potty and your home won’t have to suffer any smells that the natural grass and dirt would absorb.

As an additional benefit, synthetic grass mats make your potty far easier to clean and maintain. You don’t have to worry about dirt clods getting caught in the mesh netting or clogging up your dog’s potty unit, leading to further mess. When it comes time to maintain your potty, all you do is remove the mat and rinse it out. If you had to deal with natural grass, you may end up with dirt and grass clumps on the floor, making it necessary to clean even more mess.

When it comes to your dog’s grass litter box, synthetic grasses provide the best benefits. Both you and your dog can enjoy the ease, neatness, and comfort that synthetic solutions can provide without sacrificing the feel and texture that your pup seeks when it comes time to potty.

Grass litter boxes have become extremely popular amongst dog owners, giving rise to a market full of different designs that each display their own approach to a dog’s potty needs. Amongst these is the Rascal Dog Litter Box that approaches a dog’s potty needs with its own set of qualities.

One of the more unique characteristics is the sides which can be good, or can be bad. While its primary design is to stop urine and any other mess that can happen if a dog doesn’t mount the potty properly from getting out. While it does force your dog to get in and stay in the potty, it also leaves your dog with the option of walking through the front opening and tracking through their old potty or hopping over the side and either splashing or stepping in their previous droppings. This feature seems to be a little over-done, especially when compared to the Porch Potty design in which the sides raise enough to prevent any mess from escaping while allowing your dog to enter wherever they desire to avoid tracking through previous messes.

Perhaps the most limiting of characteristics is that it’s only designed for up to 35 pound dogs and up to 24×24 inches of room for their “Big Squirt” option. This product seems to focus on smaller inside dogs, rather than appeal to a more versatile nature. Compared to this, Porch Potty designed its potty unit in sizes appropriate for dogs of all sizes and can hold up to 140 pounds.

Of course, the biggest advantage that Porch Potty’s design holds is its maintenance and easy cleaning features. The self-maintaining system keeps natural grass clean and healthy and synthetic grass free of debris. The Rascal has to be flushed out much like the classic cat litter box would, making it more of a challenge to keep it smelling fresh and clean.

While the Rascal has its own special design, and can be good in certain situations, the Porch Potty is by far a more versatile and reliable design that any dog can appreciate in the house or on the porch.

Grass litter boxes have become an excellent addition to any dog owner’s life. Designed to ease daily life for both dog and owner, most grass litter boxes provide both natural grass and synthetic grass options to choose from. While synthetic grass is designed to last, it often lacks the natural feel that only real grass solutions can provide.

Amongst the many characteristics of natural grass are the smell, feel, and familiarity that cannot be replicated easily. Many synthetics can offer comfort, but the texture of real grass and it’s scent provide a dog with a place that is natural to use.

Beneficial for training

Dogs are naturally inclined to want to use grass. When it comes to training, this characteristic is extremely helpful in assisting you and your dog during the process. Specifically, if a dog is being trained to potty indoors, the unique smell of real grass in one location provides them with a pre-designated area for their use. The scent itself helps them to realize that this particular spot is special and different from carpet, floor, and couch.

Because your dog may already be accustomed to using the outdoors, the natural element of grass provides a neutral characteristic that they can familiarize with. This is opposed to changing them from using the grassy yard, to using a very unfamiliar spot that they don’t quite understand. Natural grass in your litter box will provide that connection to help your dog familiarize this spot as their potty.

Since a grass litter box serves many purposes, indoor potty training may only be a temporary solution for a young or very small puppy. When they get older, you may be planning to train them to potty outside. Real grass is the buffer for your dog’s needs, providing them with a location that is different, but shares the same characteristics to help ease the transition.

Whether you’re potty training your pup or transitioning them from the outside to indoor plumbing, real grass provides your dog with the comforts and familiar smells and feel of their natural environment. With real grass in your litter box, your dog can enjoy the comforts of the indoors with the feel of the outdoors.

When shopping for your pup’s indoor plumbing solution, you may be considering the differences of synthetic and natural grass options. While both have their own specific characteristics, you have to consider what you want for your pup, and the care and maintenance that a Porch Potty will require with either option.

We all know that synthetic grass won’t age or succumb to the natural life cycle that real grass undergoes. This is perhaps the best advantage that synthetic has, but Porch Potty has strived to address this characteristic. Their natural grass solution will still eventually need to be replaced, but does have a much better life expectancy in comparison to other natural grass options. The material isn’t a dirt based sod, rather they use a sod that is nutrient based to ensure long life. On average, potty training for pups is about three to four weeks, which is the minimum life expectancy for their natural grass mats. With proper care, which the self-maintenance system that is available with some Porch Potty units, the natural grass sod can last up to six months before it succumbs to puppy urine burn.

Because the natural grass sod doesn’t use dirt, you won’t have to deal with a muddy mess or dirt clods on the floor when installing or removing the mat. This makes maintaining your potty just as easy as using synthetic options. You simply remove it when the time comes, and place the new one in.

Another bonus is that you can use both natural and synthetic grass in your Porch Potty . Just because you ordered it with one specific material, doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with it. You can use natural grass when it’s available, and keep a synthetic mat to the side when it comes time to order a new mat. It can definitely alleviate the worry of wondering where you’re pup’s going to potty while you wait for a new mat to come in.
Natural grass does make your pup’s potty a naturally comfortable place to potty. The feeling of real grass on their paws makes it easier to train, and is often more enticing for a pup to want to continuously use their potty. Porch Potty ’s real grass solution is indeed a quality solution for your pup’s indoor plumbing needs without the mess of the outdoors.

Indoor puppy plumbing is an awesome convenience. Our pup goes potty when they need to, and we don’t have to worry about accidents in the house anymore. But, this comes with a small cost- that pungent smell of urine that can accumulate as your dog fills up their potty. Things can get a little stinky, so it’s important that you take precautions.

Keep it clean

The first step in preventing the stinky smell of urine is to keep your pup’s potty clean. Though, proper cleaning is a must. If you use harsh cleaners such as bleach, it’ll definitely get rid of the smell, but you may find your pup choosing a new place to do their business. Enzyme based cleaners are best, and will attack potty odors at the source rather than just cover them up.

Fresh air

Aside from cleaning, there is still the potential for the smell to build back up over time. The best thing you can do is find some plug-in air fresheners for rooms. Avoid using sockets that your pup can get to, so they won’t get any chewing ideas. Candles can definitely help, but remember that dogs are a curious animal, and may get a little too close to a flame or knock it over. Keep them up high and out of reach. There are always the air fresheners, such as Febreze, which can help freshen the room. Just be careful that you don’t spray it on materials that your pup might want to get a taste of (furniture and pillows). While it will take out the smell, it can leave your pup with an upset tummy (that’ll likely lead to having to use the potty more often).

On occasion, it isn’t a bad idea to open up the windows to get some fresh air in the room. Urine scent can soak into carpet, furniture, and other materials, so it’s a good idea to keep the air in the house fresh.

The stinky scent of urine can be difficult to get rid of once it’s built up, so do your best to prevent it from making a home in your home. Keep your pup’s potty fresh, keep your house fresh, and let it breathe every now and then so that both you and your dog can breathe easy in your home.

There are various puppy potty styles available on the market. Each of them offer their own idea on what it takes to make a good source of plumbing for our four-legged friends. The Patio Park is a puppy potty that has been around for over a decade, offering their own solution to puppy plumbing.

Though it seems a little tacky with the cliché fire hydrant and fence for a background, the potty itself is a well-structured device, offering a 2’ x 4’ section for your pup to get comfy on. Although the length of the potty is 56 inches to allow room for the water reservoirs in case space is important to you.

All natural

The unique thing about the Patio Park is that it focuses primarily on an all-natural solution to your puppy’s needs. Many potties on the market are about the ease of cleaning combined with synthetic turf, while the Patio Park puts real grass up front. The unit features an irrigation system to keep the grass fresh and ensure long life. All you have to do is regularly add water to the reservoirs on both sides of the unit. The irrigation strips do the rest.

Of course, natural grass doesn’t last forever, which means it has to be replaced. Unlike other companies that offer their own cuts of natural grass, the Patio Park only requires a pair of 2’x2’ sections of grass sod from the hardware or gardening store. You don’t have to worry about ordering sections ahead of time or stocking up on grass.

In case you don’t want to deal with real grass, the Patio Park does offer a synthetic turf that can be washed for repeated use.

An excellent training tool

Because of its natural feel, the Patio Potty does make a great training tool for young pups. It makes a great potty solution for apartment and condo owners where grass may not be the most abundant commodity. Your pup gets the feel for natural grass under their paws while they doing their business. If you’ve transitioned from a home with a yard to an apartment with a patio, the Patio Park can definitely ease the stress of finding a suitable place to potty.

Grass litter boxes are becoming more popular as new innovations make indoor plumbing for pups easier. The Pet Loo is a new addition to the various styles, displaying excellent maintenance abilities and a durable construction to ensure longevity.

Maintaining the Loo

photoTalk about ease, the Pet Loo is easy to clean and maintain with little time and effort. The synthetic grass is tough, yet soft and comfortable for puppy paws. All you need do is pick up the solids and wash the mat off when things get too dirty. The base pan is what makes the Loo so easy to maintain. The base is constructed to collect and funnel you’re pup’s pee down into a removable tray. Each day, all you need do is remove the tray and either flush it, or do the environmentally friendly thing and put it in your puppy potty compost container in the back yard (it’s not hard to make one of these enviro-friendly devices). When it comes time to wash out the base, simply use warm water to wipe down the funnel walls. Since the water flows down into the collector, after you’re done, just dispose of properly.

Can handle any pup

While the synthetic grass is indeed soft and comfortable, the construction of the Loo handles it’s share of puppy poundage. The potty can hold up to 300 kilograms (that’s over 600 pounds), so you don’t have to worry about your faithful St. Bernard hopping up on it and breaking something. While the unit is indeed durable, space might be a problem for your big pup. That’s why the Loo was constructed with the ability to put two or more together without having a gap for anything to slip through. Now your huge huggable pup won’t have to navigate the winter ice in search of a place to squat.

The Pet Loo is indeed a great innovation for grass litter boxes. They come in two different sizes for pups, allowing for your four-legged friend to enjoy their very own indoor plumbing. Now you can relax and sleep in a little longer while your pup does their business when they need to.

The Pup Head grass litter box promotes its design that is supposed to be easier for our pups to use. While the idea may be good, the way it works is a little different. The lowered design actually gives the box the appearance that it is level with the ground.

photoBut, is it really that easy for my pup to use? That is the real question. Each owner owns a different pup, and every pup is different and so is their training. Pups that can differentiate a carpet from this low profile potty would likely need some previous training (potty training to familiarize them to using that particular spot). The Pup Head grass litter box uses its low profile design that is supposed to make potty time for your pup easier and also help eliminate the appearance of a bulky litter box (it still takes up the same square footage, just less volume which means that it can’t hold as much). So here we’ve actually sacrificed ease for capacity, which means we have to clean that much more often.

But, does a lower box actually make it easier for a pup to potty on? Do they really have that much trouble hopping up three inches onto a potty where things are possibly a little further away from a reservoir of puppy pee? The design itself seems to appeal more to a cost effective version of a larger grass litter box and offers a lighter weight for portability. It might make for a good traveling potty for when you stay in a hotel, but as a daily user, it likely isn’t your best choice. You might want to stick with a quality sized potty that can actually accommodate your pup with the proper potty.

To say the least, the Pup Head potty doesn’t actually offer any advantage with its profile design. In fact, it is probably easier for a pup to designate an elevated device as their potty area than something that resembles a rug. After all, you never know when that kitchen rug will start looking just like their potty.