Saw this question today. We had fabulous luck with K9 grass (www.k9grass.com). We bought pieces that fit inside the plastic trays you buy to put under refrigerators (Home Depot) which are pretty inexpensive. The trays are fairly flat. We lined the trays with paper and put the grass on top. Once a week, we bleached the grass in the washing machine by soaking for 10 minutes and then finishing on a gentle cycle for the least amount of time. The grass we bought is still in great shape today 7 years later (I think it lasts forever). We trained our dog to the grass by keeping on a leash for 48 hours and taking him to the grass every 2 hours. He had no choice but to eventually go it and by the end of the 2 days, he was dedicated to it for life. We were completely thrilled with having a "auto" dog.
I would use a plastic tray of some sort, possibly an under-the-bed plastic box and put real dirt with real grass/turf in it. The dog will probably love it and it is not too hard to replace when necessary. Birgit
Hi Darlene, I have an idea that I actually used and it worked well....We had Harley (rott that passed) in an large upstairs apartment at one point. It had a balcony but no yard. I went and bought the plastic tray that you put under a washer (in a laundry room for leaks)...I got it at Best Buy...it is large and square, like the size of a washer...I then put kitty litter in it...(doggy litter is also sold but costs a fortune). We lead her out there and put her in there to pee and she was scared to poop so she went on the balcony and we just put it in the litter and that was it...she went in that large square tray from then on....it worked like a charm and solved the problem, especially having such a large dog. Hope it helps...and keep us posted! XOXO, Jojo (P.S. You can see Harley on my sparkpage!!!)
Here's the link to the extra large tray. News paper snaps into place super easy. http://www.amazon.com/Iris-FT-940-Extra- Protection-Training/dp/B0006ABVGQ/ref= sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347249269&sr=8-1&k eywords=extra+large+training+pad+tray
I bought a big little box sort of thing with fake grass when my dog was a puppy. She went pee and poop in it once. Then after that all she did was sleep on the grass. I finally threw it away. Cost over 60.00. Later I did have luck with my other dogs using newspaper. I found a super large size potty pad tray online. I just opened up a section of newspaper and snapped it into place. The tray was much bigger than the pads so newspaper worked better. Lorraine
That is what I meant with the trays for potty pads. He is slipping when he goes on newspapers and the pads slip without the tray. So I wondered about getting a tray for those instead of the fake grass tray.
I was wondering if anyone had tried the fake grass potty trays for dogs who can't get outside. Venture can't manage the ramp I have for him because it is too narrow (he falls off the side). I think I can maybe cut out some more carpet from somewhere and put it on another, wider board, but I'm not sure he will try it after falling off the narrower one. I have papers down for him, but his feet slip when he uses that, so he just goes on my carpet (which does need replaced) and the carpet is on oak flooring that is getting ruined.
I know where to get the trays that hold potty pads, but also wondered if those fake grass ones were worthwhile. I know they are rather expensive. Would the ones with the pads work well for keeping him from slipping, too?
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