Indoor Grass & Sod for Potty Training Puppies

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Indoor Grass & Sod for Potty Training Puppies
The indoor grass and sod potty training system is your puppy's private patch. (Sly puppy image by Lucki13 from Fotolia.com)

The indoor grass and sod potty training system is a method of potty training for puppies. It emulates natural turf, but is easy to carry around, clean and stays neat inside the box. Urine is trapped under the sod in an easy to clean tray, and faeces lift off the same as outside.

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What it Is

Indoor grass and sod potty training is a box much like a cat litter box. However, instead of litter, it has a layer of grass or gravel held over a containment tray.

Styles

There are several styles of indoor grass and sod potty training areas for puppies. They come with either real grass, synthetic grass or gravel. These are not the same systems that use puppy "pee pads." Real grass potty training boxes need the old grass removed and new grass installed every week or two. Synthetic is much more durable; just remove, wash and replace. You can simply rinse and reuse gravel as well.

How It's Made

The boxes for the indoor grass and sod potty training tools typically have plastic or wooden sides. They come in several styles depending on company. Some allow upgrades like kennel sides to keep your pet contained, and shades to keep the dog out of the sun so you can use it outdoors.

Training

For young puppies still learning the ins and outs of potty training, confinement is still the best method. Use a crate when you are not watching your dog. Put them on the indoor grass and sod potty every hour or two until they are consistently accurate for several weeks. You can use the potty box along with natural grass outdoors together without any confusion. If you are gone for long periods, place a potty box in a confined area with your dog so that they can go properly indoors. The indoor grass and sod potty box helps ease the pressure on a dog left alone for the day when you work full-time.

Uses

The indoor grass and sod potty training system gives you a way to use positive reinforcement to train your dog. You can then either wean the puppy off the box completely when they go outside regularly, or you can use it simultaneously with outdoor walks. The indoor grass and potty training for puppies keeps yards clean if you leave your dog outside to go. Your dog will automatically go for the box because they are used to it, even though the lawn is all around it. That way you never have to worry about stepping in your puppy's business.

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