Every dog owner will understand the difficulties of toilet training their pets. Some dog owners have undoubtedly experienced little accidents and the occasional messy rug, however, the problem often persists outside too.
Even when dogs relieve themselves outside, the acidity of their urine can end up damaging natural grass. Over time, this turns your luscious green garden muddy and dull as your beloved pet well and truly marks its territory.
Artificial grass is the perfect solution here. Simply place a strip of artificial grass over an area where you would like the dog to pee, over a patch that is already muddy and then train them using the steps below.
If your dog is too old train in this fashion, or if it needs more room then you could devote an area of your garden to creating a dog pen or run. This will provide your pet with an area all to itself where it cannot possibly cause any damage.
Make your own pet potty
There are some pet ‘loos’ on the market that can save your garden. But for what they are, these are quite expensive.
You can make a DIY pet potty very easily. Simply buy, or construct a wooden box base (old wooden palette crates work great for this), line it with a liquid resistant material like plastic sheeting and then place some artificial grass over the top.
What you will have is a portable frame that is perfect for your pet.
Artificial grass for indoor litter area
If your dog (or even cat) finds it difficult to ‘answer the call of nature’ outdoors then you might want to think about making an indoor litter area or ‘pet potty’.
These are perfect if your pet finds plastic litter trays confusing or simply if they are quite particular about where they do their business.
Artificial grass is soft and extremely durable. It is also permeable so urine will pass through it without leaving a stain.
How to train your pet to use an artificial grass potty
Theoretically, it should be easy to train your pet to use an artificial grass litter area. The synthetic grass fibres are designed specifically to look like natural grass.
In many ways getting your pet to use an artificial grass potty is just like training them to sit. Use the same principles of positive reinforcement and plenty of treats and they will be potty trained in no time. The best way to start the process is to place your pet on top of the litter area when they are likely to pee. Remember puppies usually relieve themselves after sleep, after eating or after play.
Keep your pet on the toilet area until they relieve themselves and praise them once they do. Repeat.
Remember that this process is easier when you have a puppy, training an older dog might take a little longer but they can certainly learn new tricks.