How to Build a Puppy Potty With AstroTurf

by Judith Willson
 

Astroturf is not just for sport.

Those who live in high-rise apartments might find it awkward to take their pup down the stairs every time he needs a pee. A puppy potty inside or on the balcony comes in handy, especially in the middle of the night. Even if you have a convenient yard, creating a specified sheltered area for the toilet prevents the place becoming too messy and dog urine killing off a lawn. Various forms of dog toilets exist, with one of the simplest homemade options using artificial grass, such as AstroTurf.

Step 1

Acquire a large plastic tray. For a very small dog, a cat litter box would just about do, but for most breeds, you’ll need something a lot bigger. Drip trays like those underneath refrigerators and cement mixing trays work, and the larger the better.

Step 2

Lay a few inches of cat litter mixed with a little baking soda in the tray. The litter absorbs urine after it drips through the grass and the baking soda helps control odors.

Step 3

Measure the length and width of the tray from the inside edges, and cut a rectangle of AstroTurf to fit snugly.

Step 4

Lay the grass rectangle over the litter and place the tray in the most convenient toilet spot available, remembering that there may be splashes. If you want the potty on a balcony or another outside location, make sure the spot is sheltered from the elements; otherwise the tray will fill up with water when it rains.

Step 5

Remove and rinse the grass and replace the litter as required. Depending on the relative size of the dog to the tray, and to a lesser extent where you have placed it, this might be daily or just a couple of times a week.

Step 6

Wipe out the tray with a mild disinfectant at least once a week.

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