City dwellers and people who work a lot often find it difficult to let their small dogs out to go to the bathroom at all times. Although it is important to walk your dog every day, sometimes it is impossible to be there for them during the day when you are at work. Although litter boxes are typically associated with cats, it is also possible to train small dogs to use an indoor litter box as an alternative to outdoor urination and defecation. Make your own dog litter box from special synthetic grass turf and other materials.
Measure the width and length of the plastic storage container, which should be about 6 inches deep and made for under-the-bed storage.
Cut a synthetic grass rug, which can be found at home improvement stores, to the size of the inside of the plastic storage container.
Sprinkle the bottom of the container with baking soda. Baking soda helps with odor elimination.
Lay an absorbent urine pad, found in the dog section of pet stores, over the baking soda. (See Reference 1)
Set the synthetic grass piece over the absorbent urine pad. When the dog urinates onto the grass turf, it will drain through to the absorbent urine pad.
Clean the synthetic grass turf with a diluted bleach solution or other disinfectant, then rinse thoroughly before replacing. (See Reference 2)
Synthetic turf made especially for dogs is available at K9 Emporium and PupGear. (See Resources)
Items You Will Need
- Tape measure
- Large, 6-inch-deep plastic storage container
- Heavy-duty scissors
- Synthetic grass rug
- Baking soda
- Absorbent urine pad
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