DIY Dog Potty Grass

A toilet is not really an option, but indoor grass is.
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Cat owners have a slight advantage over dog owners when it comes to potty time. Litter boxes allow a cat to go whenever she wants, without having to depend on her owner. Dogs, however, need more space and usually depend on a walk or a nice backyard. That doesn’t have to be the case. With a few simple steps, you can create an indoor grass patch just for your pooch.

Step 1

Place the metal tray or drip pan on a flat surface. For small dogs, a large cookie sheet with raised sides may be all you need. Measure the length and width of the inside of the pan.

Step 2

Cut a piece of the metal grating or solid chicken wire to your measurements using the wire cutters. Place the cut piece inside the metal tray. This will help keep the artificial grass off the pan surface and allow for urine drainage.

Step 3

Cut a piece of the artificial grass to your measurement using a box cutter or utility knife. Using a screwdriver, poke holes throughout the piece of grass to allow liquid to drain through. Place the cut piece of grass into the pan, on top of the wire grating.

Step 4

Place your artificial backyard where you would like your dog to go. Leave it in one spot so your dog knows where his new indoor yard is.


  • Teaching your dog to use the indoor grass potty is the same as traditional housebreaking. When you notice the signs that he needs to go, guide him to the indoor grass patch and say, “Potty.” Praise him when he is done.

  • To clean the indoor grass patch, pick up any solid matter and dispose. Pour the liquid out of the drain tray. Rinse with a hose and mild soapy detergent and bleach as necessary.

  • Cutting additional pieces of artificial grass allows you to change the top more frequently. Simply remove the soiled grass, wipe away any liquid in the tray and spray with a disinfectant. Replace a clean piece of artificial grass on top and you are good to go.

  • Indoor grass patches enable apartment residents to make an outdoor grassy patch on the patio or indoors. If you are tired of urine spots killing your grass, placing an artificial potty outside can help reduce these problems.

Items You Will Need

  • Metal tray or flat drip pan
  • Tape measure
  • Metal grating or chicken wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Artificial grass
  • Box cutter or utility knife
  • Screwdriver