Guest post by Brandon Kennington
When it comes to dealing with our dog’s natural needs, the indoor potty unit has grown in popularity. But what makes a great dog potty unit? Is it the materials used? Is it the design?
Before dog owners decide on which dog potty unit to invest in, they need to remember that each dog potty has its advantages and disadvantages. They need to decide which are most important to them.
Top Four Dog Potties: A Review
1. Rascal Litter box
The Rascal Dog Litter box is amongst the most popular choices, primarily because of its price, but it does have quite a few restrictive characteristics and, quite frankly, isn’t a unit that works for all sizes of dogs. For example, the maximum weight is limited to 35 pounds – and that’s for the large size. Hence this unit is primarily for the smaller dog breeds.
Unfortunately, the small size also means that there is minimal storage for liquids. The base tray has a low profile and would require regular removal for emptying and cleaning.
Additionally, the only surface option is synthetic grass, which would require incentive sprays to be used for training purposes. On the other hand, it has raised sidings which prevent splashing and help keep your dog secure while they potty.
Overall, it’s a decent dog potty unit for dogs that don’t plan on getting too big.
2. Pet Loo
While large this loo is designed to be delicate on the eyes while completely functional for your dog. Overall, the unit is big and sturdy enough to handle the weight of any dog and can accommodate your dog with either natural or synthetic grass.
The unit is available in large or medium sizes, as well as a “Kitty Kat” size for toy size breeds, so that you don’t end up with a unit that covers more floor area than your dog needs.
The structure is sturdy and weather resistant for outdoor use and is visually appealing for indoor use. One of the best benefits is that the funneling system is designed to collect all liquid and microbial debris in a removable half-gallon tray. All you have to do is remove it and rinse regularly. For a complete cleansing, the unit can be flushed easily by pouring water through the funneling system. The artificial grass can be rinsed outdoors for those that prefer the synthetic surface. Overall, it is an easily maintainable structure that dogs of all sizes can appreciate.
3. Ugodog Litter box
Ugodog is another dog potty unit, but strays from the grass approach. This particular unit relies on potty pads, which cost nine dollars for approximately 45 days worth of absorbent pads. At this price, the costs could quickly mount up, especially if you have multiple dogs or the pads don’t last as long as expected.
The basic construct is a low-profile design which uses two gratings (secured above the pads) to eliminate the need for grass. The pads do all of the absorbing while the grating secures any solid waste – it might seem easier to pick it up off of grass.
The standard size is approximately two feet by one and a half feet. To produce a model suitable for larger breeds, two units are connected together to create a two by three foot box. Basically, to increase floor coverage, the units are used in pairs. They fasten together to keep any potty from slipping by, but this does require the extra cost of two units. Without grass, it might not be as effective during potty training, though synthetic grass is an option available through a partner company DistribOz.
4. Porch Potty
Perhaps the leading indoor potty unit is the Porch Potty, particularly because it appeals to all the needs of both owners and dogs alike. While you have the option of having either real or synthetic grass for your dog’s needs, perhaps the most sought after benefit is the self-maintaining system to keep the unit clean.
The new design provide a wicker structure that has an indoor appeal for any dog owner concerned about an unsightly potty detracting from the décor of their home, but it also provides the choice of either using a three gallon removable storage tray or routing a hose to a drainage area. The funneling system helps channel the fluids through the entire potty and to the appropriate location.
This is where the self-maintaining system comes into play. With the deluxe option, the unit uses a sprinkler system to flush away any loose debris to keep the potty smelling fresh. In the case of natural grass, the sprinkler helps to improve longevity as well. The steel-frame structure is strong and large enough for the biggest dog breeds but is also available in sizes more applicable to smaller breeds.
Brandon Kennington is the inventor and owner of the Porch Potty – the world’s first automatic grass dog litter box. As dog owner and a busy business owner, Brandon invented the Porch Potty when he didn’t want his dog to have to wait all day to go. Porch Potty admires dog owners and also provides great tips for dog lovers on the Porch Potty Blog.