Nowadays, more and more pet owners live in an urban area.
This trend is in part due to apartment and condo complexes allowing dogs in their pet policies, because people want to move somewhere they can bring their beloved family friend.
While it’s fantastic that this has become the new norm, there’s still one significant inconvenience when it comes to owning a dog in a city residence – potty time.
If your complex has a lot of lush, green grass and areas to walk, it can be an excellent exercise for both you and your dog. However, in urban areas, finding patches of grass may be a bit more difficult.
Also, as you know, life gets busy, and you may not always have the time to walk your dog every day. Another big factor that can come into play is the weather. No matter how much time you may have, if it’s raining or snowing all day, a walk might not be feasible. Luckily, with the invention of dog grass pads, a potty break could be as easy as opening your balcony door.
What’s a Dog Grass Pad?
Dog grass pads, also known as potty pads or even grass pee pads, are typically square or rectangular shaped patches of grass, either made of real grass or synthetic materials, and the grass often sits in a tray or base.
Indoor dog potty come in various sizes, and you can place them on your balcony or patio giving your pup easy access. They provide a surface area that your dog can use to go to the bathroom without having to leave your apartment.
Are Grass Pads Right for My Dog and Me?
While not all dogs will take to grass pads, many types of dogs will greatly benefit from having them available.
Small Dog Breeds
Small dog breeds will especially appreciate a grass pad in freezing weather as the cold ground can be painful for their paws. They’re an excellent alternative for puppies that haven’t been vaccinated yet to avoid exposing them to potential risks in areas where other dogs have been.
House Training Puppies
Also, they can come in handy when trying to housebreak a puppy. At 2:00 a.m., by the time you get out of bed and ready to take your new puppy outside, they may have already had an accident on the floor. With a grass pad on your balcony, you can quickly open the door and let them do their business.
Mobility Limited Senior Dogs
Grass pads are also excellent for senior dogs that cannot get around as well as they used to, or dogs who are sick or disabled. Also, they can be used indoors if you work long hours and cannot get home at a reasonable time to let your dog out.
Things To Check Before Purchasing
Before purchasing a grass pad, you may want to make sure that your management company does not have a rule against your pets doing their business on your balcony.
If no such rule exists, make sure you have a place on your terrace that would be suitable for the grass patch in case any urine drains out of the tray. You want to avoid it flowing back into your unit or flow over your balcony ledge onto the units below.
Other factors to consider are privacy and distractions. Some dogs like to have privacy when they do their business. If your dog prefers solitude, be sure to place the grass pad in a position where they’ll have the most privacy.
When it comes to distractions, does your unit face a heavily-trafficked area?
If it does, and dogs and people are walking by consistently, they may not pay much attention to their grass pad when they’re too busy barking at all the distractions. A partition may help alleviate some disturbances and provide privacy for your dog if necessary.
What Size Dog Grass Pad Do I Need?
It may come as no surprise that bigger dogs will need a bigger patch of grass. A standard sized pad is approximately 25 inches long and anywhere from 15 to 20 inches wide. While this size would be sufficient for a small dog, it wouldn’t work for medium to larger breeds.
- Small Dogs- One 24” x 15-20”pads.
- Medium and Large Dogs- Two or more 24” x 15-20” pads.
Dogs like to move around and sniff out the best spot before they decide to go. You want to make sure they have enough room to be able to move around.
If you have a larger dog, be sure to look for brands of grass pads that can place multiple pads side by side to make a larger surface area for your dog. Two, possibly three, standard sized pads will do the trick depending on how large your dog is.
Real Vs. Synthetic Grass Pads
Real Grass Pads
Real grass pads are typically grown hydroponically, meaning that they grow without the use of soil, so there’s no chance of your dog tracking mud into your place.
While there is no dirt, a thick root structure below the grass provides absorbency of both urine and odors. These pads are disposable and environmentally-friendly.
There’s very little maintenance necessary when it comes to real grass pads since they absorb liquids. Solids will need to be collected and disposed of regularly. Many dogs may prefer real over synthetic grass.
On the downside, they only last a couple of weeks to a month at the most. You need to replace them frequently. The grass will also die more rapidly in severe weather during harsh winter months. The cost to continue to replace them can add up over time. However, some companies offer discounts and monthly replacement plans.
Synthetic Grass Pads
Synthetic grass pads are made out of plastic materials designed to look very similar to grass. Turf grass is designed to let liquid flow through the material, often to a collection tray below. You will need to empty the collection bin daily. The pad will need to be rinsed with soapy water or hosed off frequently. However, these patches will hold up over time.
Real pads may appeal to your dog more as they would naturally gravitate toward grass since that’s what they’re already used to if they’re housebroken. Synthetic grass, in some cases, could confuse them.
If you’re housebreaking a new puppy, using synthetic grass wouldn’t be a problem. There’s much less maintenance when it comes to real grass as opposed to synthetic grass.
Real grass pads are entirely disposable. Once the grass dies, you will throw out the entire unit and replace it. With synthetic turf, you will continually need to empty the collection tray and clean the grass pad.
Organic grass will cost you more money in the long run because you’ll be replacing them every couple of weeks. However, it will save you the time and cleaning that synthetic turf requires.
Keep in mind, if you have a large breed, you will need to replace them in pairs. If you choose the synthetic grass option, you probably won’t have to replace the unit for several years.
LOOBANI 35in x 23in Extra Large Grass Porch Potty Tray
Fake grass pee pad potty tray is used for all place, perfect for smaller spaces such as RV’s, campers, apartments, sunrooms, balconies. This bathroom mat and tray is designed to accommodate to the potty training needs of puppies, Grass pads are also excellent for senior dogs that cannot get around as well as they used to, or dogs who are sick or disabled. Also, they can be used indoors if you work long hours and cannot get home at a reasonable time to let your dog out.
The pet potty large size is 35 inch X 23 inch makes it ideal for medium or large dogs.The artificial grass is designed for your pet’s ideal experience looks and feels just like real grass. Not only that, but your dog will love on their grass while business , keeping their paws clean and staying safe and healthy all the while.
With a specially designed backing allowing for complete drainage, you will have no need to worry about your dog running over your new rug in the living room with their muddy paws from potty training. Puppy grass pad gets your dog used to the feel of real grass while potty training, to meet your pet’s needs.
LOOBANI Indoor Outdoor Dog Potty Systems
Loobani dog potty system is come with two fake grass mats. After you used them, loobani replacement fake grass mats for this potty can be purchased separately. Loobani artificial grass mat offers that realistic feel that your dog needs to do his or her business. The dog potty is available in three different sizes, which works well for most dogs.
loobani dog potty tray with its multiple uses can help you in creating a green space in your apartment, balcony or terrace or even patios, providing a safe training tool for your pet training sessions.
The top pad consists of fake grass which is entirely reusable and easy to clean. Simply spray it off with a hose, wash it in warm soapy water, and you’re good to go! The tray underneath is where the pee drains in to and it is completely leakproof. The base collection tray can be removed and emptied without requiring the entire potty to be picked up, or, if you want to wash the whole thing – that’s easy, too – just hose it off in the yard, or in the laundry room sink!
LOOBANI Dog Grass Pee Pads x2
No assembly, settings are instant, fast and simple, reusable. Easy to clean, wash with soap and warm water in under 10 minutes and let it dry out. The mat comes with special agents built into the backing and the yarn—which helps to minimize odors and prevent the growth of toxins.
Small patch 14x18 inches compatible for 16x20 inches Puppy Potty Trainer tray. You will get 2 packs a set. It is convenient for you to wash one while the other is available for use.
Puppy Potty Training Tips
Housebreaking can be a frustrating time for any dog owner. When you decide to introduce your dog to a grass space on your balcony, you may have to housebreak them all over again. Here are a few training tips to help you through the process.
Regular potty times
Bring them to the grass pad at their regular potty times. Dogs get used to their potty break schedule, and when you start to show them the grass patch during their regular potty break times, they’ll begin to correlate the pad with potty time.
Provide positive reinforcement. Give your canine plenty of praise when they use the turf, in the beginning, to let them know they’re doing the right thing. You could also reward them with a training treat.
Be careful not to yell or show frustration with them near the area if they aren’t using it for its intended purpose. If your dog senses your anger, this can confuse them, and they may correlate fear with the pad because that’s the emotion they felt when you were angry with them.
Be sure to take regular trips to the area so your pet can get used to going over it. A good rule of thumb would be to go often after they nap and after they eat.
Be patient! It can take a little while before your dog gets the hang of it. Don’t give up. Be persistent and keep trying.
When it comes to grass pads for your home, you’ll have to decide if real or synthetic pads are right for you. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. If low maintenance is your priority, then a real grass patch is your best bet. If cost is your most significant factor, then synthetic is the way to go.
Of course, your dog may be finicky and decide for you. You may have to try a couple of different options before you find the right fit.
Another thing to keep in mind is that grass pads shouldn’t entirely replace your dog’s means of exercise. Walking outside and getting exercise in the fresh air is still the best option!
Grass pads shouldn’t be used as the only means of potty breaks unless your dog is disabled or ill. Dogs need exercise, and you should give them the opportunity to go on walks as much as possible. Walks are great exercise – and great bonding – for you and your dog.
However, on occasion, when walks are not possible, balcony grass areas are a great alternative to allow your dog to go to the bathroom. It can save you time and provide your dog with the ease and comfort of not having to walk in inclement weather.
Till next time!