Using indoor grass for dogs is lazy

Would you ever buy an indoor potty for your dog?

I don’t see any reason to ever have to train a dog to pee in the house. If I am going to be gone so often that my dog has to pee on fake grass in my living room, then I should own cats and not dogs.

I understand that older dogs and puppies have accidents in the house, but that is not what this product is marketed for.

This artificial grass is for people who live in apartments or condos and are too lazy to take ten minutes to let their dog outside on a leash.

It is also for people who work long hours and can’t get home to let their dogs out often enough. By the way, these tables sell for as much as $400, plus another $100 for shipping. There are smaller versions such as the Potty Patch that are less expensive.

I just find the whole concept gross. Then again, people will do anything to own a dog and having artificial grass for dogs is better than the dog peeing on the rug.

What do you think about fake indoor grass for dogs?

You may also be interested in my posts on 10 reasons to buy fake indoor grass for dogs and 10 reasons not to buy a “Potty Patch” for dogs.

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  1. Lindsay Stordahl Author on October 1, 2009

    You have a hard choice to make about keeping the dog. There is no right or wrong answer. I’m sorry you and your family and the dog have to deal with this.

    I’m glad you called that pet store. Unfortunately, this is a good example of why people should be cautious when buying puppies from pet stores. Did you notice I did not even have to ask where you got her?

  2. Alison on October 1, 2009

    Yes Lindsay, it is such a hard choice. But, I guess dogs need love too. I have never purchased an animal from a pet store. I’ve always had mutt’s, they were always healthy and then they got old and died. This is unbelievable to me. The pet store claims that they have had a relationship with the breeder for years, who, by the way is local and they claim that they have not seen this in their animals. Overall she is a healthy girl. Gaining weight normally, eats, plays and is very very affectionate. I have to say, we went to the pet store to play with the pets and she stole my heart. Thanks again for being a sound board for me, I really appreciate your caring and not only in my situation. You have a nice sight.

  3. Lindsay Stordahl Author on October 2, 2009

    Good luck with your new puppy! I am assuming you are keeping her 🙂

    And thanks for the compliments!

  4. Me on October 11, 2009

    It’s a good idea to give your dog an option to use a dedicated spot for the bathroom. We have two boston terriers and we live in MN now. They can’t stand the cold – even when we dress them up to go outside (our dogs’ hair is shorter than my eye lashes).

    Anyway, they are now trained to go in a litter box. We bought a dog litter box from petsmart and use kitty litter. Out dogs do very well with this. I must say, cleaning the litter box is less gross than cleaning the toilets we use (hate that task).

    But before you judge… you have to experience it… I’m afraid you may be jumping the gun on this one.

  5. Lindsay Stordahl Author on October 11, 2009

    I live in Fargo, ND. My dog has hair as short as a Boston terrier’s. If I did not walk him every day in the winter, that would be lazy.

    I understand the litter box method works out for you and your dogs. Although, I can only imagine what it’s like to live with two under-exercised Boston terriers.

  6. Elizabeth on April 7, 2010

    I like it. Every time My little one who is 4 lbs. takes a drink she pees. It happens often, there is no way I could take her out every single time. I would get absolutely nothing done in a day.

  7. Lindsay Stordahl Author on April 7, 2010

    Hey, whatever works!

  8. Rose Miller on May 1, 2010

    To Lindsay, I just happened to run across this page and started reading. I think you came on to strong with you opinion. Everyone has an opinion and everyone is entitled to one. After you made your statement, a thumbs down statment, you went on to agree like around 6 times that there are times when it could be ok to use. Just because a person uses one of these things doesn’t mean that they are lazy or thier dogs are lazy. As you have seen, there are plenty of reasons for a person to have one. I was looking at these for my dogs. I have a Yorkie and 2 Chihuahuas. I am disabled, in the winter the cold kills me. My hubby walks them a lot, not everyday, but a lot. After working 12 hr shifts, some nights he is to tired. What gives you the right to say he is lazy because he doesn’t walk them every day? You don’t have that right to judge everyone else because they don’t agree with you. If you don’t like the product, crack on the product, not the people. Some times it just comes down to being easier. Example, in the middle of the night, one of my dogs get up and goes into my dinning room and pees. Whoever it is comes and goes without a peep. Other than that, they go to the door any other time and yes we walk them a lot. So I can either let them ruin my floor or put something there to protect it. I think I will protect it.
    Have a good day!

  9. Lindsay Stordahl Author on May 2, 2010

    Your dogs aren’t housebroken. So, get some fake grass.

  10. Rose Miller on May 7, 2010

    You’re wrong, only one dog has the problem. I pretty much know who it is cause I had the 2 Chihuahuas for a couple of years before the rescued Yorkie and the problem started after the yorkie joined the family. And I should have been a little bit clearer about the problem, I made it sound like it happens every night, it only happens maybe once a month, but that is to much, so yes, the one who does it, most likely the yorkie, isn’t housebroken completely, but she is far from being a real problem. Also, no thanks, I’ll pass on the grass, her problem can be handled with the pee paper.
    Have a good one!

  11. Lindsay Stordahl Author on May 8, 2010

    It does sound like you are handling the problem well. “Pee paper” is easier to deal with and I think that’s a good choice in your situation. I’m glad you rescued a Yorkie.

  12. Chris on May 13, 2010

    Again, I don’t understand what all the fuss is about this and why people would actually go so far as to say that someone who teaches their dog to pee/poo indoors on an indoor doggie potty is lazy.

    People use indoor potties, don’t they? Could you imagine if people still used the outdoors for peeing? Well, I use a toilet, INDOORS. As long as a potty is kept clean, I don’t understand the issue. The doggy potties are not difficult to keep clean.

    The point of pooping and peeing—I defacate because my body is cleansing itself, getting rid of what it needs to. Dogs and cats relieve themselves for the very same reason. They don’t relieve themselves because they want to get exercise. They relieve themselves because it’s their natural bodily function to get rid of their waste, just like we do. Going potty outside shouldn’t be the only means of a dog getting their exercise. Going outside for exercise should be fun, last a while, and be for other reasons than just potty time. So, if they are taught to pee indoors on a potty, in the same spot every day, several times a day, and they don’t seem to mind it, I don’t see where the problem lies. As long as the dog gets regular exercise every day, why does it matter if the dog defecates indoors in a potty or outdoors? I personally think it’s healthy for the dog to pee when he needs to pee, just like we do. It’s just as unhealthy to hold pee and poo in a dog as it is for us to.

    And in case you’re wondering, my dog is trained to do both pee indoors on the doggy potty and outdoors in the grass. He only poops outside in the grass 2 times a day, unless he’s ill,only then will he use the potty for poop. I’ve trained him this for 3 reasons–He is a tiny dog that disappears in the snow, it’s unsafe and uncomfortable for him, and he sometimes refuses to venture out in harsh weather; I live in a condo and need to go down several flights of stairs every time he needs to piddle, which is just about every 4 hours (he is healthy and fine, btw); my fiance and I work and can’t always walk him every 4 hrs and I’m not about ready to make him hold his pee for 8hrs. Do you hold your pee for 8 hrs? I know I don’t.

    So, to go back to the comment that we are lazy–it’s actually quite the opposite. It takes time and effort to train a dog to do this cross training. Yes, it is possible to train them to do this, you just need to be patient and consistent with training, and no, not being lazy.

  13. Lindsay Stordahl Author on May 14, 2010

    Thanks for your comment. If it works for you and your dog, that’s great.

  14. Kimmi M. on July 14, 2012

    If you’re an adult with physical limitations, and/or you are required to go up and down a lengthy flight of stairs several times a day (as we do), then i can’t possibly see how this is lazy. If i was on a ground floor apartment or had my own house with a fenced in back yard, sure, i could ALMOST go with the lazy verdict. The person who said it was just “lazy” needs to stop thinking myopically, and realize that some people aren’t physically well enough to make all the trips outside. We have a senior chihuahua with a weak bladder and we have to make MULTIPLE trips a day to take him outside. An indoor puppy “potty” would be a Godsend to us, providing it actually works, of course. So…Lindsey needs to re-evaluate her thoughts on this. My guess is she never thought about the usefulness of such a product for people with physical limitations.