10 reasons to buy fake indoor grass for dogs
I have already given you 10 reasons not to buy fake indoor grass for dogs.
But even though indoor grass for dogs is lazy, enough people gave reasons why it works for some dogs.
Here’s why people will buy Indoor Fake Grass for dogs:
1. Indoor grass is an option for dogs with bladder control issues.
Some older dogs that were once able to hold it for seven or eight hours can’t wait that long anymore. Even young dogs have medical issues and can’t hold it.
2. A “Potty Patch” is an option for dogs that can’t move around easily.
If a dog is having trouble walking or getting up, then it’s nice to have a more convenient place for him to go to the bathroom.
I understand what this problem is like, because during my golden retriever’s last days she could not walk. We had to carry our 65-pound girl outside and hold her up.
3. Fake indoor grass pads for dogs is convenient for people living in city apartments.
I’m spoiled. I open my back door and Ace has a field to run in. Other people have to walk 10 minutes just to find a patch of grass.
See my post: What to do if my dog pees next to the pee pad
4. Using a “Pee Pad” is safer than taking your dog out after dark.
Again, it’s easy for me to overlook this one, but some people live in areas where it’s risky to walk your dog after dark.
5. Some dogs are allergic to grass.
So, they pee on fake indoor grass instead!
6. Using fake indoor grass pads is better than the dog having accidents in the house.
Tons of people leave their dogs home all day without hiring a dog walker or coming home to check on the dog during a break.
At least if the person has indoor grass, the dog will not have to hold it for so long.
7. Pee Pads for dogs allow more people to have dogs.
People tolerate a lot just to have a pet. Training a dog to pee indoors and then cleaning up after it is worth it for many people.
8. Some people put the fake grass pads outside on their balconies.
That way people who live in an apartment can let their dogs outside for quick bathroom breaks rather than traveling 15 stories down and all the way back up.
9. Some dogs are stubborn and won’t go out in the rain or snow.
You can train any dog to go to the bathroom outside, but some people just aren’t willing to do that. Some dogs get cold very easily and don’t want to be out for even 30 seconds, so their owners give in and let the dogs pee indoors.
10. Some people really are that lazy.
There’s no hiding it. Having an indoor bathroom for you dog is a very convenient excuse not to take him for a walk.
Friday 16th of September 2016
Not everyone who uses a grass patch is lazy!! Don't overgeneralize. My 8 week old Pomeranian puppy weighs only 2 pounds. He will probably be 4 - 5 pounds when he is full grown. He is trained to go on pee pads, artificial turf grass, and outside. He prefers outside but his bladder is very tiny. We take him out 4-5 times a day and tell him to go potty. He will go in a couple of minutes. Of course we have not had bad weather here yet. Not sure how that will go. He tried to be stubborn about going on wet grass but we didn't let him get out of that. I think it is important for dogs to feel comfortable going outside in case you are traveling in a car and need to stop at rest stops, etc. However, for some folks indoor alternatives are certainly the best and most humane options.
Thursday 7th of May 2015
My little girl uses potty pads and she was trained to use them. She only goes on the pad. She used to have accidents when she was little but she has it under control. At only 6 pounds she doesn't really go as much as a bigger dog. She does go outside to play when the weather is nice. She hates going out in the cold and shivers violently. There was no way I would take her out in the cold to go potty and hear her whine and watch her shiver. There are dogs who have success with potty pads. It's all in how you train them.
Thursday 31st of October 2013
Hi, One thing Chantal might try is disposable doggy diapers. I believe the person who came up with the idea had a dog who had become incontinent due to health problems. I think they originally used regular disposable baby diapers, and just cut a hole for the tail. Now there is at least one company manufacturing actual disposable diapers designed for dogs, and they are available in various sizes. If someone has a dog that is incontinent due to health issues, this is a viable option. Especially if the health issue is being managed medically, dog still has a good quality life, and isn't suffering. JRyuu
Thursday 31st of October 2013
Yes, love that idea. Thank you.
Thursday 29th of August 2013
I have a 16 year old border collie he has never been trained to pee on a mat ever. In sept we are moving to a third floor apt I bought the wee wee pad and put it in his yard that he is using now and when we move it will be on the patio. Just wondering if anyone has any tips on how to train a senior dog who is mostly deaf and having a hard time with stairs to use a pee pad I would walk him a few times a day but he has medical issues with his air ways so that's not really an option for him his larynx is partially paralysed so the vet says its like running a marathon while only breathing thru a straw so the less he does the better it is it him
Thursday 29th of August 2013
I don't have any experience with that, so hopefully someone else can chime in. I would think going back to the basics would work. Taking him to the pee pad, encouraging him to pee on it and then praise and treat when he does.
Saturday 30th of June 2012
I just moved to NYC where grass is limited. Coming from Florida we were spoiled. In the mornings, I walk him twice. Once to pee and then before I leave work to pee and poo. That first walk is in my landlord yard and he isn't pleased. How can I get my dog to pee else where outside?