Friday, June 24, 2011

Dog Potty for Patio: Build Your Own

Well as mentioned in the previous post Jack had emergency surgery.  He can't do stairs for the next 2 weeks while he recovers.  We live in a 3 floor townhouse so this poses quite a problem.  We went to the hardware store and bought supplies to make our own potty spot on our back deck. I had blogged about other patio potties I had seen online, but ours was much cheaper to make and uses real grass.

This is what you need

 1 4'x4' peg board  (about $13)                       

2   2"x4"x96" ($2.12 a piece)
plastic sheeting (we used durable plastic leaf bags)
2 bags of potting soil ($2 a bag)
2 rolls of sod ($5 a roll)


Here is what you do.  

Lay the peg board down on the deck and cover it with the plastic sheeting or bags. Staple gun it or secure it under the peg board so the sheeting doesn't slip.  Create a trim around the board using the 2x4's and secure in place.  Empty the two bags of potting soil on top of the plastic cover peg board.

Roll the 2 strips of sod down. You will have a little extra that you will need to cut off.


Since Jack is a boy dog we bought a little plant for him to aim at to ensure he will pee on the grass.  We also bought a hose attachment for our sink so we can spray off the grass and water it daily to make sure it doesn't die.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

out of curiousity - did this start to smell? i had fake grass on the patio and after a little while it became disgusting!

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Anonymous said...

Sod is different from fake grass....sod is what you put in your yard when you landscape.

Anonymous said...

I loved this idea and had my brother and dad do this for me. My Doxie has no problem going potty on it but my min pin/chi is super picky about it. I've had it for about a month now and have only seen him use it maybe twice. Any advice on how to get him more comfortable with it? I have a plant in it too as I thought that would help.

Also, my sod is on the verge of death. How often did you water?

Thanks in advance!!

Joanne said...

Do you need to make drainage holes? I was thinking of using a fine mesh for the bottom and placing rocks and then the soil and sod.

Sheila Roller said...

I tried this for a female dog...don't do it!! Females have a lot of acid in their urine and turn the grass yellow. After awhile the grass died. Males don't have the same effect.

Krystal Deleon said...

Just out of curiosity, why use a peg board?

Anonymous said...

How do you keep it from leaking on your downstairs neighbors?

live_and_love said...

Thank you for the idea. I am wanting to move out and was wondering what my little dog would do to go potty.

Anonymous said...

Please explain how this actually works? Does the sod and dirt absorb or what. Does it leak? Need to know asap. Just moved and have no grass, on 2 level with nice deck. This would be perfect but need to know how well it works and what about the deck below?

Anonymous said...

Doesn't the urine build up in the soil and start to stink?

Anonymous said...

How do you cut the grass as it grows?

Must Use Umbrella Louise said...

I built this for my dog as we live on second floor apt in rainy Seattle. It was 2ft x 3ft of hydroponic turf for my King Charles Spaniel. She is 2 yrs old and will go pee on command out on the lawn. I tried every trick in the book, but she wouldn't use my deck grass. She just looked at me with "I need to sniff a whole lot more grass than THIS! " I even placed the grass patch out the FRONT door, thinking that might help, but no go. She just ate the grass. I have pee scent spray if anyone wants it! I gave up after 2 months.

VickyLuv143 said...

Easier solution use a cardboard box used to hold 6 packs of soda line w pee pad then kitty litter then lay sod easy and disposable or use a plastic tray used under a washer machine line w litter then sod change 1-2 months way easier then all this or buy premade $29 and they ship new one monthly or u can buy one to try 2 company's sell these one was on shark tank but my way is easier and lighter and doesn't require building anything - this is too complicated and over thought - kitty litter absorbs the smell but still a good idea (plastic tray not cardboard ) to rinse off the pee to avoid smell and burning or yellowing of grass - if your dog likes to eat grass grow some wheat grass put it next to the box the dog will go for that before the pee box

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Leane Vermeulen said...

I want to make this so i can sit with my feet in the grass while reading. i hate leaving the house LOL

Brandi Edmonds said...

"Must Use Umbrella Louise", I would gladly take the "pee" spray, if you would like to mail it to me. My email is ambertwogood@gmail.com I will be more than happy to pay for the shipping as well. Thank you and hope this comment get's to you :) Amberlynn and Family

Debbie Miller said...

There are goodies that you can feed your female or additives to put in their drinking water to change the acidity of the urine so it won't kill the grass.

Sowpath das said...

thanks

Linda Fairy said...

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