It’s been approximately one month since I first introduced my dogs to the Urban Potty and I must say it’s been a hit! At the beginning of August I put together an Urban Potty Review giving my initial thoughts and comments on this dog potty box.
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…Back to our review!
Setting Up Your Urban Potty
We found setup very simple and initially didn’t even open the directions. If you’re like me then you’ll probably just bypass those directions and setup on your own. However, there were a few points you want to make sure and follow.
- Make sure you remove the thin plastic film from the plastic funnel and tray.
- When placing the container underneath the plastic tray make sure it is aligned properly over the center drain hole.
- Use a watering can to lightly rinse on and around the area of potty on the turf with about a half cup of water after each use.
- I’ve been deep cleaning my Urban Potty every few weeks by thoroughly rinsing all parts with a hose.
How To Use The Urban Potty
Yeah…sorry Apache, but the Urban Potty is not a dog bed! Don’t worry this is a brand new, unused Urban Potty. We let it sit in the house for the first week or so to let the pups get used to looking at and smelling it. Apache immediately thought the Urban Potty made a great doggy bed, grabbed his Rhino bone, and made himself comfortable.
Here are the steps we took to get our pups to use the Urban Potty:
- When introducing our pups we made sure and used the Urban Potty for our pups first potty of the day that way we knew they really had to go.
- For the first few uses we had our pups on leash so we could guide them to the Urban Potty.
- After just a few trips our pups would go to the Urban Potty without their leash…that is all the pups except for Linus.
The Urban Potty was easy to setup and training the pups was a snap (*with the exception of Linus).
The Urban Potty Is Great As A Puppy Potty Training Tool!
I’m being totally honest here. While it was a little more difficult getting Stetson and Linus to use the Urban Potty all three puppies (an 8 week old, 7 month old, and 11 month old) I had over at the house used it almost without hesitation.
While I never really thought to much about using an Urban Potty or similar product in the past I can now see many benefits in using it as a puppy potty training tool. As a guide dog puppy raiser I have young pups over at the house more often then most people. We are very careful with our young puppies and don’t take them around the common areas in our neighborhood until they are fully vaccinated. Young puppies can be very susceptible to many parasites and diseases which can sometimes be fatal.
So why did we see so much potential in the Urban Potty as a puppy potty training tool? There are many reasons starting with:
- It’s great for us because we live in a condo with a small patio. When our pups are young this is the only place they can potty. We have a little rock bed area and the cement for our pups to do their business. The Urban Potty means no mess on the cement area to clean up.
- All the pups we worked with quickly learned that the Urban Potty was their new potty spot.
- We teach our pups to go on all different surfaces. Artificial grass is different then real grass and gives us one more surface to train our pups to “get busy” on.
- There were almost no distractions and our pups pretty much hopped up, did their business, then hopped down. Quick and easy!
- Most importantly it gave our pups parasite and disease free spot to go potty.
Keeping your puppy free of sickness and disease is a priority not only for a guide dog puppy raiser like myself, but for all puppy owners!
The Pros And Cons of The Urban Potty
We really liked the Urban Potty, but in our experience no product is perfect and that’s also true of the Urban Potty. Here’s our list of some of the things we liked and didn’t like about the Urban Potty.
- I’ve mentioned it over and over, but it’s so important to keep your young pups away from the parasites and disease in the common public areas around your home. The Urban Potty gives your pups a safe clean place to do their business.
- I liked the collection system which makes it easy to carry and dispose of your pooches pee. Some of the similar products I’ve seen, but not tested have a tray which looks very difficult to carry especially if you’re walking through the house. The Urban Potty has a container with a cap that you can screw on and off to seal for transportation.
- This thing is sturdy! Some of the dog potty boxes I’ve seen in the store are very cheaply made. I heard a 180 pound person could stand on the Urban Potty. While I didn’t test our sample product with a 180 pound man it had no problem supporting Apache, a 90 pound Golden Retriever.
- Perfect for apartments with small patios or balconies. Especially if you’re not on the first floor. While I don’t have this problem I could see it being a real hassle to try and get your puppy down stairs or down an elevator to get to a potty spot. I bet many an accident happened on the way down.
- How’s the weather? If you have extreme weather conditions (scorching hot or freezing cold) then the Urban Potty means you don’t have far to go and your pup will not be distracted and get his business done much quicker.
- Midnight potty breaks – getting your dog to potty in the middle of the night or early in the morning is quick and easy with the Urban Potty.
- Stetson was a little uncomfortable on the Urban Potty because it was too small. I think over time he’ll be fine, but any larger than Stetson who’s a 70 pound Labrador Retriever and I think you’d need a larger dog potty box. I’d like to see different sizes of the Urban Potty. The approximate weight of the dogs we tested were:
- Toby – 15 pounds
- Journey – 45 pounds
- Cici – 50 pounds
- Linus – 55 pounds
- Stetson – 70 pounds
- I like the collection system, but I’d also be interested to see an optional drainage tube. My patio has a drain pretty close to where I setup the Urban Potty. I’d love to just run a tube straight into the drain.
- Toby liked picking up the ends of the grass, scratching and chewing this area. I keep him on leash and can control this behavior. However, I would not leave unattended puppies with the Urban Potty as I could easily see them chewing up the ends of the artificial grass. Another friend of mine had a similar product and had the same issue with the artificial grass. I’m not too sure what the solution would be, but this seems to be a problem only with the really young pups.
- An easy way to tell when the collection system is full. We actually over-filled the collection system twice in the past month. I’m sure I can get better at figuring it out, but I’d love to see an indicator that showed me when it’s time to empty the container.
I think most of these Cons are nitpicking. Perhaps we’ll see some of these changes in an Urban Potty version 2.0.
Take a good look at the three different pictures in this post and remember the Urban Potty is 36 wide X 32 depth X 4.5 height.
- Apache is a 90 pound Golden Retriever - You can see curled up he fits perfectly on the Urban Potty. He never had the chance to try the Urban Potty, but I have a feeling he may have had some difficulty because he is such a large dog.
- Toby is a 15 pound Labrador Retriever Puppy – You can see in the second picture that the Urban Potty is more than large enough for Toby. In fact I would say it’s the perfect size if not too big for a puppy like Toby.
- Stetson is a 70 pound Labrador Retriever – You can’t really tell in this picture, but if you walked Stetson on a regular basis then you would probably notice that he had to scrunch his body a little bit to fit on the Urban Potty. While you could probably train dogs larger than Stetson to use the Urban Potty I probably wouldn’t recommend it unless you know your dog can potty on a dog potty box with the above dimensions.
Answering My 7 Questions/Concerns About The Urban Potty
At the end of my first Urban Potty review blog post I listed 7 questions/concerns I had regarding the product and I was hoping all of these questions would be answered once my dogs started using their new potty box. Here are the 7 questions:
- I know it will produce some odor, but how much will the Urban Potty smell? - After using the Urban Potty for an extended period of time I found out that it does create a smell, but nothing that was really that noticeable. Of course my potty was setup on my patio where there is lots of free flowing air. Also, I made sure and rinsed with about a 1/2 cup of water each time one of my pups went potty. And finally, I did a deep cleaning about every 2-3 weeks. Overall, the odor from the Urban Potty was not too bad and very tolerable in my situation.
- Will my pups use the Urban Potty? - So far Stetson, Toby, Journey, and Cici have all used the Urban Potty. Up to this point the only dog that has not used the Urban Potty is Linus which is not surprising. As a guide dog puppy raiser we teach our pups to potty on all different surfaces. Unfortunately for Linus I taught him to potty only on grass (Linus was before I raised guide pups). He was so adamant about going on the grass that he wouldn’t even potty on the dirt when we were camping. So it doesn’t really surprise me that we’re having some difficulty getting him to go on the Urban Potty. We are still working on it…
- Can it withstand the weight of my pups (55-90lbs)? - Yes! I’m not sure what it’s tested for (we here a 180 pound person), but you can see in the picture above that it can easily hold up Apache, a 90 pound Golden Retriever.
- How often should I clean the Urban Potty? – It’s recommended that you deep clean the Urban Potty every 2-4 weeks. I would increase or decrease that number depending on how often you use the potty box and how bad the odor gets. Also, make sure and rinse after every use with a water can and half cup of water. As I mentioned I deep cleaned it about every 2-3 weeks.
- How often do I need to empty collection system container? - I’m not quite an expert on this one yet and I have overflowed the collection container twice. If you have bigger dogs like mine this thing fills up pretty fast. Especially when you have a puppy who potties about 10 times a day and two older dogs who seem to have ginormous bladders. When I had Toby and Stetson using it I was probably emptying it about every other day.
- How easy is the setup and maintenance? - Setup and maintenance are very easy and explained in the instructions. However, as I said you really don’t need the instructions for setup and maintenance (so far) has consisted of rinsing after each use, emptying the collection container every other day, and deep cleaning about every 2-3 weeks.
- Apache is a pretty big boy. Will the Urban Potty be large enough for my pups? - Unfortunately Apache did not get a chance to use the Urban Potty, but all of my other dogs did and it was just large enough for Stetson who is a 70 pound Labrador Retriever. After seeing Stetson use the Urban Potty I believe Apache (a long 90 pound Golden Retriever) would have had difficulty using the Urban Potty because of his size.
Sorry for this lengthy tome about the Urban Potty, but I wanted to get all of my thoughts down over the past month. Just in case you were wondering and didn’t see last months review post the Urban Potty Starter Kit is currently selling for $219.00 which is 24% of the regular price. The price also includes free shipping.
We have one more review post in the pipeline. You might be wondering: “what else does this guy have to say?”. At least two things still linger…We’ve been shooting video so you can see exactly how our puppies use the Urban Potty in stunning video And finally, the question remains…Can we get an older dog like Linus who at one point would not even potty on dirt to use the Urban Potty? Stay tuned for our final Urban Potty Review!
If you live in an apartment or high rise, raise or foster puppies, or live in extreme weather conditions how do you think an Urban Potty could benefit you? If you have any questions about the Urban Potty please leave us a comment in the comment section below.
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