Years ago a friend of mine got into the artificial grass business and introduced me to an artificial grass dog potty box. Just the other day we spoke with the founders of the Urban Potty a much more advanced version of the original dog potty box we saw several years ago.
As a guide dog puppy raiser and therefore someone who constantly has puppies in the house I thought the Urban Potty would be a great tool for puppy potty training. The boys (Linus, Stetson, Apache, plus special guests) decided to put the Urban Potty to the test and write a thorough 3 part review including some awesome images and videos of the Urban Potty in action.
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Keep Your Puppy Safe
We’ve been raising guide dog puppies for the past 6 years and during that time we’ve learned a lot about how to raise and train a puppy. One of the most important things we learned was how to keep your puppy healthy and safe.
Before we picked up Linus from the shelter 8 years ago we had no idea how sensitive a puppy could be to potential disease and illness. Of course we had heard the horror stories about puppies dying from Parvo or catching some other horrendous disease. However, it wasn’t until we brought home Dublin (now a working guide dog) our 3rd guide dog puppy in training that we witnessed the dangers of Parvo first hand!
As guide dog puppy raisers we are all trained to be very careful with our pups until they’ve received all of their vaccinations (around 16-20 weeks of age). Until that time our puppies have a weaker immune system and it’s therefore a good idea not to bring them to areas where there are a lot of unknown dogs such as
- Dog Parks
- Veterinarian’s Office (keep them off the floors if possible)
- Pet Stores
- Home Depot
- Your Neighborhood
Even with this information one of Dublin’s fellow puppy kindergarten classmates caught Parvo and after battling with the disease for a few days ended up passing away. All of the puppies from our kindergarten class had to be tested for Parvo and lucky for us Dublin was okay. However, it just goes to show you that even people as careful as puppy raisers need to be aware of the dangers of outside diseases.
OK!? So Where Should I Work On My Puppy Potty Training?
Sorry if we scared you with the whole Parvo thing, but it’s definitely out there and you need to be aware. So if you can’t let your puppy out into the neighborhood to do his business then what is the best solution for potty training?
Some people are lucky enough to have a nice backyard where they can safely take their puppies to “get busy”. However, we live in a small condo with just a patio. Until recently we’ve allowed our puppies to just potty directly on the cement or in the little rock bed we have on our patio. This is great for our guide dog pups because we need to teach them to potty on all different kinds of surfaces. However, one drawback is it can get a bit messy with potty stains on the concrete.
As I mentioned earlier we had the opportunity to speak with the founders of the Urban Potty and we got our hands on a cool new Urban Potty Starter Kit. This is a perfect solution for puppy owners like me. The Urban Potty is great (for our situation) for several reasons:
- The artificial grass gives our pups yet another surface to learn to “get busy” on.
- No stains on the concrete.
- Urine collects in the easy to transport container.
- Easy to setup and use on the patio.
- I don’t have to worry about all the potential diseases and parasites I spoke about earlier.
I’m sure there are many other great reasons, but those are just off the top of my head. Here’s a closer look at the Urban Potty.
Urban Potty Review – A First Look
Urban Potty Starter Kit
- Urban Potty sleek tray (36 wide X 32 depth X 4.5 height)
- Potty Turf™ synthetic grass
- Collection System container and funnel (container holds 1.8 liters)
- Setup and usage instructions
- Convenience/Bad Weather: I live in southern California so I never really thought too much about bad weather. However, if you live where it constantly rains, snows, or you experience extreme heat you can save time and yourself from getting wet/cold/hot by setting up the Urban Potty on your balcony or patio for easy access. If you live in a highrise apartment you won’t have to worry about waiting for the elevator or rushing down the stairs. This can be especially important for smaller breeds and puppies who need to potty often.
- Puppy potty training: The Urban Potty helps with good potty habits. By having easy and quick access to a potty spot, owners will be able to quickly respond to puppy seeking a spot to potty. When we first start potty training our puppies we teach them to go to the same spot every time. The Urban Potty gives your puppy a consistent spot to potty.
- Cost: While the initial cost may be high. Overall the Urban Potty is a less expensive alternative to pee pads because there are no ongoing costs.
- Maximum drainage: The Potty Turf grass offers great drainage and it’s porous throughout the surface of the mat instead of insufficient drainage holes drilled every few inches like on other competitor grass products. Efficient drainage assists in keeping paws clean and minimizing odors.
- No distractions: Urban Potty minimizes distractions such as street noises, other dogs, people walking by, cars driving by, and various smells in the air.
- Keeps you and your dog healthy: Our guide dog school as well as most veterinarians will recommend not taking puppies to places heavily frequented by unknown dogs until they’ve completed their vaccination series. By using the Urban Potty you will significantly redue your pups exposure to disease and parasites.
- Safety: If your dog or puppy needs to potty at 2am it’s much safer to just take him to the Urban Potty on the patio then to take him for a short walk through downtown. Safety first!
If you’re wondering about the cost for the Urban Potty the regular list price is $289. However, it’s currently discounted 24% and selling for $219 along with free shipping.
Our First Thoughts About The Urban Potty
If you can’t already tell I’m very excited to let the boys try out the Urban Potty. I think it can be a great tool for potty training our puppies today and in the future. Not only does it solve our individual problem of keeping our pups safe from outside disease and parasites, but it can also solve many other puppy potty training problems depending on your individual situation (see above examples).
Of course we do have a few questions that we plan on answering in our upcoming Urban Potty Review posts:
- I know it will produce some odor, but how much will the Urban Potty smell?
- Will my pups use the Urban Potty?
- Can it withstand the weight of my pups (55-90lbs)?
- How often should I clean the Urban Potty?
- How often do I need to empty collection system container?
- How easy is the setup and maintenance?
- Apache is a pretty big boy. Will the Urban Potty be large enough for my pups?
Will the Urban Potty live up to our expectations? We’ll see in our upcoming reviews…
That’s our initial assessment of the Urban Potty. Time to get busy and let our dogs “get busy” on the Urban Potty. We’re going to poke and prod the Urban Potty so we can find out exactly what it is made of. No holding back!!!
What do you think? Do you have any questions you’d like answered about the Urban Potty? Have you used an Urban Potty or similar product? If you have then please give us your Urban Potty Review in the comment section below.
Urban Potty Reviews:
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