Whether you’re toilet training a puppy, live in an apartment on the 75th floor, or have a senior dog whose bladder can’t hang on like it used to, there are many reasons why you might decide to purchase an indoor dog potty for your faithful friend.
You might be picturing a human baby potty at this point, and wondering how on earth your 100 pounds Great Dane will ever manage that(!) – but don’t worry. Most indoor dog potties are specially-designed, flat structures, often designed to look like a patch of grass, to make it as easy as possible for Fido to master.
Read on for our full buying guide to the best indoor dog potties on the market, to help you make an informed decision about the best way to get your dog to pee indoors (we bet you never thought you’d be saying that!)
The Best Indoor Dog Potty
Our top pick of the best indoor dog potties has to be the Fresh Patch Disposable Dog Potty. This innovatively designed dog potty appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank, and won funding – and it’s easy to see why. Made from real, hydroponically grown grass (not just your average lawn grass!) this potty patch will naturally attract your pup, and minimize any confusion about peeing inside. Real grass is also naturally absorbent, which will help neutralize odor in your home, and it’s contained in a sturdy, leak-resistant base, for your peace of mind.
One of these super-lightweight indoor dog potties is suitable for dogs up to 25lbs, however, if you have a larger dog, there is the option to purchase multiple potties to use side-by-side. Although this eco-friendly dog potty is disposable and biodegradable, it should be noted that the manufacturer recommends replacing your Fresh Patch every 1 – 2 weeks, so depending on how long you need an indoor dog potty for, this isn’t a one-time investment. However, we think the numerous benefits of using a real grass dog potty far outweigh this one drawback!
Made from real, hydroponically grown grass
Naturally attracts your dog and limits odor
16” x 24”, suitable for dogs up to 25lbs
Disposable and biodegradable
- BrandFresh Patch
- Weight9 lbs
We’re going from real to fake grass now with the Petmaker Puppy Potty Trainer. This dog grass pad features a 3-layer drainage system, consisting of an artificial grass top, a detachable grid tray in the middle to allow liquid to drain through, and a plastic collection tray at the bottom, to safely contain your pup’s pee. This system ensures that the fake grass is always dry and ready for Fido to use, whilst making it quick and easy for you to clean out when you’re ready – just use soap and water.
The benefits of using fake grass over real grass are mostly related to how long-lasting the indoor dog potty is. Whilst our top pick will need to be replaced every couple of weeks, this one can be cleaned and re-used for a much longer period of time. This makes it a great choice for dog owners who need a longer-term solution. However, you may well find your dog doesn’t take to fake grass quite as easily as the real stuff – remember, Fido has an acute sense of smell, and will easily be able to tell the difference between a fresh lawn, and spiky green plastic!
Made from artificial grass
3-layer drainage system
Odor resistant and easy to clean
Available in 2 sizes
- Weight4.1 lbs
The PetSafe Pet Loo Portable Indoor/Outdoor Dog Potty is another indoor dog potty made from artificial grass. The design is similar to the Petmaker, in that the urine passes through the fake grass layer and is channeled into a collection bin below. This can then be easily removed to be emptied and cleaned. This dog grass patch is available in 3 sizes, with the Large size being big enough for a Labrador, or similarly-sized fur baby.
There are a variety of accessories available to purchase for use with your Pet Loo. Samples of two of these, the Pee Pod liner and Wee Sponge powder are included with your Pet Loo. These revolutionary add-ons help to solidify and absorb your pup’s wee instantly, for an even easier, odor-free disposal. PetSafe also recommends purchasing a sheet of replacement grass, which you can use whilst the other is being cleaned. This might sound like a lot of additional extras – and it is! – but there’s no doubt that they combine to make one of the most hassle-free dog potty systems on the market today.
Made from artificial grass
Pee Pod with sponge absorbs instantly and contains odor (one sample included)
Removable collection tray for easy cleaning
Available in 3 sizes
- Weight13 lbs
Our first indoor dog potty with no grass at all is this Richell Paw Trax Mesh Training Tray. It has a rather more clinical appearance than the previous lush green offerings but is still an effective dog potty. Designed for use with Paw Trax Super Absorbent Doggy Pads (an additional purchase), this indoor potty patch is essential a gridded tray, designed to hold a puppy pad in place, prevent your dog chewing it and protect your floor at the same time. The Paw Trax pads are available to buy in packs of 30 or 50, so although they’re an additional purchase, you shouldn’t have to make it too often.
Like the previous examples, this dog potty tray is super easy to clean – just dispose of the pad and wash the tray with mild soap and water. It’s available in 3 colors, so you can tailor it to your décor – as long as your décor is brown, pink or luminous green, that is.
Training tray only, no grass
Designed for use with Paw Trax Super Absorbent Doggy Pads
Easy to clean
Available in 3 colors: Brown, Pink or Green
- Weight2.9 lbs
Our second real grass dog potty on this list is the DoggieLawn Disposable Dog Potty. As with our top pick, it’s made from real, hydroponic grass encased in leak-resistant cardboard. For anyone concerned about the environment (which should be all of us), the grass is biodegradable and the cardboard tray is recyclable – this is in stark contrast to plastic trays and puppy pads, which are generally non-recyclable, and do not break down in a landfill.
Other advantages this real grass dog potty has over puppy pads are that it is easier for your dog to master, has a reduced odor, and doesn’t need to be replaced every day – you can treat it pretty much like a regular patch of grass. However, it will need to be replaced approximately every 2 weeks, so again, you are committing to a regular cost in order to keep Fido in the luxury indoor toilets he’s accustomed to.
Made from real grass
Biodegradable grass and recyclable cardboard tray
Available in 3 sizes
- Weight10 lbs
The Klean Paws Indoor Dog Potty by Blyss Pets is another plastic tray option, designed to hold a puppy pad securely in place and prevent your pup from chewing on it. The gridded design means that pee easily passes through the grate onto the pad, and prevents your pup from getting his paws wet – and trampling wet paw prints throughout your home!
Although it’s designed for use with puppy pads, you could also fill this dog potty tray with old newspaper, or another absorbent material, if you’re running low. As it’s made from a high-grade, durable plastic, it’s easy to clean – just snap the grate off, remove and dispose of the puppy pad, and clean the tray with warm soapy water. However, remember this isn’t the eco-friendliest option, as pee pads do not break down in a landfill. Think of it as similar to using disposable nappies instead of reusable ones for your fur baby.
Snap-close grid toilet tray
Designed for use with puppy pads
Keeps paws dry
Easy to clean
- BrandBlyss Pets
- Weight2 lbs
If you’re looking for something a bit more appealing to your dog, the Downtown Pet Supply Premium Turf Dog Potty might be it. It’s made from synthetic grass but designed to look as real as possible, to make it easier for your pup to grasp. The system is similar to other models in that the pee soaks through the grass and into a grid, to be channeled into a removable tray. The small, manageable size of this tray makes it very easy to take out and clean.
This dog grass pad is completely weatherproof, so it’s great if you live in an apartment and want to use it outside on your balcony. As for any on-going costs, the manufacturer recommends replacing the fake grass every 3-5 months – much less often than the real grass dog potty options.
Made from synthetic grass
Drawer system to collect urine
Portable and weatherproof
Easy to clean
- BrandDowntown Pet Supply
- Weight5.6 lbs
This aptly-named Four Paws Wee-Wee Dog Grass Patch is a slightly simpler design of indoor dog potty, with a layer of faux grass sitting directly on top of the collection tray. The grass contains an ‘attractant’, which the manufacturer claims will lure your dog to the patch, and encourage them to do their business there – useful if you think your pup might struggle to master fake grass after previously only being allowed to go on the real stuff!
The tray has a drainage spout, which makes it easy to empty and clean. Reviews of this indoor dog potty are overall very positive, although some do comment that the tray can start to smell if not emptied regularly – something to perhaps keep in mind if you will be out of the house for long periods at a time.
Made from artificial grass
Collection tray with drainage spout for easy cleanup
Available in 2 sizes (Small and Medium)
Contains attractant to entice your dog
- BrandFour Paws
- Weight2.5 lbs
For any owners still worried about the potential odor caused by a dog potty, the PetSafe Piddle Place Indoor/Outdoor Dog Potty is for you. This faux grass patch for dogs is pricier than some of the other options listed here, but it does include a 9 week supply of Bio+ treatment. This consists of a concentrate that you mix with water and place in the catchment reservoir of the Piddle Place before use, to help neutralize bad smells, as well as a spray which you can use to clean the artificial grass (the turf is also machine washable in cold water, so it’s super easy to keep clean!)
The great thing about the design of this indoor dog potty is that the pee drains through the porous faux grass layer into an enclosed tank below (there’s just a small hole to allow it to pass through). As well reduced odor compared to the styles where the pee just sits in a tray, the tank is also easy to transport and empty through a quick-drain spout. The potty also includes a ‘Piddle Guard’, which is essentially a wipe-clean splash guard to help protect your walls and floor, and is particularly helpful if you have a male dog. Overall, this is a seriously good option for those concerned about odor and ease of cleaning.
Made from faux grass
Pee drains into an easy-to-clean reservoir
Includes a 9 week supply of Bio+ Treatment to eliminate odors
Also includes Protective Guard and enzymatic cleaner for the grass
- Weight9 lbs
The final entrant on our list of the best indoor dog potties is this UGODOG grid-top toilet tray. Designed to be used with pee pads or newspapers, you place these beneath the grates for your pup’s pee to soak into (at least one review mentions that the tray is quite thin, so pee pads are probably preferable!)
It’s only available in the one size, but the manufacturer claims that the strong design can support the weight of any dog, regardless of breed or size – although, we can’t see this being suitable for a larger than a medium-sized dog. The fact that the grate is split into 2 does make it easier to clean though.
Grid toilet tray
Designed to be used with pee pads or newspaper
2 smaller fitted grates make it easier to clean
- Weight4.2 lbs
Best Indoor Dog Potties Buying Guide & FAQ
Still not sure which is the best indoor dog potty for your pooch? Allow our buying guide and FAQ to help you make this important, toilet-based decision.
What to Look for in an Indoor Dog Potty
This includes not only the cost of the indoor dog potty but also any ongoing costs. If you will be using the dog potty indefinitely, you may not want to commit to one that has to be replaced frequently, or that has to be used with disposable pee pads. If you’re only going to be using the potty for a short period, for example, whilst on holiday or training a puppy, this might not be such an issue.
- Easy to clean
This is a big one. You’re going to be cleaning your dog’s, ahem, business, off of this thing on a daily basis, so you want it to be as quick and painless to clean as possible. Think about how you will wash it – will it fit in your sink/shower, or do you need a hose? Keep in mind that the easier it is for you to clean, the less likely it will be to smell.
A fairly obvious one, but you will need to make sure your indoor dog potty is the appropriate size for your pup. If it’s too small, you may find Fido ‘misses’ the potty, even if he’s stood on it, which would be pretty frustrating – not to mention messy.
- Encouraging features eg. real grass
It might take some time to train your dog to use his new potty, and it can only help if it looks like his natural, outside toilet. It would seem then that a grass or faux grass dog pad might be preferable - and they also look much nicer, in our opinion.
Why You Need a Potty Patch
- Potty training
Probably the number one reason to get an indoor dog potty is to assist in toilet training a puppy. In this circumstance, you may not want your pup to use a potty indefinitely, just whilst you’re teaching him to go outside/in a designated place, and not on your carpets.
- Unvaccinated puppy
Following on from the above, an indoor puppy potty can be useful if your fur baby hasn’t had his shots yet, and therefore you don’t want to take him outside where he might bump into other lovable-but-germ-ridden mutts.
- Incontinent dog
At the other end of the scale, an indoor dog potty can be helpful if you have an elderly or sick dog, whose bladder control isn’t what it used to be/normally is. Rather than trying (and possibly failing!) to hang on until you get home from work, they’ll be able to relieve themselves whenever they need to.
Another occasion where a puppy patch comes in handy is when you’re traveling with your dog. Place it in the corner of your campervan/caravan/superyacht, and Fido will be able to ‘go’ on the go!
- Apartment / difficult to access outside
If you and your pup live in an apartment block, and the elevator’s been broken since last year, a dog potty patch inside or on your balcony could be a real life (and leg) saver!
Additionally, in a particularly extreme climate, you may not be able to take your dog outside to go to the toilet at all times – an indoor dog potty means you can both stay dry and toasty on those wild winter nights!
Types of Indoor Dog Potties
- Pee pads
Pee pads for dogs are highly absorbent pads, designed to directly soak up your dog’s pee. They are disposable and should be thrown away after use. They don’t break down in a landfill, and for this reason are probably the least eco-friendly option (and also arguably the one which causes the most odor!)
A dog potty tray generally consists of a grid or grate-like top over a tray or reservoir. When your dog uses the potty, his pee will pass through the grate and collect in the tray below, keeping your dog’s paws dry, and allowing you to empty and clean the potty easily. This type of potty can often be used in conjunction with pee pads, which are placed in the tray to absorb the pee.
- Artificial grass
A faux grass dog potty will usually be very similar in design to the tray described above, but will also feature a layer of artificial grass on top, for aesthetic reasons and to try to entice your pup by recreating their natural, outdoor toilet. The grass will be permeable, allowing the pee to soak through and collect in the tray or container below.
- Real grass
A real grass dog potty consists of a patch of – yes, you guessed it – real grass, contained in a (usually) cardboard tray. A real grass dog potty will generally need to be replaced after a couple of weeks, but they are biodegradable, so are still the most environmentally-friendly option.
Advantages of a Grass Patch for Dogs
- Easy for your dog to master
A dog grass pad resembles the place your dog goes to the toilet outside, so it should be easier to train him to use it inside.
- More comfortable for your dog
Imagine needing the toilet, and not being able to go until your human gets home from work in 7 hours (that’s even longer in dog time!) A grass dog potty means your dog can pee when he needs to, making his life much more comfortable if you’re out for long periods of time.
- Protect your carpets
A huge advantage of successfully training your pup to use an indoor dog potty is that they won’t go anywhere else – for example, on your brand new and very expensive cream carpet!
- No security issues
Unlike with other solutions, such as a dog door that requires you to make a hole in the exterior of your home, there are no security issues with using an indoor dog potty - the whole point is for it to use inside your home.
Best Indoor Dog Potties FAQ:
Q: What is an indoor potty for dogs?
A: An indoor potty for dogs is a small, portable structure, usually flat or grid-like in shape, and often covered in real or fake grass, which is designed to be the place that your dog goes to the toilet in your home. They are usually constructed in a way that allows pee to be absorbed or filtered through to an inner layer, whilst ‘number 2s’ can be picked up in the normal way.
Q: How can I train my dog to use a dog grass pad?
A: It may take a bit of time to train your dog to use an indoor potty, so be patient. There are several techniques you can try to encourage your dog to start using his new grass pad. Dogs are more likely to pee on an area that already smells of dog pee, so you could try placing some real, peed-on grass on top of the potty. If you have a male dog, provide them with something to cock their leg on, such as a splash back or small tree stump. Place your dog on the potty after every playtime, mealtime, and sleep, and reward them with treats when they use it correctly.
Q: How should I clean my dog potty?
A: You should aim to clean your dog potty as often as possible, in order to prevent odor in your home. The best way to clean your particular dog potty will vary depending on the design. As a general rule, for an artificial grass dog potty, you should empty any wee in the collection tray, and rinse it with warm soapy water daily. Once or twice a week, it is recommended to also remove the fake grass, and give the whole unit a thorough clean with a hose. For a puppy pad tray, you should remove and dispose of the used pee pad, then clean the entire tray with soap and warm water.
Our Top Pick
Our top pick of the best indoor dog potties has to be the Fresh Patch Disposable Dog Potty with Real Grass. You just can’t beat real grass for the ease of training your pup, and the minimal confusion it will cause them – not to mention the reduced odor in your home and the eco-friendlier, biodegradable design. Although it needs to be replaced regularly, we think the Fresh Patch real grass dog potty is the best solution for your dog and is perfect for short-term requirements, such as toilet training a puppy, or when Fido goes on vacation.
- How to Potty Train Your Dog, Pet MD