The pets we raise in our homes today are all of wild origin.
That’s right! Even after thousands of years of evolution, most domestic animals still retain many of their innate wild characteristics. You should respect these things.
Dogs like to pee in a certain position, which they interpret as their version of a toilet. Your aim should be creating a place in the house where they can attend to their business in their dedicated dog toilet. Your dog will be happier, and so will you.
How can you go about creating this environment, then? Well, all you need is the best dog litter box.
Dog litter boxes are suitable for smaller and medium-sized dogs. You should teach larger dogs to do their business outside. Even with small dogs, you should view a dog litter box as a supplement to taking your pet outside to pee or poop. It should not be viewed as a replacement.
You can find dog litter boxes in three basic types:
- Artificial grass: Synthetic grass potty pads create a good experience for your dogs. The primary advantage of these litter boxes is the fact you don’t need to change them too often
- Real grass: Our overall favorite option, real grass dog litter boxes are environmentally friendly and equally friendly to your dog. You need to replace this type of dog litter box periodically, so it’s another low-maintenance option even if it gets expensive over time
- Plastic boxes: Easy to clean and durable, a regular plastic box serves as a functional makeshift dog litter box
What should you consider when you’re buying a dog litter box, then?
While it might seem like the easiest decision in the world, if you focus on the following three factors, you’ll streamline your buying decision, and maximize your chances of finding the ideal toilet for your furball.
- Size: Before you even think about choosing between models, you should determine where you’ll be locating your dog litter box. We’ll draw attention to the overall dimensions of all the litter boxes we review so you can easily compare them at a glance. Get the size nailed down and right before you proceed. It goes without saying you need to buy a litter box in line with the size of the space you’ll be locating it. Make sure there’s ample space for the box itself and enough room for maneuver around the box. Next up, you should focus on how the litter box is made.
- Materials: Remember that all dog litter boxes tend to be…gnawed. Nibbling everything at hand is a favorite game of dogs. Think about build quality relative to the temperament of your dog.
- Ease of cleaning: Dog litter boxes require cleaning in line with the type and materials. There’s no right or wrong answer here. You should simply think about how much effort you’re prepared to put into clean-up and then buy in line with that. It’s tough to find a product that fits all the above criteria. Even though we’ve curated the best dog litter boxes on the market, few get everything right. Still, if you focus on the criteria you feel are most important, you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a toilet for your dog indoors. Without further ado, then, let’s dive down into our dog litter box reviews.
I. The 10 Best Dog Litter Boxes
1. Our #1 Pick: Artificial Grass Mat for Puppies and Small Pets
First up in our quest for the best dog litter box is an artificial grass mat from Petmaker that’s built to stay the distance without costing you a fortune.
The medium version of this litter mat measures up at 1.75 x 21 x 26 inches. You could also opt for a smaller version at 1.2 x 16 x 20 inches. Think about which would make the smoothest fit in the room you plan to install it.
The multi-layered antimicrobial mat has a plastic insert and a collection tray beneath. As long as you keep on top of regularly emptying and cleaning this litter tray, it should return plenty of service. All of these artificial grass mats tend to get a bit stinky after a few months, so get ready to replace it.
Made from synthetic grass and super-hard plastic your dog shouldn’t end up sinking his teeth into, this Petmaker mat is well worth popping on your shortlist.
2. PuppyGoHere Litter Pan
PuppyGoHere produces a dog litter tray that’s ideal for senior canines. How does it shape up, then?
Well, firstly, you get ultra-low sides on this pan. This means your older dog will have no issues slipping in and out when he wants to do his business.
Overall build quality is rugged with the polypropylene available in 6 colorways to match your design scheme. You should note that the recycled plastic leads to different colors appearing throughout the tray. This shading is not a design flaw, and it has no effect on the integrity of the pan.
The pan comes in 3 different sizes to suit Rex, with this the mid-range Large size. This iteration measures up at 24 x 20 x 3 inches, ideal for most medium-sized breeds.
When you’re hunting for the best litter tray for senior dogs, you’ll need one like the PuppyGoHere that streamlines entry and exit. This tray is competitively priced, solidly built, and capable of protecting your floors from dog pee, even if you’re away from home all day and your dog is left to his own devices.
3. DoggieLawn Real Grass Dog Potty
Are you looking for an all-natural, real grass toilet for your pooch? If so, the inimitable DoggieLawn has a promising option up for grabs. How does this model stand out, then?
Like all natural grass dog potties, you’ll get a mixed blessing. The organic composition means you should get no issue with smells. The very short lifespan, on the other hand, forces you to replace the potty every couple weeks. Ask yourself whether this sits with your budget or not before committing to purchase.
For any new pet owners, you can benefit from some free dog training, a nice touch at this price-point.
As long as you don’t object to the short life and need for regular replacement, this is one of the finest dog toilets on the market. Whether you live in a high-rise apartment, or you struggle with mobility, make your life and your dog’s life easier with this real grass dog potty from DoggieLawn.
4. IRIS USA Small Puppy and Dog Pet Pad Holder
The IRIS USA pet pad holder comes in a range of layouts both with and without a grate.
There are 4 options in terms of size:
- 17 x 17-inch pad
- 5 x 23.5-inch pad
- 22 x 23-inch pad
- 5 x 35.5-inch pad
This should give you exactly what you need whether you live in a small apartment or a spacious house without too many size restrictions.
You can also choose from a number of eye-catching color schemes so you can coordinate your pet supplies with your décor.
With non-slip feet in place, you won’t find the dog potty sliding around, and it won’t scratch the floor either thanks to the non-marking nature of construction.
Easy to use and equally simple to clean, this pet pad holder is the perfect accompaniment to potty training your new furball. Give it a try and let us know how you get on.
5. Fresh Patch Real Grass Disposable Dog Potty
Next up is another real grass dog potty to help train your dog to pee and poop in a designated spot indoors. Like all pet toilets, this is by no means intended to replace taking your pooch for walkies and a toilet break. It can, though, act as a marvelous addition to your arsenal.
As with all natural grass potties, you benefit from completely safe and organic ingredients. Unfortunately, the natural set-up does tend to act as a trap for bugs. The other drawback is the need to replace this potty quite frequently. Do your math before committing to this potty and make sure you’re happy with the ongoing costs.
Do you live in an apartment? Perhaps you have space on the balcony but you don’t want your pet soiling it. Install this potty and he should be peeing and pooping as directed.
6. Artificial Grass Bathroom Mat for Puppies and Small Pets
If you want an artificial grass toilet for your furball, this small iteration of the model we kicked off with today measures 16 x 20 x 1.2 inches. What’s so good about this mat aside from the compact footprint?
The layered arrangement helps keep hygiene uppermost while also streamlining clean-up. Let’s face it, there’s little worse than pet products which end up a messy chore to clean.
The synthetic grass should last a while before it starts to smell too much. You’ll certainly enjoy a longer life than you’d find with a real grass mat.
If this version is a little too small for comfort, you can also find a medium version which we review above.
Anyone not entirely happy with this pet potty can benefit from a satisfaction guarantee allowing you to buy with complete confidence.
7. Downtown Pet Supply Dog Pee Potty Pad
Downtown Pet Supply is a household name in the pet vertical, so what makes this potty pad stand out?
The first thing to be aware of is an unpleasant whiff you’ll encounter right out the box. Once this has been driven away, you’ll benefit from a sizeable potty pad that works equally well indoors or out in the yard.
With a multi-layered layout, you’ll ensure your floors stay spotless and they won’t get scratched and scuffed either.
While no potty pad replaces the need to head outside with your pooch, it can certainly make an excellent addition to toilet training and ongoing toilet duty. Why not give this pad a try and see how your dig finds it?
8. Blyss Pets Klean Paws Indoor Dog Potty
If you don’t object to the lurid green color scheme of this indoor dog potty, you’ll benefit from a neatly-engineered toilet to keep your floors clean and your dog doing his business where he should do.
The grated configuration keeps all paws dry and well away from any pee or poop. This arrangement also makes it much more difficult for teething pups to gnaw their way into the paper or pads.
Whether you have a puppy, a full-grown dog, or even some cats at home, installing this indoor dog potty will keep your home spick and span the easy way.
As a solution to training pads scattered all over the floor, place your trust in Blyss Pets.
9. Richell Paw Trax Mesh Training Tray
The Richell Store is packed with pet products to make your furball’s life better and your life easier. This training tray continues that winning tradition.
The frame snaps snugly into place over your puppy pads, giving you a tight fit and ensuring Fido doesn’t end up chewing at the pad and pulling it away.
The tray itself measures 25.2 x 18.9 x 1.6 inches, and accepts pads sized 17.7 x 23.6 inches. This gives you plenty of scope, and you won’t be locked into buying expensive proprietary replacements. The manufacturer recommends using Paw Trax pads, although others will also fit if they are sized as above.
Available in brown, grey and pink, you can inject some fun into toilet training with a tray to suit your pup’s temperament.
10. Any Pet Indoor Dog Training Toilet
Any Pet serves up an indoor toilet training tray that should help you to keep your floors safeguarded from dog pee, even if you leave your dog unattended.
Choose from 3 bright colorways that make a refreshing change from the sea of gray trays.
The grated system makes it remarkably easy to snap the tray on top of the training pads, where they will be securely pinioned into place.
Now, while this system is undeniably effective, it also complicates cleaning. Several disgruntled consumers complain about difficulties cleaning solid waste from this thing. You need to consider how much of a premium you put on the pads being secured this way, and how much effort you’re prepared to put in with maintenance.
Your dog won’t end up leaving this litter tray and tracking all over the house. His paws will stay dry and the pads will stay safely snapped into position.
Despite the problems with clean-up, this remains one of the best dog litter trays you can find. It’s currently slightly discounted, too, so grab yourself a bargain this summer!
OK, before we round out for the day, here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about dog litter boxes…
II. Dog Litter Boxes FAQs
1) I have 2 dogs. How many dog litter boxes I need in the house?
Two. At least two. If your home has multiple floors, you even need more dog litter boxes.
2) Can I use old newspapers instead of dog litter boxes?
Yes. This may have a slight effect on the effect of your dog’s urine, but you can save some money and not have to throw old newspapers after reading them. Attention replace more often.
3) Where should I put dog litter boxes?
Bathrooms and toilets are the first priority. This will help keep your home free from unpleasant odors and you will also avoid many other discomforts.
4) How often will I need to replace a natural grass pet potty?
While these all-natural toilets for pets look great, longevity is not their strong suit. You’ll need to replace this kind of pet toilet every couple of weeks so make sure you factor this into your budgeting.
5) How often should I clean the average dog litter box?
As often as possible. Like with all elements of keeping pets, staying on top of hygiene can minimize those unpleasant odors that are part and parcel of owning dogs. There’s no substitute for cleaning your litter box daily. Let it build up and you’ll only have a messier and bigger job. Little and often is by far the best strategy for all types of cleaning.
6) Is it OK to stop taking my dog outside to the toilet once I get a litter box?
No. You should always strive to take your dog out as often as possible, both for toilet purposes and for exercise. Once you have a litter tray in place, you’ll have a great back-up. If you live in an apartment or you have mobility issues, using a pet litter tray can simplify your life significantly.
Well, if you started today frustrated at being unable to keep your dog’s toilet habits in check, you should now be a lot more confident of taking control in that area.
You should see there’s a broad spread of dog potties available.
Pets are remarkably rewarding but the mess and dirt can become demoralizing unless you invest in the right equipment.
Now, not everyone needs a dog potty. If you have a large garden and your dog is never cooped up indoors against his will, you could easily sidestep the dog toilet.
Anyone living in an apartment or a home without outside space would likely benefit from adding a dog potty to the house.
Fortunately, buying the right toilet really doesn’t take too much time or effort. Once you’ve decided on the type of toilet, all you really need to consider is sizing and you’re all set to whip out your credit card.
Our advice is to consider closely how often you’ll need to replace the potty. You should calculate ongoing costs so you can buy with your eyes wide open.
If you’re motivated primarily by the bottom line, think about using a plastic tray which will last on and on.
Let BarkVA help you find the best solutions to your dog’s problems. Bookmark our site before you head off and pop back any time you need guidance on finding the right products for your beloved pets. We’ll see you soon!