homemade potty pan for my Nugget

Potty Pan For Dogs – Litter Pan For Dogs

Thank YOU Doggies.com! Back in October 2009, my local Showcase (aka: As Seen On TV) store advertised the Potty Patch for sale for only $39.99 and $89.99, so I decided to “Google” the Potty Patch and see what I could learn BEFORE purchasing the product. Am I ever glad I took the necessary time to research the product!

Having found the doggies.com blog, and reading through all the comments (and there are several, so don’t go skipping any!) I decided to save my money AND frustrations, and NOT purchase the Potty Patch… and it looks so wonderful too :-(.

The Tinkle Tray was mentioned in one of the comments, so… off to my search engine I went, and found Marj Kruger’s website straight away. Having read through her entire web page, I became sooooo impressed that Marj’s product is being made in America that I emailed her asking if she could export her product to Canada. Disappointingly, I never did heard back from Marj… so, off to my local Lowe’s store in Whitby, Ontario I went, equipped with a printed picture of Marj Kruger’s Tinkle Tray and measurements of 21” x 27” written on it… along with my dog’s present potty tray measurements, 20” x 34”.

Andrew (in the windows and doors department) at Lowe’s is in his last year of studying to become a structural engineer, so I KNEW I could depend on his ingenuity, along with his knowledge of parts that might be available within the store that would allow me to create my own version of a Tinkle Tray for my dog. I was right!

WhiteCrate-UtilityTray18429 2×4 white egg crate styre(ne) $10.98 (used for ceiling light louvers) PLUS, 293486 22×34 modular utility tra(y) $9.98 (better known as a boot tray)… all for $20.96 (CDN) plus $2.73 taxes for a grand total of $23.69. I even pressed on the white egg crate styrene with my hand to make certain it would not hurt my dog’s paws… and it is fine.Label from utility tray

sidecuttersAll I needed in the way of tools to create my own Potty Pan was a pair of side-cutters and a marker pencil!

Carefully marking EXACTLY the squares to cut with a marker pencil, I the cut the “egg crate styrene” to fit the utility tray. Then I lined the tray with newspaper and placed the trimmed piece of “egg crate styrene” on top… and voila! My dog now has his very own Potty Pan.

Homemade Potty Pan

Homemade Potty Pan

This new Potty Pan now sits where a previous metal pan sat, in my laundry room… and it looks soooo much neater, considering I no longer need a towel just under the edge of the tray for my male dog to “wipe” his paws on.

If not for the post published at doggies.com, I too would have been an unhappy camper within weeks of purchasing the Potty Patch, considering the stench many pet owners complained of regarding the artificial grass top!

Indoor potties with artificial grass, I would NEVER recommend. But for those of you who do NOT have the time to make your own doggy potty, I fully understand and offer you THIS suggestion along with a comparison:

     WizDog    My homemade version
Features    – Plastic tray and grate
– All liquid is absorbed by newspaper under grate on Plastic tray
– Newspaper stays under grate and cannot be shredded
– All liquid waste is channeled through the grate to the bottom of the tray and absorbed by newspaper (optional), preventing paws from coming in contact with the urine
– Keeps your dog’s paws clean and dry
PRICES NO LONGER UP TO DATE
Price    $30.00 USD    $20.96 CND
PRICES NO LONGER UP TO DATE
Tray size    Exterior measurement – 28″ L x 21″ W
Inside measurement – 23.5″ x 15.5″
   Exterior measurement – 33″ L x 19 ½” W
Inside measurement – 29 ¼” x 15 ¼”
 
Pros    – Free dog training ebook with purchase (a $30 USD value)
– 100% satisfied for any reason whatsoever within 30 days of receiving my product
   – No shipping & handling
– No waiting for delivery
 
Cons    – Shipping & handling extra
– Canadian purchasers pay $ conversion
– Canadian purchasers need pay duty fees
   – Must have tools
– No guarantee

For those of you who prefer to simply purchase the WizDog click here. And, please, do come back and let me know what YOU think of the WizDog, once your puppy has had the chance to use it.

Wizdog


 

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Given my passion for genealogy, is it any wonder that I eventually wanted to publish my work? Learning to use a personal computer was a natural step once I was introduced it in the 1990s. Then the internet offered a second means to "publish" and now, here I am with a personal blog.

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141 comments
melissa says April 27, 2017

I needed to find something so that my pup is not laying on the blanket she just eliminated on, I think I have found it! After this long period of time since you have been using it, is this still working? and I have a 75 pound puppy, will it hurt her paws since she weights so much?

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    Trish says April 27, 2017

    Hey Melissa, the reason the parts were selected to create my own homemade potty pan for Nugget was because of the parts detailed in the potty pans you can purchase, you know, the ones with artificial grass on top of the plastic grating. So many complained about the artificial grass retaining the smell of urine that I decided to forgo that part. All I can tell you is that Nugget having been only 10 pounds, AND whining about peeing on his own feet, he was grateful to have this potty pan.

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Doris Galva says September 13, 2012

I love your wp theme, where would you download it from?

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    Trish says September 13, 2012

    It's an old them Doris. This style is no longer available and I AM contemplating changing my theme by 2013. Thanks!

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Claudio Scheitlin says August 27, 2012

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    Trish says August 31, 2012

    Thanks Claudio!

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May says July 28, 2012

You made several nice points there. I did a search on the topic and found most folks will go along with with your idea. It cheaper!

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    Trish says July 31, 2012

    Thanks May, I found it to be much cheaper to create, bigger in pan size, and easier to clean without the artificial grass.

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Michele Nista says July 11, 2012

This one is as great as your other posts : D

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    Trish says July 21, 2012

    Thanks Michele!

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Hank Hubert says July 6, 2012

Hi there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my zynga group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Many thanks

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    Trish says July 21, 2012

    Yes, please do share my blog with your group Hank! Thanks for asking.

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Luciana Seabury says July 3, 2012

Great post. I just stumbled upon your site and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your articles. I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon. Thanks!

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    Trish says July 4, 2012

    That's great news Luciana, and thank YOU!

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Jim Klein says July 2, 2012

Thanks for this Trish!

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    Trish says July 2, 2012

    You're very welcome Jim!

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Alejan Chase says July 1, 2012

I just found your site on Google!

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    Trish says July 2, 2012

    That's GREAT news Alejan, thanks!

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Albana says June 30, 2012

you have done a marvelous job by providing these details in your post. it will help a lot the people who are searching for ways to have their dogs relieve themselves while indoors. thanks for sharing!

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    Trish says July 2, 2012

    You're very welcome Albana!

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Andira says June 30, 2012

i’ve never heard of something like this before, thank you for sharing this information with here. Now dogs too have their own potty… LOL!

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    Trish says June 30, 2012

    🙂 …you welcome Andira!

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Linda Cardinali says June 26, 2012

i compliment you for the great money-saving idea you have posted here, congratulations and keep ’em coming!

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Trish says February 14, 2012

Hello Andrea… my homemade potty pan works wonders, which is why I posted this on my personal blog… soooo, forgive my confusion but what exactly is it you are asking? At the very start of my posting here, you will see an active link to doggies.com's website so you can view all conversations there too.

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Linda says November 16, 2011

Just wanna say thank you for nice easy to follow instructions you’ve provided here. I love the design of your website too. It actually stands out!

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    Trish says June 27, 2012

    Thanks Linda!

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    Trish says February 14, 2012

    Thanks for your awesome feedback Donya! Much appreciated.

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Janice says November 16, 2011

One of my big concerns was that might have been umteen things to acquire in making this. Surprisingly not. THANKS!

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    Trish says February 14, 2012

    You're welcome Janice!

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Ken Barias says November 16, 2011

Thanks for good information!

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    Trish says February 14, 2012

    You're welcome Ken!

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Winfred Seyus says November 15, 2011

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    Trish says February 14, 2012

    Well, this is great news Winfred… thank YOU!

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Zeek Goaziou says November 15, 2011

Excellent tips found on your web site while! My very own sincere apologies for not saying thanks to you earlier.

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    Trish says February 14, 2012

    You're welcome Zeek!

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Nick Parco says November 15, 2011

I would name your blog the dreamland. While Santa knocks at our door just once per year, you blog is open the whole year – wow! I know who’s getting a potty pan for Christmas this year!

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    Trish says February 14, 2012

    Hey… thanks Nick. I love your comment. Hope your "puppy" got his potty pan for Christmas.

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Dan Barnes says November 15, 2011

Loving the info on this web site, you have done outstanding job on the content.

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    Trish says February 14, 2012

    Thanks Dan!

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Dino Smith says November 15, 2011

I want to make my own as all of the ones I have found to buy have the fake grass. Too much cleaning for me. Thank you for this!

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    Trish says February 14, 2012

    You're welcome Dino! I too do NOT like the idea of my dog peeing on artificial grass. Impossible to clean thoroughly.

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Gary says November 15, 2011

Hi! Great idea.

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    Trish says February 14, 2012

    Thanks Gary!

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