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!

Here is yet another great idea for a potty pan for dogs, depending on the size of your dog, of course.

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, please do come back and let me know what YOU think of the WizDog, once your puppy has had the chance to use it.


Potty pan for dogs - my homemade remedy!


 

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Trish

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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    • You're very welcome Gary! I had read far too many complaints regarding the artificial grass being to difficult to clean thoroughly. Nugget has NEVER need it either.

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  21. I have a 6 lb Toy Fox Terrier that has been using a potty tray indoors for the last 3 1/2 years. I used to have a water cooler next to it, it broke and I threw it away every since my dog will no longer go on the potty tray he will go in front of it. I do take him out 3 times a day with an older and larger 13lb Toy Fox Terrier that will hold it and go outside. The older one was not trained on a potty tray the smaller younger one has since he was 6 weeks old. I don't know why for the last 2 weeks he will not use the tray he has used for the last 3 1/2 years. Any help will be appreciated.

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  22. Although, I found comments regarding animals behaviors as worthy. I found nothing to answer my questions as to whether these pet potties actually work. Can anyone give me some insight to this as I thought that was what this blog was about?

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  23. Does your male dog ever pee over the edge of the potty pan? That is my concern with any of these type products, but I am going to try it anyway. I took in a very sweet little Yorkie boy that's 10 years old and I don't think he can hold it all day while I'm at work so I need to try something. Thanks for your help.

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    • Your question is a good one Terry… and I have to say yes, my Nugget DID pee over the edge just yesterday…. and this is THE first time he has done this. I simply showed him how he has to keep four paws on the Potty Pan or this is what happens… and I showed him what he had done. I did NOT yell at him.

      I truly believe that as owners, too many of us think our dogs too stupid to understand. I have NEVER accepted that of any of my pets, be they dogs, cats, or birds… and many of my friends and family thought I was "nuts" until they themselves witnessed the results I get from my pets when I treat them as intelligent creatures… that they are.

      Your Yorkie is one lucky dog to have you as his caretaker. Most owners expect their pets to hold a full bladder for hours… when they themselves cannot do that. I wish you the BEST of luck.

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  24. Good article for others that want to make their own!

    I purchased a Tinkle Tray from Marj's site and it is pretty much the same thing as above. (and it could be made for less in my opinion.. but where is the profit in that)

    I don't mind spending money on a well made product.. and enjoy purchasing from people from my own country as Marj's Tinkle Tray is made in the USA! However, I really expected more than a DIY product.

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  25. thank you and thank you to the dog lady just about to buy a petzoo indoor doggie litterbox (dont know what to call it) for my little havaneese he hates the yard in our new house, must be too big for him now i hope this will solve our constant messs Heidi-NY State

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  26. It's interesting to see how easy it is for pet products to be over sold. Especially when you can do it yourself for less….and probably come out with a better product and a happier pet. Your instruction seems very straight forward and easy to follow. Great idea

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