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The issue you're facing is "surface association" because your dog is trained to go on a unique surface not found in your backyard. Your pet is looking for that pad/paper when out on the walk or in the backyard.
You can easily transition your pet to use grass by using the Pet Loo. Simply place the Pet Loo in the area where you normally place pee pads or newspaper, then put the pad/paper on top. Each time you need to replace the pad/paper, cut it in half so that more and more of the synthetic grass can be seen underneath. Eventually your pet will not need the pad or paper at all and will just be using the Pet Loo.
If your dog is reluctant to step up onto the Loo during this initial stage, you can use a similar technique. Take the synthetic grass off the base unit and place the pad/paper on top of the grass and on the ground, in the area that your dog prefers to toilet. After a day or so of successfully using the grass and paper combination, you can then introduce the base unit to your dog by placing it next to the synthetic grass. Allow your dog another day or so before placing the grass and paper back on top of the Pet Loo. Once your pet is confidently using the Loo, you can start halving the paper/pad on top of the grass.
There are products available that help you train your pet to go to the bathroom. Instinctively pets are territorial so if they smell a scent of another dog's pee, they will be inclined to mark over the top of it. "Skip to my Loo" is a unique attractant that helps you to toilet train your best friend. The scientifically formulated solution mimics animal urine and encourages your pet to use that spot, making potty training easy.Close
If an action is followed by praise or reward, after a period of time an animal will learn to repeat this action. Training an older dog may take a little more time and patience, but if you invest the time, you will reap the rewards. Some dogs may instantly get it from the word “go,” while others may need a little extra help. You will need to put in some serious time and effort to have a fully house trained dog, but it will be rewarding in the end!
Frequent Potty Breaks
Before launching into the epic adventure that is toilet training a dog or pup, it can help the process if you put yourself in their shoes.
An 8-week-old puppy, when awake and active, will need to need to go on average about every 20-40 minutes, or after every meal and after every nap. Puppies don't start gaining control of their bladder and bowel functions until they are several weeks of age. This is also the age when puppies start developing preferences about where they will go - a vital stage to be learning to go where you want them to go.
Many puppies may need 15 minutes of sniffing and circling before they are comfortable enough to go. The sniffing and circling is very important, but this should not become playtime. Keep toys and distractions away from where your pet goes to the bathroom.
One of the biggest problems with toilet training is not supervising your pet. If your dog has accidents in the house, and if this is allowed to happen often enough, the pup will soon be conditioned to toilet inside, wherever he likes. It’s important to supervise your dog before he’s properly house trained.
When you can’t watch your pup, keep him in a safe, confined area such as the laundry room, bathroom, crate, or anywhere with an easy-to-clean floor. This makes accidents easy to clean up, and your dog will be more likely to choose the Loo or pee pad to toilet on, rather than their eating or sleeping spaces.
The key with toilet training is consistency. Much like humans, all dogs are individuals; therefore you may need to adapt your training methods to suit your best friend. Whichever approach you choose, it's important that you stick to it! Toilet training can take up to 2-3 weeks, so don’t give up!
Clean It Up
Clean up accidents with good quality cleaning products that get to the source of the smell and prevent pets from using that spot again. Liquid, enzyme-based products, such as Whiff Off or Liquid Ate, get to the source of odor or stain to eliminate, not cover them up.
Potty Training Tips
Either your pet’s routine has changed or something in the environment has changed.
To clean up your pet’s waste, remove the waste container and dump the urine in your toilet or yard. The waste container holds 2 liters of liquid and is made of a material that reduces odor. For even easier cleanup, place a Pee Pod into the waste container. These disposable pods are lined with our Wee Sponge powder that solidifies into a gel when it comes in contact with liquid, effectively trapping urine and odors. For your pet’s solid waste, use a pooper scooper or a poop bag.
Does your dog lift his leg to mark his spot? Place a small vertical object like a disposable cup or flowerpot in the middle of the Pet Loo, then remove it once your dog is comfortable using the Pet Loo.
Never put your Pet Loo in a washer or dryer or use chemical cleaners on the grass.Close
Yes. This setup is perfect for multiple pets, very large pets, or pets who need extra room to circle before using the Pet Loo. The Pet Loo has been designed so that two or more units can easily be placed next to one another to create the feel of a park.Close
You may need to do this in the crucial training stage, but please note that although your dog may be using the Pet Loo confidently, a sudden change may be confusing. Make sure that if you are moving the location of The Pet Loo, that your dog is introduced to the Loo’s new position promptly and in a positive manner. The Pet Loo is suitable for indoor and outdoor use.Close
While we have gone to great strengths to make Pet Loo grasses as durable and tough as possible, Pet Loo Grass will need replacing over time. This will depend on how often you clean the Loo, how many dogs are using it, and the Loo’s positioning. Average use will require replacement grass every 6-12 months.Close
Any activity other than toileting should not take place on or near the Pet Loo. Pets generally don't like to use the bathroom where they eat or sleep. This is why crate training works for puppies. Feeding your pet by the Pet Loo could cause your pet to stop using it.Close
You may want to purchase non-slip rubber dots or a non-slip mat if the surface you are putting your Loo on is a shiny/slippery surface.Close
We do not fasten the synthetic grass onto the base unit as the fasteners would act as a trap for bacteria. As a temporary solution, you can attach small velcro dots to the corners of the grass while your dog gets accustomed to the Loo.Close
Pet Loo grasses do not have finished edges because it would be a trap for bacteria. If the mat is cut on the tuft, it is normal for the grass to shed at the edges, just as a new carpet would. This should stop over time and is nothing to worry about in terms of the product’s effectiveness.Close
Although you may be following the cleaning instructions closely, every pet is different – and so is his pee! Age, gender, and diet all play vital roles in the waste your dog produces. So if you are finding that your Loo is starting to smell, consider a cleaning product such as Wee Care or Pet Pods.
Wee Care is an enzyme based solution designed to eliminate unwanted odors from your pet’s waste. It works by breaking down the fatty particles and proteins found in waste. Wee Care, like our entire enzyme cleansing range, is chemical free and 100% safe for people, pets, and the environment.
The revolutionary Pee Pod is a biodegradable container that fits neatly inside the waste container of the Pet Loo. When your pet’s urine touches the Wee Sponge powder, it solidifies into a gel, trapping liquids and airborne odors. The Pee Pod can hold about 2 liters of liquid. Simply throw out the pod and replace it with a new one every few days.Close
If you purchased one of the very original Pet Loos (circa 2006-2007), you will notice that it is 2 centimeters or less than an inch larger in both width and length. Replacement Grasses for these Loos are not always in stock at your local pet store. Call our Customer Care Center to request a special replacement.Close