Most dog owners loathe the wet and cold weather as it can often mean little accidents around the house. In all fairness, we wouldn’t like to stand out in the freezing cold or pouring rain to take care of business, so it’s not hard to understand why our dogs don’t either.
This DIY real grass dog toilet will be a savior during those winter months. Supplies will cost around $20 and it will take around 20 minutes to finish your project.
DIY real grass dog toilet
- Strip of turf – choose a hardy turf that grows well in the shade (We selected Sir Walter Buffalo, $6.48 piece)
- Garden soil (dig up from your own garden or purchase a bag. We paid $2.50.)
- Tray large enough to suit the size of your dog to comfortably do their thing. And with sufficient depth to ‘plant’ the turf. (We purchased a BBQ drip tray – $9.99)
- Screwdriver and hammer or drill (to pierce holes in tray)
- Spade or shears (to cut turf)
- Optional: handy husband for assembly (big thanks to our human dad for completing this project for us)
Note: we have double quantities in the photo above as we made two trays (one for each dog).
- Pierce holes in tray for drainage – a drill makes light work of this or a hammer and screwdriver will also do the job.
- Roll out the piece of turf and use empty tray as a template to cut the turf to fit the shape of the tray.
- Place a layer of garden soil in the tray – we filled our tray about two-thirds full. Level soil with spade.
- Add the turf on top and press it down firmly (hint: walk on it).
- Add dog and let the magic happen ?
We completed steps one and two on our lawn as cutting the turf can be quite messy. Assembly of the grass toilet (steps 3 and 4) was done in the final location of the toilet – under the roof of our back patio.
Note: as the turf will require watering, ensure it is placed in a spot that has adequate drainage.
- Lightly hose the turf to allow it to settle in.
- Store your poop scooper close by to clean as you go.
- Ensure the grass is watered regularly to promote growth.
- Trim with grass snippers or a whipper snipper as required.
Does your dog resist the cold and wet weather at toilet time? Do you have any toileting tips to share – perhaps a good method for cleaning up accidents? ?