An Indoor Pet Loo for your convenience
It's time to take your puppy for a walk but you can't get home because you are working late. When you finally get home there's a 50-50 chance you'll find a "present" waiting for you on the living room carpet (my dogs love seeing my surprised face). If your pet has a very regular routine and your boss doesn't, a new product from the US dubbed "Backyard in a Box" may be your new best friend.
Officially called The Pet Loo, it's like a fancy litter tray for dogs and comes with an artificial grass surface, a nifty drainage system and no litter. Designed by a former veterinarian's nurse and social worker who worked with elderly dog owners, the Pet Loo is perfect for older or infirmed people who simply can't walk their pets anymore. Yet it's also potentially handy for flat-dwellers and people whose pets hate walking in the rain or snow. I fall into both categories (and work late a lot, too), so I introduced the Pet Loo to my five little dogs (two Chihuahuas, a Maltese, a Yorkie and a Shih Tzu).
The results? Mixed. One problem is that the Loo is 5 inches high; a couple of my miniature pets preferred to cock their leg on the side of the box instead of jumping on top of it. To avoid this, the distributors in the UK recommend that you place an upturned flower pot on the grass to give your dog something to cock his leg against. Also, the box is probably too bulky for some bathrooms (the MINI Wee is 26 inches by 26 inches, and the regular Loo is 32 x 32; they're designed to be large because most dogs need room for "the poop dance". I suspect the Loo, which sells for around £120, would work better with puppies who could be trained to use it and in homes with only one or two dogs. But it's sturdily made, very easy to drain and clean, and quite possibly a lifesaver for some pet owners with impatient dogs (and bosses).
If you are planning to get one for your puppy, then start to train them to use it as soon as you can. Older dogs may take a little bit more time to get used to it.
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