Fake grass? What is it & how does it differ from reusable pads
An exploration of pee pads vs fake grass
How does fake grass hold up vs a pee pad? And which option is the best for you and your dog’s lifestyle?
For pup parents everywhere, artificial grass is becoming increasingly popular to use as a potty. That’s because there is a heap of potential benefits to both you and your pooch. Less upkeep, no watering, and mud-free year round compared with regular grass - it seems like a no brainer.
But can dogs pee and poop on artificial grass? How does fake grass hold up vs a pee pad? And which option is the best for you and your dog’s lifestyle?
We’re here to answer all your questions and concerns regarding fake grass for your dog, and whether a pee pad might be the simpler solution for you and your furry friend.
What is artificial grass?
Artificial grass is a synthetic alternative to natural grass. Sometimes called fake grass, or artificial turf, modern companies have managed to create products that are remarkably like the real thing. This turf can usually be installed in a variety of locations, whether it’s a garden, rooftops or even indoors!
Now down to business. How does fake grass stack up against a pee pad for dogs?
Fake Grass - The Pros For Dog Owners:
Resilience - Pets can be tough on traditional lawns. All that running, scraping, digging and poop can really ruin a lovely pristine lawn. Thankfully, a modern synthetic lawn, with the right construction elements, offers a combination of comfort and durability that can work well for dogs. Usually made from Polyethylene, Polypropylene or Nylon, these materials are super robust.
Drainage - Many people’s first concern with fake grass is whether or not dogs can pee and poop on artificial turf. For most brands, your dog’s number twos won’t damage it. Usually, fake turf features a permeable backing that allows fluids to drain effectively away. Some companies even offer dog-friendly features for extra absorption and draining.
PestFree - Artificial turf can be beneficial for your dog’s health, as it won't attract as many fleas, mites or ticks as natural grass would.
Safety - Fake laws are often less toxic than any form of chemically treated natural grass.
So what is there to consider about fake grass, that might make it unsuitable for some dog owners? Here are some potential cons that are worth thinking about.
Price - Artificial grass is expensive, especially if it’s done right and built specifically for dogs. If you are looking to replace a whole lawn, it could really start adding up!
Convenience - Cleaning artificial grass can be time consuming. Artificial turf can keep and hold odors that are difficult to eliminate. This means that dog owners will have to make time for hosing and cleaning, especially if it’s used regularly as your dog’s preferred potty place. Depending on your time schedule, this may be an extra chore you just don’t want!
Safety - We all know some dogs, especially puppies, can’t resist the urge to chew or lick surfaces, especially a newly installed one! This is typically safe with artificial grass, however older or imported artificial grass backings could be treated with lead. This is known to be harmful to people and our pets if ingested. This is why it’s important to choose lead-free, non-toxic artificial grass, made in the United States - which is nearly always the more expensive option.
Aesthetics - While we know it isn’t all about looks, some dog owners might be put off by the aesthetics of artificial grass. Especially if it is needed to cover a balcony or even an indoor space, if they do not own or have access to a garden. Cleaning artificial grass in these more awkward spaces may also be tricky.
CityLife - Many pup owners know that cities can be great places for dogs, full of enrichment. However, there are a few struggles - the struggle of good places to let your furry friend explore and play, or finding time in your limited schedule or the limited places for their pups to do their business. With the time intensive nature of cleaning artificial grass, and the awkward way it may look inside an apartment or balcony, it may not be the best option for these pup parents.
So how do pee pads matchup? Here's all the reasons we love them so much, and why we created Potty Buddy.
The Pros of Pee Pads For Dog Owners
Convenience - We created the Potty Buddy as a machine washable pee pad. That means it’s as simple as choosing the setting and hitting “go”. No long hours scrubbing or cleaning needed. Great for busy lifestyles and city dwellers alike. No odours hanging around until you have the time for a refresh either!
Senior Dogs and Puppies - Sometimes you simply can’t make it outside in time. Whether you’ve taken your eye off the ball for a second with a young pup, or your senior dog isn’t so great at letting you know they need to go. A pee pad offers a quick solution for you and your doggo.
Aesthetics - If you don’t have a garden, or live in an apartment building, you’ll know that pee pads are essential. We made ours with design in mind, our many varying colors and patterns mean you choose a pad that suits your home. The Potty Buddy also resembles a blanket, not a giant floor nappy (repeat after us: just say no to the giant floor nappy!) You can easily set your pad anywhere in the home. The main room, balcony, kitchen, or wherever else it feels the most convenient for you and your pup.
Eco-friendly - One great benefit to our reusable pee pad is that you will no longer be adding heaps of pads to landfill. The Potty Buddy is designed to stand the test of time, created from durable materials that last.
Cleanliness - Super absorbent and leak free, our pad means no more wet patches on your floors. Machine washable at a high temperature, they’ll always be fresh and clean, leaving no odours or nasty surprises.
Cost - A Potty Buddy is way more cost effective than disposable pads, and a much smaller investment than artificial grass. A reusable pad can be a great option for tight budgets, whilst still offering an outstanding service.
Safety - Created from lead-free, dog-safe materials, with anti-slip technology the Potty Buddy is 100% safe for all doggos. It’s still snuggly too!
So there you have it - pee pads vs fake grass. We hope this guide helps you find the right potty solution for your dog and your lifestyle. Whether you have a Potty Buddy, fake grass or even both - we’re sure you’ll be a potty training champion.
If you need any assistance, don’t forget to check out our Potty Training Boot Camp for a fun way to master the fundamentals and keep your home clean.
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