Dog Toilet

zenpotter(z4 MN)April 13, 2009

Got your attention didn't I.

I have a puppy and am designing a garden area for him. He is already trained to go in one small area. I want to dig down and put rocks/pebbles in the area to make it easier to clean up. He is a minature poodle I need to get the right kind for little feet.

Can anyone tell me what to get? I have googled it and gotten a list of ideas, none that jump out at me. I do like the look of potato stones, but have never seen them around here.

If you are surprised that I have a miniature poodle I am too. He is a rescue dog and it is a long story.

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crocosmia_mn(z4)

Pea gravel seems extra appropriate.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2009 at 4:11PM
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zenpotter(z4 MN)

Given the play on words it probably is.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2009 at 6:16PM
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crocosmia_mn(z4)

Seriously though, I know that our larger dog would not like to have rocks underfoot. Maybe there is dark sand or very small pebbles that would work. Maybe some fine gravel used in fish tanks? You can buy this in large bags at places like "World of Fish". Let me know what you find that works and doesn't look atrocious, because we would like to make a similar area.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2009 at 8:32AM
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zenpotter(z4 MN)

We went out looking yesterday and haven't decided what to get yet. We may just buy one or two kinds of gravel/sand and try them out.

I asked the dog trainer we go to and she uses wood mulch for her dogs, but she has big dogs with short coats. We had straw out for him to keep dry and have less mud on him when it was thawing. He came in with so much straw stuck on him we had almost as much straw in the house as outside.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2009 at 9:21AM
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leaveswave(.)

Fran Kiesling might still be operating Dirty Dog Landscape Consulting & Design. You can probably google for interviews with her and glean some quick info that way.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2009 at 9:43AM
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zenpotter(z4 MN)

Thanks, I googled her and she suggested wood mulch, pea gravel and river rock. She also suggested trying out different things to find out what your dog likes.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2009 at 10:24AM
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hostaheaven-618

I know exactly what you are describing when you say you had as much straw in the house as outside. We had a little yorkie that we called velcro dog because everything stuck to his fur. We made a special area in the yard for him and used small pine nuggets. It worked great, he didn't mind walking on it at all - he was kind of particular - and very little of it got tracked back into the house. Good luck. Rescue dogs are the best!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2009 at 2:15AM
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zenpotter(z4 MN)

Small pine nuggets? What are they?

Yes poodles seem to be made of velcro as well. Yesterday I had him outside with me and what a mess to clean him up when it was time to go in.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 8:12AM
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