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Potty Patch

The fake grassy surface of the Potty Patch. The fake grassy surface of the Potty Patch.
A gray insert allows liquid to flow to the catching container. A gray insert allows liquid to flow to the catching container.
Ella is not a fan of the Potty Patch, and never uses it. Ella is not a fan of the Potty Patch, and never uses it.
Dixie is a bit nervous, but uses the Potty Patch for her business. Dixie is a bit nervous, but uses the Potty Patch for her business.
The male Yorkie has no trouble using the Potty Patch. The male Yorkie has no trouble using the Potty Patch.

Written by Lauren Keith - bio | email
Edited by Jeff Jumper - bio | email

JACKSON, MO (KFVS/KPLC) – The potty patch is a bunch of plastic grass that for use indoors to train your pup from doing his business on your floors or furniture.

Shelley McNallen is the owner of Ella, a Maltese.  Shelley says that Ella is, "for the most part, potty-trained, except when it rains or snows."

When Shelley spotted this product, she wanted to test it right away.  The assembly is simple; just place the tiers on top of one another.  The top is the green fake grass, the middle is a grate that supposedly keeps the grass dry while allowing any liquid to filter through and collect in the very bottom tray.  A note though, the fake grass makes quite a mess when you first put this together.  The unit also says it's washable.

Getting Ella to use it does not go so well.  She's almost afraid to step on it.  So, the Potty Patch is moved to Ella's favorite little place where she has accidents when she's not supposed to.  Ella is placed on the Potty Patch and immediately runs off.

After a few weeks pass to let Ella get used to the Potty Patch, we check for results.

Shelley says, "She's completely ignored it."

The McNallen's tried all kinds of things to lure her to the Potty Patch, and they're pretty disappointed with their results.

Shelley explains her disappointment, "I was hoping that when we travel and we are in a hotel and we can't get her outside, it would be a tool for that."

It looks like Ella prefers her pet door and the great outdoors, even when it's wet outside.  One benefit though, she hates the Potty Patch so much she stopped having accidents in her favorite spot now occupied by the Potty Patch—she just won't go near it.

In order to be fair with our results, we took the potty patch to another tester with three little dogs.  Lisa McBride placed the potty patch by the door in her home, and right away she says one of the Yorkies used it.

"It seems to work pretty well for them," says Lisa.

The youngest dog, a Pomeranian pup named Dixie, is still the most timid around it.  But when Dixie is placed on top of the fake grass, she does her thing with no trouble.  It's no big deal for one of the other Yorkies, as caught on tape.  So it seems the Potty Patch can work, if your dog digs it.  Lisa also thinks this could save you some money in the long run.

"It would probably save quite a bit instead of buying puppy pads all the time.  Those are expensive," explains Lisa.

So as long as your dog can get used to the feel of fake grass under his paws or has a good aim, the potty patch earns a YES for this week's "Does it Work?" test.  And by the way, a hose & wash with a hang dry works well for easy clean up.

If you'd like to buy one, we found the price online generally ranges between $40-70 depending on size.

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