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Old 04-22-2010, 10:04 PM
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What material to use in potty area?

I'm going to build Reilly a 5' circle to go potty in to try to save the yard. What material would be best to put in the circle? I was going to use pea gravel (no pun intended) , but I read it's a trap for bacteria. Others have said to use sand, then pea gravel, then mulch.

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Old 04-22-2010, 10:09 PM
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Why not just use grass and limit her to that specific section of grass? That might be easier.
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Old 04-22-2010, 10:12 PM
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I would do bark mulch, a thick layer that's well drained. It hides the poop well so you can't notice if it's been cleaned or not, will break down in time or you can burn it, toss some out each time you pick up (it can be hard to pick the poop out anyway) and smells nice.

Gravel works but I found it got just as stinky in time and was harder on the lawnmower to deal with (the mulch would just break up and work into the lawn).

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I used the side yard until Annie came to live with us. Annie automatically goes into the backyard and right in the woods. It's a very nice spot for them to go, it's thick wooded and no one walks through there.

I didn't use anything to keep the side yard nice. I do pick up the poop everyday when Bailey did use that spot for the bathroom. If I had to pick a substance to throw down, it would be the pea gravel. I have a lot of land and very few neighbors, so keeping an area for the dog was not a problem.

The sand will get inbetween their paws and track into the house, the mulch is poisonious if they ingest it into their stomachs. However, my first choice would be the grass.
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I much prefer the side of the house that has the pea-gravel in the run area over the other side of the house that has the bark/mulch. I think they are both equal as far as holding onto any bacteria. The mulch/bark side stays much wetter for a long time after the rain and does start to smell.
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I'm going to build Reilly a 5' circle to go potty in to try to save the yard....
That is a novel idea & I've thought about doing something similar as well. But, if it's sectioned off, would you have to open a door or something for Reilly to get inside that circle every single time she has to potty?
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That is a novel idea & I've thought about doing something similar as well. But, if it's sectioned off, would you have to open a door or something for Reilly to get inside that circle every single time she has to potty?

No. I'm just using 4" landscape edging to keep the material confined to that area, no door necessary. I'm building it tomorrow and I will attach a picture.

I'm not sure how successful it's going to be with her. If nothing else it will turn into a garden area for my 7 year old daughter.
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We had the same idea - We build a specific area with pea gravel a year ago. But what can I say, Lilly really prefers the lawn!! We made SEVERAL unsuccessful efforts to train her to use that area, but she only loves to chew on the gravel and then goes to the grass to do her thing ... So I think CarolinaCasey's advice is not a bad one at all.

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I'm not having much luck so far. We walk right over to the spot, she sniffs then just sits. On the walk back to the house she just pees in the grass.
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