DOGGY BATHROOM $169
Let’s talk about doggy pee pads. I wish we didn’t need them – the great outdoors is the best place for all that! – but the pads can be a much-appreciated answer for the Yorkie on the 30th floor, the French Bulldog who won’t go out in bad weather, and the Bichon whose owner is recovering from surgery. Typically, though, this “solution” comes with an acceptance that the entire living space now feels like a doggy bathroom, with pee pads scattered across the floor.
Enter the Doggy Bathroom, which will be a game-changer in this arena. Looking a bit like a traditional kitty litter box, but with three high sides, it dramatically minimizes (and shields from view) the impact of indoor pottying, allowing owners to reclaim their living space and providing dogs with a bit of privacy, too!
The biggest benefit of those high sides, though, is that they give male dogs a place to lift their legs. The Doggy Bathroom gives the boys a target; a clipping system keeps the sides lined with pee pads that are designed to be absorbent enough to catch urine even when held vertical. Pads on the bottom soak up the rest – and even if the pads get kicked out of place, the single-piece molded-plastic Bathroom won’t allow urine to seep onto floors. (You can use any pads, but the ones sold by Doggy Bathroom are super absorbent and have an adhesive backing that helps secure them.)
Alternatively, you could also use the Doggy Bathroom with a dog-litter product on the bottom, and the adhesive pads on the sides (if needed for male dogs).
The big white box drops into a rubber base, which keeps the box from slipping or scratching floors. Also included in the price are 50 pee pads and two rails and six clips that help hold the pads on the interior vertical sides of the box.
Fantastic off-label uses we’ve seen so far include:
- Litter box for cats who kick out litter.
- Whelping pen for toy breeds.
Water bowl housing for puppies who love to splash in their bowls (last summer, WDJ Editor Nancy Kerns pressed the product into service this way, and credits its water-containment abilities for saving the not-waterproof laminate floor in her office).
The Doggy Bathroom is made in Canada and comes in two sizes. The original is 28″ x 20″ (and 16″ tall). The Mini (available in April) is 23″ by 18″ and 13″ tall. Any pads can be used, but if you like the extra-absorbent pads sold by Doggy Bathroom best, you can buy more from them by subscription. – K.C.