House training is possibly the most difficult thing to teach your canine. Not only is it challenging to train your dog, but it is also quite frustrating to clean urine and poop from different surfaces, like concrete. In these circumstances, it is critical to find a solution that should keep everyone happy.
An outdoor dog poop area (on concrete) is an excellent alternative to take care of this problem. In addition to cleanliness benefits, it also keeps your home smelling fresh. Similarly, you can build it anywhere, ranging from a large backyard to a tiny apartment balcony.
How to Build a Dog Potty Area?
The very first thing that you need to do is to define the space of the dog bathroom. Once you have finalized the right spot, you will need to make a boundary for the dog poop area. We will be using cinder blocks for this purpose because they are sturdy, beautiful, and weather-proof. Keep reading to learn how you can actually make a dog poop area for your furry companion.
- Cinder blocks
- Weed Inhibitor (a plastic lining that prevents the growth of weed)
- Nutrient-rich soil
- Sod grass
Create the Perimeter
For creating a demarcation between the dog bathroom and everything else, place the cinder blocks along the boundary. It’s highly recommended to use a string to ensure perfect alignment (straight lines) of the blocks. Alternatively, you can also use paint or chalk for this purpose.
Another thing that you should always keep in mind while making a dog bathroom is to create a slope. If there’s no natural incline to help your cause, you will have to raise the level on one side. It is important because you will have several pools around the potty if there is no angle. This will make it considerably difficult to clean the dog poop area.
Spread the Weed Inhibitor
Now, we need to apply the weed inhibitor that will create a barrier between the concrete and the grass. This plastic lining will keep the moisture out and the dirt in the dog potty. Spread it out loosely in the dog poop area. Make sure that it’s NOT too tight because the weight of soil and grass can damage such a lining.
Add the Soil
After the lining is properly laid, put the soil over it. Just like the cinder blocks, there’s no hard-and-fast rule for adding the soil. Simply pour it within the designated area leaving a few inches of space at the top for the grass.
When you are done with it, apply some water to the soil to introduce moisture in the area. DON’T saturate the soil completely because a little moisture is all that we need.
Lay the Sod over the Soil
Now that the soil is ready, it’s time to roll out the sods over the soil. We need to pack them tightly so that there is no space between the sods. Having said that, there should be no overlapping because the grass on top will not take root. Therefore, observe a lot of caution while laying the grass to get the desired results.
Roll the Sod
Once the sod is laid out, you need to roll it with a roller or rolling pin. This will help the grass to take root in the soil. You can also stand on top of the sod to make sure that the grass is well-embedded.
Water the Grass
The process of building a dog poop area is almost complete at this stage. You just need to spray some water on the sod to make it (and the soil) moist. Keep repeating this process until you are confident that the grass has actually taken root. Once you are satisfied, you can start training your canine companion to use the dog potty.
Maintenance Tips for a Dog Poop Area
The following are a couple of things that you must keep in mind when making a dog potty on concrete.
It is an essential part of an outdoor dog poop area and can be made from different materials. For example, you can use a plastic storage bin with holes or go for a wooden alternative. Irrespective of the material used, this is an important feature of a dog bathroom.
Yellowing of Grass
This will be a recurrent phenomenon because we have used real grass to make the dog potty area. For this reason, you should always have some spare grass to cover the affected areas.