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I Tested ‘DoggieLawn’ Indoor Grass To See If It Would Get My Dog To Stop Peeing On The Couch

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

Hi everyone, Ileana here. We’ve met before. I’m the girl who tries all the fascinating products (like Thinx period panties) and lifestyle hacks (like drinking pickle juice).

Sometimes, I get my friends and family to participate in my weird “experiments,” and other times I do them on my own. My favorite experiments all have one thing in common: my dog! You’ve met Bella before, too. She tested out a treat-throwing camera (which she loved), a doggy DNA test (which she didn’t really love), and a shed-reducing leotard (which she didn’t exactly love, but it looked hilarious).

Bella is a rescue dog — my boyfriend and I adopted her a few years ago from a shelter.

She was a year old when we got her. Unfortunately, as is the case with many rescue dogs, she had some unusual behaviors when we first adopted her.

She had severe separation anxiety, which meant she was super destructive whenever we left her alone. Bella’s previous owners hadn’t trained her at all — she wasn’t really housebroken, she only ate human food, and she didn’t know any commands.

Luckily, Bella’s a smart little mutt. She quickly started eating dog food, mostly did her business outside, and after a few weeks of puppy classes, she had learned a whole bunch of tricks!

Obviously, she still had accidents from time to time, but they were few and far between. That said, our clever little pup had picked up another trick: peeing on the couch when we were out. Because Bella knew she shouldn’t pee on the couch (she never did it when we were home), we knew it was related to her separation anxiety. No matter what we tried, she couldn’t (or wouldn’t) kick this bad habit.

Eventually, we had to start putting a cage around our couch so she couldn’t get on it. When we moved and got a new couch, we were hesitant to let Bella on it. Much to our surprise, she didn’t start peeing on the couch… until we’d lived there for more than a year.

While our previous couch had been 20+ years old and falling apart at the seams, our new couch was recently purchased. We were not about to let Bella get back into the habit of peeing on the couch.

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We tried making sure to take her out more often, just in case she was peeing on the couch out of necessity. We even started putting out pee pads when we left the house! Nothing worked. We immediately put up the couch cage and started looking for solutions.

That’s when I heard about DoggieLawn, which is “a subscription service for busy dog owners who want nothing but the best for their pet. For one low price, your dog gets a never-ending supply of fresh dog potty grass, and you get the satisfaction of knowing your dog can ‘go’ when they want — day or night, rain or shine.”

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I knew I had to test it out. Unlike pee pads or fake grass, the real grass from DoggieLawn doesn’t stink, it lasts for weeks, it’s low-maintenance, and it’s great for the environment!

And if you’re thinking, “Why can’t I just go to a garden store and buy some sod?” I get it. I thought the same thing. Well, here’s the answer: Unlike sod, DoggieLawn is soil-less, so it won’t get dirt all over your apartment. It’s also about half the weight of sod, so it’s easier to lift and move around your home.

Because I live in a small NYC apartment and Bella weighs about 18 pounds, I ordered the medium size. This size starts at $29.

DoggieLawn can be used for a number of doggy issues. It’s great for training puppies, helping injured/elderly dogs feel independent, and just generally keeping your house clean.

A quick peek at the DoggieLawn Instagram shows that many people like to put DoggieLawn on their balconies, which is a great solution for people who live in high-rise buildings.

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When my box of grass arrived, Bella was immediately intrigued. Even before I brought it upstairs to my apartment, when it was still in the lobby of my building, Bella knew the box was for her.

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When I opened the box and set up the DoggieLawn inside, Bella seemed very confused. I don’t think she understood why there was grass inside our apartment. While she examined the grass, I looked at the other items in the box — instructions, plastic gloves, poop bags, pheromone spray, and a large plastic tray for the grass.

doggielawn stuff
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Since many people use DoggieLawn to potty train their puppies, the pheromone spray is hugely important — it encourages your dog to pee in that spot. Bella is already potty trained, so I wasn’t too concerned about her figuring out what the grass was for, but I sprayed the little bottle all over the grass anyway.

The next day, I left for work and hoped for the best. Normally, I book daily walks for Bella through Wag, but it was raining (Bella HATES the rain), so I decided to forgo the walk. I crossed my fingers that Bella would use the DoggieLawn to relieve herself instead of going elsewhere in our apartment (i.e., the couch).

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When I returned home, I was pleasantly surprised to find my house totally clean. Over the next few days, it became increasingly obvious that Bella was using the DoggieLawn anytime she had to relieve herself.

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Overall, I was impressed with DoggieLawn — and Bella! That said, I was worried that the grass wouldn’t survive long in my apartment.

I kept it moist by sprinkling water on it regularly. The grass lasted way longer than I expected. I still have the patch of grass in my apartment now, and it’s definitely been more than a few weeks.

Because DoggieLawn is a subscription service, you can sign up for grass deliveries however often you need them. DoggieLawn offers a number of (FREE) delivery options: every week, every two weeks, every three weeks, or every four weeks.

Depending on how often your dog uses the grass and what the climate in your home is like, you may need deliveries more or less often.

doggielawn box
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Like any subscription service, DoggieLawn renews automatically, so you don’t have to set reminders for yourself to reorder. If you find that you no longer need DoggieLawn, you can cancel anytime!

bella outside
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So here’s my final take on DoggieLawn:

It’s great! The only downside is the price — $29 every week adds up quickly. That said, if you replace it every few weeks, it’s really not that much. Plus, it’s better for the environment than fake grass and pee pads, it doesn’t smell at all, and it lasts a long time.

If you’re always looking for potty solutions for your favorite four-legged friends, you should definitely give DoggieLawn a try!