Why Artificial Turf Is so Bad

Updated On: Friday, April 28, 2023 12:56:19 PM America/Los_Angeles

One of the most common reasons dog owners look for indoor dog bathrooms is the convenience factor. Whether you are tired of getting up at 4 AM to let your dog out, or you need somewhere your dog can take care of business while you’re gone at work, there’s no question that potty training your dog to use an indoor potty has many upsides.  
Of the many choices available to you, we’re going to discuss one in particular in this post: the fake grass pee pad. This type of pet potty is made with a patch of artificial turf that is placed in a tray. While this may not seem altogether different than a fresh grass patch--they both look like grass, after all--real grass can offer multiple benefits that fake grass cannot. Below we discuss three issues that differentiate artificial turf from fresh grass: odor, cleaning, and sustainability.  
A major issue that both you and your dog will notice about fake grass is the smell. Because they are made with porous materials, the blades of grass in the artificial turf will get smelly over time, even with regular cleaning. 
Which brings us to the next problem--upkeep. We know that convenience is a huge driving factor in how you choose a pee pad for your pup. Unfortunately, even if the fake grass pad is designed to have liquids drain into a tray, they will require daily cleaning. Not only does this situation get stinky if you don’t do this regularly, the pad can harbor germs. A fresh grass patch resolves both these issues because you receive a fresh patch of real grass with a subscription to services like DoggieLawn!
A final distinction between a fake and real grass pet potty is sustainability. While artificial grass is made with plastic, real grass pads are eco-friendly. Our real grass pads are entirely biodegradable and urine is broken down by natural harmless microbes found in grass. In addition, artificial grass emits VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), or chemical fumes, which are not only bad for the environment but for humans and dogs as well. 
If you’re looking for a natural alternative to fake grass pee pads, check out our unique indoor dog potty