Best Indoor Litter Boxes for Small & Large Dogs for 2019

Best Indoor Litter Boxes for Small & Large Dogs for 2019

  • 19 min read
  • Last Updated: 02/27/2019
  • Author: Jonathan Burton

Some dogs need to go to the bathroom indoors, whether it’s for health reasons or owner preference. We’ve chosen our favorite doggy litter box solutions. Most indoor potty dogs are smaller breeds and indoor dog potty solutions are generally geared for them but there are a few exceptions for larger dogs.

Click here to scroll down to see what things we look for
when choosing the best indoor litter box

PETMAKER Puppy Potty Trainer - The Indoor Restroom for Pets

3/10

3-layer system

Faux turf

Antimicrobial plastic

Difficult to keep clean

Turf easily becomes stinky

The tray is not convenient to empty

TYPE OF BED
Turf Pad Style
MATERIAL
Synthetic Plastic (Grass Mat) and Hard Plastic
SIZE
small (16” x 20” x 1.25”)
medium (20” x 25” x 1.25”)
COLOR CHOICES
1

Best Budget

PuppyGoHere Dog Litter Pan by Litter Box Training

6/10

Pan does not easily tip over

Best for small dogs

High sides encourage the dog to stay within the box

No protective grid over the pad to protect dogs’ feet from moisture

Some dogs do not like peeing in an enclosure

TYPE OF BED
Puppy Pad Tray Style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
small (20" x 15" x 5)
medium ( 24" x 20"x 5")
COLOR CHOICES
9

LitterMaid Automatic Multi-Cat Litter Box Self-Cleaning Scoop with Ramp

2/10

High walls

Paw cleaning ramp

Can scoop for up to 7 days

Suitable only for very small dogs

Few dogs will want to use an enclosed box

Waste receptacles are pricey

TYPE OF BED
Litter Box Style
MATERIAL
Plastic
carbon filter
SIZE
27” x 18” x 10”
COLOR CHOICES
1

Pet Gear Pro Pawty

5/10

Nylon tent-style walls to contain dog

Front opening for tray

Can be used with puppy pads or grass patches

The metal grid keeps pad in place

Can fold for storage

Add-on wall guards for male dogs

Flimsy structure

Only suitable for small dogs

Leaks may occur without the purchase of side guards

TYPE OF BED
Puppy Pad Tray Style
MATERIAL
Fabric
metal
plastic
SIZE
medium (25L x 25W x 25H)
large (35L x 28W x 28H)
COLOR CHOICES
2

Blyss Pets Klean Paws Indoor Dog Potty

6/10

Keeps paws dry

Puppy pads last longer

Easier cleanup

Protects floors

The grid may not work for dog’s claws

Not suitable for male dogs that need to pee against something

TYPE OF BED
Puppy Pad Tray Style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
21.5” x 16.5” x 1.2”
COLOR CHOICES
1

PetSafe Pet Loo Portable Indoor/Outdoor Dog Potty

6/10

Grass mat is easier to clean than some

The slanted base does not allow pet waste to stand

Urine is absorbed for odor control

Clips hold grass mat in place

Has urine attractant for training

Requires daily cleaning with hot water and enzyme cleaner weekly to sanitize grass mat

Add-on components can be costly

TYPE OF BED
Turf Pad Style
MATERIAL
Synthetic grass
plastic tray
sponge powder
SIZE
small (21” x 17” x 5”)
medium (24.5” x 24.5” x 5”)
large (33” x 33” x 5”)
COLOR CHOICES
1

Pet Time Grand Dog Toilet

6/10

Larger size for bigger dogs

Mesh protects paws from urine

The larger tray can spill

No clips to hold the unit together

Pads can be pulled out of the unit

TYPE OF BED
Puppy Pad Tray Style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
40 x 28 x 2
COLOR CHOICES
1

Sonnyridge Easy Dog Potty Training - Synthetic Grass - 3 Layered System

3/10

3-layer design

Anti-microbial grass

No clips holding the unit together

For very small dogs only

Grass is difficult to clean

TYPE OF BED
Turf Pad Style
MATERIAL
Synthetic grass
porous tray
plastic tray
SIZE
26 x 16
COLOR CHOICES
1

Dog Training Tray Potty Portable Puppy Pad Holder Pet Potty

5/10

High impact plastic

Vertical pillar for male dogs

Grid can easily be removed for cleaning

For small dogs only

Dogs may catch claws in the grid

Cheaper plastic may discolor and retain odor over time

TYPE OF BED
Puppy Pad Tray Style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
19.69 x 17.72 x 6.50
COLOR CHOICES
2

Collapsible Portable Pet Litter Box By Petlike

4/10

Sturdy nylon with reinforced edges

Portable

Great for emergencies or travel

Difficult to clean

Best for very small dogs or cats only

TYPE OF BED
Litter Box Style
MATERIAL
Nylon
waterproof PEVA
SIZE
15.7”x 11.8”x 5”
COLOR CHOICES
1

UGODOG Indoor Dog Potty

6/10

Grid top has 2 panels

Softer grid

Easier cleanup

Higher price point

Grid is not anchored to base pan

No solution for male dogs

TYPE OF BED
Puppy Pad Tray Style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
26.4" L x 19.1" W x 1" H
COLOR CHOICES
1

CatGenie Self Washing Self Flushing Cat Box

1/10

Self-cleaning bowl

Extremely difficult to take apart and clean

Glitchy, malfunctions frequently

Does not contain odors

TYPE OF BED
Litter Box Style
MATERIAL
Plastic
washable granules
rubber hoses
SIZE
19.25 x 16 x 24.5
COLOR CHOICES
1

IRIS Pet Training Pad Floor Tray

3/10

Hinged tray

Can be bent to have part of the tray against wall

Tray does not rest flat on the floor

No grate to separate feet from wet pad

Tray can leak

For small dogs only

TYPE OF BED
Puppy Pad Tray Style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
small (17x17)
medium (17 x 23.5
large (23.5 x 35.5)
COLOR CHOICES
4

BrilliantPad Self-Cleaning, Automatic Indoor Dog Potty

1/10

5-layer Pad Roll to absorb and seal odor

Biodegradable end caps

Low voltage

For small dogs only

Pad rolls are expensive

Pads do not absorb a lot of urine

High price point

TYPE OF BED
Puppy Pad Tray Style
MATERIAL
Plastic
paper pad
SIZE
34 x 24 x 6
COLOR CHOICES
1

Silver Paw Potty Patch Dog Potty

3/10

Self-contained urine system

Grooved plastic tray

Mat separates grass from urine tray

Synthetic grass pad is not porous

Nothing holds the grass down

Tray is not deep enough

TYPE OF BED
Puppy Pad Tray Style
MATERIAL
Synthetic grass
rubber tray
plastic
SIZE
27 x 2.5 x 17
COLOR CHOICES
1

Best Overall

LUCKYYAN Indoor Training Dog Potty Tray

7/10

Back wall & post for male dogs

Plastic grid

High walls on sides

Can be difficult to clean

Small dogs only

TYPE OF BED
Puppy Pad Tray Style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
small (18 x 14 x 9)
large (26 x 18 x 11)
COLOR CHOICES
1

Best Quality

Fresh Patch Disposable Dog Potty with Real Grass

7/10

Eliminates dog confusion about where to pee

Does not retain odors like fake grass

Environmentally friendly

Has to be replaced every 1-2 weeks

Box can leak

High price point

TYPE OF BED
Turf Pad Style
MATERIAL
Living grass
leak resistant cardboard container
SIZE
16x24
COLOR CHOICES
1

Premium Pet Dog Potty Pee Turf Grass

2/10

Drawer or Tray option

Antimicrobial grass

Difficult clean-up

No clips holding unit together

No layer separating grass from urine tray

TYPE OF BED
Turf Pad Style
MATERIAL
Plastic
synthetic grass
SIZE
20x25
COLOR CHOICES
5

PetSafe Piddle Place Indoor/Outdoor Dog Potty

4/10

Quick-drain spout for urine disposal

Porous rubber mat

Add-on products for enhanced training and use

Difficult clean-up

For small dogs only

Plastic mesh is dangerous

TYPE OF BED
Turf Pad Style
MATERIAL
Plastic
synthetic grass
SIZE
30 x 19 x 1.8
COLOR CHOICES
1

Dog Charge Indoor Training Dog Potty Tray

7/10

Thick sturdy non-toxic plastic

Non-skid feet

Plastic grid

For small dogs and puppies only

Back wall may leak onto floor if marked on the sides

TYPE OF BED
Puppy Pad Tray Style
MATERIAL
Plastic
SIZE
21 x 17 x 3
COLOR CHOICES
3

How to Choose a Dog Litter Box

Consider carefully your surroundings and how your dog will be trained. If you are in a very small space such as an apartment and your dog will need an indoor potty solution you will want to choose a solution that protects nearby furniture and floor surfaces. Some turf-pad style litter solutions can be used in tandem with enclosed litter boxes or puppy pads if this is a concern. Larger dogs will generally not want or be able to utilize small enclosed litter boxes so you will want to consider a turf pad style solution for them. Most of these are not suitable for solid dog waste and if your dog has loose stools or a runny butt, will be extremely difficult to keep clean.

We’ve narrowed our reviews into several categories for dog litter box solutions:

Turf Pad Style: Faux or real grass pad with a tray below to collect urine

  • These are extremely popular for all dog sizes and can be used indoors or outdoors
  •  Can be combined with a large enclosure
  • Can be used for large or small dogs.

Puppy Pad Tray Style: A tray with or without an enclosure for puppy pads

  • May include a grid above pads to keep feet dry.
  • Will need a supply of puppy pads changed out daily
  • Easier to clean

Litter Box Style: Similar to the pillow bed, but with raised edges or a nest-style

  • Generally best for smaller dogs
  • May require extensive training to teach a dog to use
  • Many dogs do not like traditional litter boxes

Turf pad style solutions can be difficult to clean if loose dog poop gets into the grass and dries. They are generally best for potty use only and will likely need to be replaced frequently because they retain odors. Buying fresh grass pads is an easier solution but also will retain more of the dog’s waste. Faux grass and real grass alike can shed and end up outside of the pad. Most turf solutions will need to be modified for male dogs with a plastic wall for them to pee against. Artificial turf solutions will typically retain odors far more than real grass.

Puppy pad tray style solutions are easier to keep clean but not very environmentally friendly. With proper use, you will use fresh pads every day. The puppy pad tray should have a tray deep enough to not spill out and should not have seams or hinged points where any liquid waste can spill out. We like pad tray solutions such as the Luckyyan Indoor Dog Training Potty that have high sides, a grid to protect the dog’s feet from a soiled pad, and options for male dogs to pee against.

The classic litter box solution is not as attractive to dogs as it is to cats, and due to the size and mechanics of these solutions, they are best for smaller dog breeds. Dogs do not always cover the same way cats do and the litter can be easily tracked out of the box and around. Male dogs may want to pee against something and might miss the box entirely. Automatic litter solutions are not generally appropriate for solid dog waste.