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Review Of Purina Second Nature Dog Litter

I found out about the Second Nature dog litter made by Purina when I got my lhasa apso puppies Chester and Roxie.  I had previously raised two other lhasa apso dogs who spent most of their lives living in high-rise condominiums. Instead of having to take them down an elevator to go outdoors to eliminate all the time, I trained them to use newspapers in a spare bathroom. Since they were both initially paper trained as puppies anyway, I chose to continue this indoor apartment dog house training method for them. Indoor newspapers worked quite well for the rest of their lives as my dogs were able to go to the bathroom whenever they needed to.

The only problem is that the papers tended to get rather messy and smelly. If plastic liners were not placed underneath the papers, newsprint ink would be imprinted on the ceramic tiles of my spare bathroom floors. On some occasions, urine puddles would flow off the papers as well as the liner resulting in situations which required immediate cleaning since urine became trapped between the plastic liner and the floor.

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Despite these complications, I was relatively satisfied with the paper method for my little dogs.  After both of my first two dogs had passed away after long lives, I took a break as a dog owner for several years. When it was time to become dog owner again, I had made up my mind to train my new pair of lhasa apso puppies to use papers indoors as well. This time, it turned out that Purina had come out with a new litter box system called Second Nature designed for specifically for dogs.

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Purina Second Nature Dog Litter

It was basically modeled after similar setups for cats but the dog litter consists of large pellets made up of recycled newsprint. Purina also introduced a litter box that has one side cut away lower to facilitate easy entry for dogs. I'm not totally convinced on the advantage of this particular feature since my lhasa apsos have no problems stepping into the box from the side. But for Purina to introduce such a system to the market, I must not have been the only dog owner who considered indoor elimination a better alternative to outdoors for smaller breeds. The product is now very popular especially among small dog owners living in apartments and high-rise condominiums without easy access to outdoors.

In my mind, the dog litter box system is less messy since all dog urine and feces stay inside the box. Actually the Second Nature pellets absorb urine much better than normal newspapers.  The only complication I observed with the pellets is that both puppies liked to chew and eat them at times. Purina claims that ingestion of the pellets itself is not harmful to the dogs since they are just compressed papers. This will result in more feces production until the dogs can stop this habit. The dog litter is non-clumping so it will not get stuck inside the canine digestive system unlike normal clumping cat litter. It is considered unsafe to use clumping cat litter as a substitute for the Purina dog litter. Eventually, both of my dogs grew out of this habit anyway.

How I Use Second Nature Dog Litter

Purina Second Nature was launched only in the United States so as a Canadian resident, I had to go down to the U.S. to purchase the system. I started out with Purina's cat and small animal litter called Yesterday's News which is basically the same as Second Nature except the pellets are much smaller. But at least the Yesterday's News pellets are non-clumping and therefore safe to use for dogs.  

I tried other brands of dog litter but never thought any of them were as good as Second Nature, especially in terms of absorption ability and odor control.  I would definitely recommend the Purina Second Nature dog litter system to other dog owners.  I just hope that Purina makes the sensible decision to bring the product to Canada especially since the dog litter is actually made in New Brunswick (Canadian province).  In the meantime, I'll use Yesterdays News and buy Second Nature whenever I have a road trip to the U.S.

For information on how to actually train your puppy to use a dog litter box system such as the Purina and others in the market, go to Potty Training Dog Information.

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