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Thought on Litter boxes etc.
We had a very wet day on Sat., and as I saw the number of "pee spots" in Kodi's litter box pile up (because neither of us wanted to go out and get drowned) it made me wonder...
I read all the time about people on the forum who have Hav's that have accidents from time to time, some when they are well over a year old. I was wondering how many people who have an indoor alternative for their pups still have problems with accidents elsewhere?
While I know that dogs can be taught to "hold it" for a fairly long time, I'm sure it's uncomfortable, and little dogs have little bladders. Kodi can go when he wants, because he always has a litter box available to him. I have noticed that even when we go outside a number of times each day, there are still two or three wet spots in the litter box in a 24 hour period. Would these have been "accidents" if he didn't have a litter box? I suspect so.
He's also very quiet and private about his need to go. He doesn't advertise it... he quietly slips away and does it. I usually don't even know it has happened until I see the wet spot in the litter box. If I was depending on ALWAYS getting him outside, I'm sure I'd be missing some of the time, and from what I understand, the more "accidents" they have, the more they think it's OK to go in the house.
I suspect it doesn't matter what kind of indoor potty arrangement people have ... whether it's a litter box, pee pads, Ugodog, etc., I think what's important is that they have an alternative when they need to go and either can't, or don't want to go outside. I'm sure they can learn to use any of those arrangements.
Oh, another point. I know that many people withhold water from their dogs after a certain time in the evening, or while they are crated overnight. I guess this works, but as someone who has worked with many other species, for me, it goes against the grain to EVER withhold water. Because Kodi has a litter box in his ex-pen, and his crate is attached to the ex-pen (and that's where he sleeps) he has access to his water whenever he wants. I don't have to worry about crack of dawn pee-runs either. If I decide to sleep in on the weekend, he just uses his litter box. I usually wake up when I hear him playing with his toys. (he doesn't bark then either)
Since I only have a sample size of one dog, I'd be interested in the thoughts of other forum people, both with and without indoor potties for their pups.
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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