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Potty Training Advice Requested

Hi All,

our little guy is 6 mths old and completely potty trained -- he pees and poops outside. we live in a rural area of california that gets a lot of rain. and we took our little guy outside this morning in the rain for the first time this morning, and he hated it. so we'd like to transistion him to pee pads. the only problem i that he won't use the traditional pee pads -- you know, the disposable ones with the scent -- he either drags them around the house or chews them up.

does anyone have a suggestion on how we can get him to pee and poop in the house on a pad?

j.

p.s.

he doesn't potty on grass either -- as mentioned, we live in a rural area, so he pees and poops outside, but not on a lawn.

j.
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Hi j.! First I should say I have no idea. But I just wanted to say hi anyways! I live in northern, Ca. in a smaller city--sorta rural. Even though we have a fenced back yard and grass to potty on, mine can be very fussy about walking on wet grass! This morning is the first hard rain, so I have the raincoats, the umbrellas, and a pee pad on the floor. During my shower the "kids" got ahold of the pee pad and it has a tear and was dragged under the kitchen table. I have one on the floor JIC, because the boys were trained to pads as puppies and the girls are rescues so I don't know fully what their backgrounds were. I tried this last year and one peed ONCE on the pad, and one pooped ONCE on the pad and I never did figure out who it was! For the most part they still go outside, but with the rains they will sometimes choose the woodchips, the weedcloth, or even the patio to go on and I'm ok with that, as long as it's not my carpet!
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We use ugodog so our boys can't get to the pads. Maybe that can work for you too? My sister uses the wizdog which is a little cheaper.
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There are trays you can buy for the poddy pads that make them "secure". We have one...bought it at PetSmart. It holds the pad down and they are less likely to tear it up and pull it around. Works for us!

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thanx everybody! i'll let you know if we have success and if it works. we're off to get a rain coat in a bit. my friends think i'm nutz -- "a rain coat for a dog! ARE YOU CRAZY?!" on the other hand anything that i can do to help my pup feel like a welcomed part of our family, i'm for it

good buddy, where are you in nor cal? i'm in santa cruz, and it's coming down in buckets here!
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thanx everybody! i'll let you know if we have success and if it works. we're off to get a rain coat in a bit. my friends think i'm nutz -- "a rain coat for a dog! ARE YOU CRAZY?!" on the other hand anything that i can do to help my pup feel like a welcomed part of our family, i'm for it

good buddy, where are you in nor cal? i'm in santa cruz, and it's coming down in buckets here!
Haha! If that's crazy, you'll find alot of crazy people around here! I'm in Ukiah Ca. Sure wish you were closer, we don't have many Havanese here.
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I am not going to try to talk you out of switching but you could try conditioning him to rain. Yes most dogs ,mine included don't like a heavy downpour but will tolerate a light drizzle. You just have to take him out in a light drizzle for half a minute then a minute and slowly increase the time. It helps to play and be jovial to take their mind off the rain. Keep in mind that most dogs do not like clothes and putting a rain coat on him will only increase his anxiety towards rain. I thought that it hardly rains in California. ? LOL

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good buddy, i wish you were closer too! i'm having a hard time finding many people who a) have a hav or b) have a small dog and care about them in the way that i care about my baby. it would be wonderful to have someone close by to commiserate with

dave and Molly, he doesn't mind going out in a light rain -- but we get down-pours here. today's rain total is expected to be somewhere between 8" and 12". this morning when he came in, he looked like he'd been dumped in a bucket of water.

i don't think he'll mind the slicker -- he likes it when i put other pieces of clothing on him -- he actually dances around in a happy fashion when i pull them out. so i know this isn't torture for him. if it were, I surely wouldn't do it.

thanx again everybody. i love all of the suggestions and am considering each of them. please keep them coming.

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Would it be possible to build a little shelter outside for your pup to go under during downpours?

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good to go outside!

We built a lean too with a tarp so they could go outside under the "tent." It is wonderful your dog only goes outside...I would try to keep it that way. Pee pads look too much like carpets.

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