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Has anyone used interlocking floor squares under their ex-pen? We're bringing home our little guy in a few days and we want to protect our hardwood floors. We thought maybe something like this would work: Amazon.com : Best Step Interlocking Comfort Flooring. 8 Pack plus Borders (2' x 2' x 3/8") (one Pack of 8 Tiles = 32 sq. ft.) Microban Protected, Charcoal Gray Foam Flooring. Thank you! : Home Improvement

Has anyone used this or something like this?

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Not a good idea. Liquid easily seeps down between the sections. I used just a vinyl floor remnant from Home Depot.

I use the locking mats in my training room, but that’s different. I don’t have to worry about dogs having accidents on it.


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Another vote for vinyl flooring remnants, I got enough to do at least 4 floors for Nico’s playpens for $20.
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I strongly recommend cotton hospital bed pads. (My breeder uses them) You can get large square pads and also 4'x 6' twin size. Washable. The pen holds the pad in place. NO liquids get through. Order enough to have an extra while doing the wash. Always sanitary, clean smelling and protects your floors, and the fabric breathes so the puppy is comfortable.

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I strongly recommend cotton hospital bed pads. (My breeder uses them) You can get large square pads and also 4'x 6' twin size. Washable. The pen holds the pad in place. NO liquids get through. Order enough to have an extra while doing the wash. Always sanitary, clean smelling and protects your floors, and the fabric breathes so the puppy is comfortable.
The problem is, that even though they protect the floor, it's easy for a puppy to get the idea that going on cloth is easy and comfy. I know SO many dogs who have been really, REaLLY difficult to train when started with hospital pads. I want something hard and non-pourous, that is easy to clean COMPLETELY. (without having to remove and put in the washing machine)


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BTW, the interlocking mats are WONDERFUL for a training surface. Here is my training room:
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Wow! What a great space! I wish we had room for something like that.

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The problem is, that even though they protect the floor, it's easy for a puppy to get the idea that going on cloth is easy and comfy. I know SO many dogs who have been really, REaLLY difficult to train when started with hospital pads. I want something hard and non-pourous, that is easy to clean COMPLETELY. (without having to remove and put in the washing machine)
I think the difference between having difficulty training, is when you allow the pad to be the potty place instead of using due diligence. Tux only had accidents on the pads when his bladder was so small. My first Havanese never peed in the house and had great bladder control even when she was a few months old. Tux had less control, but as his bladder grew, he could go longer and longer without a potty break. He has gone 9 to 10 hours (my fault) but will NOT go indoors. I have a rug that looks like thick white grass too. It's all in the training. As far as cleaning a hard surface versus a pad, I would rather my pup have his pee soak into one small spot, than spread around and be trotted through or laid in. Yuk.
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I think the difference between having difficulty training, is when you allow the pad to be the potty place instead of using due diligence. Tux only had accidents on the pads when his bladder was so small. My first Havanese never peed in the house and had great bladder control even when she was a few months old. Tux had less control, but as his bladder grew, he could go longer and longer without a potty break. He has gone 9 to 10 hours (my fault) but will NOT go indoors. I have a rug that looks like thick white grass too. It's all in the training. As far as cleaning a hard surface versus a pad, I would rather my pup have his pee soak into one small spot, than spread around and be trotted through or laid in. Yuk.
I am pretty darned sure that you were more diligent than most people are about potty training. So many people have SO much trouble, and I DO believe that it's a matter of putting the time and effort in... sooner or later. Just wanted to warn about what I've read here over and over and over. I think Tux would have gotten trained no matter WHAT you kept him on, because of your excellent training and attention to getting the job done.
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I am pretty darned sure that you were more diligent than most people are about potty training. So many people have SO much trouble, and I DO believe that it's a matter of putting the time and effort in... sooner or later. Just wanted to warn about what I've read here over and over and over. I think Tux would have gotten trained no matter WHAT you kept him on, because of your excellent training and attention to getting the job done.
It took quite an effort, but I had seen too many life-long ramifications from other pet owner's urine smelling homes.
If it gets into a subfloor through thin carpet, or worse, hardwood floors you can forget about it coming out. If owners must work all day, then I would recommend a laundry or bathroom, but insist the second they get home take the pup out every chance they can. Don't ever let the pup pee, if possible, while you have the ability to go outside, then happy dance, praise, treats, celebrate the grass thing. Make it soooo much fun!
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