Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Southwest Washington
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 22 Times in 21 Posts
Welcome to the forum! And good luck on your search. I am going to offer a differing opinion on the winter training issue. While we don't have the cold/snow issues that you in Canada would, we do have rain - LOTS of rain. We also have an unfenced yard where other dogs sometimes roam through. We brought Augie home a few days before Christmas. We did not want him anywhere where stray dogs had been until he had all his immunizations. He came from the breeder with a good start on being paper trained. We continued that for quite awhile (he tore the pee pads to shreds). Then when I learned about the UgoDog (a tray with a grated top, newspaper or pee pad under the grate), we transitioned him to that fairly easily. There are others on the forum - Tom King comes readily to mind - who train their puppies from the beginning to a litter box. There is also a tray out there that has a fake type grass on the top. Augie did not go potty outside for several months. He also trained quite easily. I know there are those who have strong opinions that their dog will be trained to potty outside from the beginning. But having done it the way we did with the results we got, when we get another pup, we will do it again the same way.
I might add that after he was about 8-9 months of age (he is now 2 yrs), he has gone potty outside. We have left the UgoDog out for him 'just in case' but he doesn't seem to use it - he will just hold it until he is taken out. He goes out on a schedule or I watch him for 'hints'. So, even though you might start them inside, it doesn't have to remain that way forever. Though I did find it much easier just just let him run to his UgoDog when he had to go. :-)
Linda, Augie & Finn's Mom
Last edited by motherslittlehelper; 11-29-2010 at 11:27 AM.
Reason: Add comment