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There are a few threads on indoor potty training, and I am a huge fan. I really regret that I didnít prioritize it. My puppy was indoor trained on paper, which didnít work well for our family. I almost didnít continue indoor training but we had a lot of snow that year so I ended up going for it a little late in the game and we were lucky he took to it right away. I was able to switch him to the pine pellets recommended here pretty easily.

He did so well that when summer came we were complacent about practicing. He was almost a year old and never waking us up early in the morning, and he was doing well going outside. When the snow first melted, we kept practicing at least once a day along with outdoor potty because during the school year it was so convenient to take him to the indoor potty first thing in the morning. Eventually we just forgot to practice, but it wasnít a day or two here and there, it was over the course of the whole summer.
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Thanks. Where do I get pine pellets? Is that easier to clean up than a paper wee wee pad? Do you use a pan with a grate with the pellets?
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There is a lot of past information about Indoor Potty Training you'll find helpful. Check out the past posts. If you're going to do indoor potty training, don't train the puppy to go outside until she/he is fully trained where to go potty inside the house. They will automatically want to go outside later.

I have tried almost every potty tray there is and currently have three different types. Many people on this forum who have trained their dogs to use a potty tray inside the house (Indoor House Training) use Equine Horse Pellets in the trays instead of puppy pads. Why? Because puppy pads smell after a dog pees on it. It's not a big problem for a tiny puppy but as they grow it becomes worst. You can switch back and forth depending on the convenience. For that reason the potty tray I would recommend is Blyss Klean Paws on Amazon. It's deep enough for the Equine Horse Pellets and easily snaps closed on the ends. You can, also, put puppy pads inside it. It's small and works well for puppies. I even use it for my adult dog who is 12-14lbs.

I would not buy a Play Pen that is used for children. Check out past forums on Ex-Pens for some great ideas.

Toy dogs tend to her harder to housebreak than large dogs. Havanese are very!!!! smart and my dog was easily trained to a potty tray. At first, I tried outdoor housebreaking because that's what I'd always done but I soon gave that up as puppies tinkle and poop ALL the time. Taking her out every 30 minutes or hour was exhausting and she'd still tinkle or poop on the potty tray when I brought her back in. So, I focused on Indoor House Breaking. We have small condo in the mountains where we stay in the summer and have no yard. I'm so! glad Krandall encouraged me to stick with Indoor House Breaking ... I don't have to worry about bad weather or not wanting to take Patti for walk when I don't have time for don't want to do it or if we go out for the day or evening. She has a place to Do Her Job ...

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Here is a Photo of the Bylss Klean Paw Potty Tray.
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Thanks. Where do I get pine pellets? Is that easier to clean up than a paper wee wee pad? Do you use a pan with a grate with the pellets?
Atwoods, Tractor Supply Stores, Hardware stores, etc.

No it is not easier to clean up than puppy pads. You don't have to empty the tray as often. Try both.

You will want a grate on top of the tray.
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I think careful training may work well... these dogs seem to train easily. We gated off our upstairs for about 6 months, while he was a puppy, and now that he is reliably housebroken, he is allowed upstairs but won't go! He seems to "feel" he is not allowed up there. Early imprinting! He sits at the base and whines for us to come down, but will not go up.

Good luck. In the past, I have seen dogs outwit electronic systems, also break thru them if they really want to... I would go the training route.
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In the past, I have seen dogs outwit electronic systems, also break thru them if they really want to... I would go the training route.
I forgot about this issue. This happens and once they go through the Fence ... they won't come back through it.
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Great information. Thank you. One more question -

what about overnight? I was told to put my puppy into a crate (kennel) just small enough to sleep in (this is suppose to train the dog to hold it until the morning), but that does not leave enough room for a potty. How did you handle this?
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I could not find Equine horse pellets on Amazon but I did find Slogans Indoor Dog Litter - The Revolutionary Indoor Dog Litter.
Do I have to worry about my puppy trying to eat the pellets?
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