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Indoor potty training and using a pan with a grate

I do not have my puppy yet, but have been preparing. I plan to do indoor potty training so I bought a pan with the grate on top. Is that the type that is used most? It seems like it might be uncomfortable for the puppy to stand on. Can someone comment about this?? Thanks.
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Most of my litter boxes have grates. None of my dogs have any problems with the grates.


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Louis used it initially, but then decided he liked it better as a bed.
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I worried about that, too, when I went from the Ugodog to the Blyss. It had more holes in it, and I wondered if it would hurt Zumba’s paws. No, she had no problem with the grate at all. More with its size, since it was smaller than the Ugodog, but now she uses them interchangeably. It’s whichever one is closer. And, yes, she’s used it as a bed, too, though these days it’s the toy box that she’s more inclined to run away to, to sleep, or to chew on her favorite treat or toy.
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I would think that you did not like the litter pan used as a bed!! Doesn't the grate get messy with poop??
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I would think that you did not like the litter pan used as a bed!! Doesn't the grate get messy with poop??
If the dogs' poop is normal, it just sits on top, and you can pick it up with a kleenex and put it in the toilet with no mess left behind. If someone has loose stools, which rarely happens in our house, but of course it can, you do need to spray the grate down. In decent weather, I take it outside and use the garden hose. In the winter, I use a shower that we really don't use, then rinse the shower stall with some diluted bleach. But this is MAYBE a 2-3 time a year thing, It is NOT a common occurrence.


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I would think that you did not like the litter pan used as a bed!! Doesn't the grate get messy with poop??
Oh, and sleeping on it tends to be a puppy thing. They grow out of that pretty quickly. Puppies sleep in all sorts of strange places!


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I've used artificial grass and grates. Patti had no problem switching from the stinky artificial grass to trays with grates. She uses a number of different potty trays and easily transitions from one to the other.

You want poop soft but firm. :-) That's the goal. If the poop is firm it's easy to pick up with a tissue. If very soft you'll need to wipe it off the grate and when changing the pad or pellets you can rinse it off. No Big Deal!

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