A dog trainer I recently contacted told me that he will not do indoor potty training because he does not believe it works successfully. By this He means that it is not reliable and the dog only uses an indoor potty 60% of the time. Can someone comment on their experiences with this potty method? Thank you.
Your trainer doesn't know how to do indoor potty training. Patti is 1.5 years old and reliably uses a potty tray. We have a second home and she uses the potty tray there, as well as, at our primary home. In fact, she prefers to use the potty tray over going outside, although she does potty outside as well. Patti instinctlively used the potty tray when she was 8 weeks old, without any encouragement. In the beginning we set up her ex-pen in a family-kitchen area. This one area of the house was blocked off. She could go back and forth from the ex-pen into this one room. Patti would go from the family-kitchen area into her ex-pen to potty. There were a couple of accidents but in the beginning we always had eyes on her if she was out running around loose - in the family-kitchen room - and quickly picked her up and put her on the potty tray. Patti was reliability potty trained to this one room almost immediately. After she was reliable in that one room, I started training her how to find the potty tray room by room. Until she was 10 months old, she did not have the run of the whole house. At that point, I knew she was reliable.
The key is you must start early, when they're only weeks old and always have eyes on them when they are out of the ex-pen, so they don't run off and pee in places you don't know about. We have a small place in the Rockies and no yard, requiring us to walk Patti. It's SUPER nice not to have to walk her four or five times a day, or when it's storming or in the middle of the night - unless we want to. We can go out for the day or evening and not worry about her having to go outside to do her job.
You can't do both at the same time - outdoor potty train and indoor potty train. Stick with the indoor potty training if that's what you want to do. That doesn't mean you don't take them outside and let them play, pee and poop. You just don't reward them for doing it outside until they're potty trained inside.