thanks for your replies.
Can I ask how large your ex-pen is and how large the UGoDog is? What size pads do you use for your adult dogs and puppies??
Our set-up has changed between Kodi and the girls but I’ll put pictures below of the set-ups we had for each. Keep in mind that these set-ups were for puppies who already were well trained to litter boxes. If you were introducing it to a puppy who had no clue, you would need a smaller space. I will include a third photo that shows that. In that case, it was following a UTI, when Panda had convinced herself that the potty was the cause of her discomfort, and we had to convince her otherwise. It only took 2 or 3 days of this level of confinement, because she already understood the game.
With a puppy who DOESN’T understand an indoor potty, you would not expand the space until they were 100% successful with this amount of space for at least a week or so, then SLOWLY increase the space. Any time spent outside that space would ONLY be when you knew the puppy was “empty”, AND with _100% “eyes-on”_ supervision. If you have to take your eyes and attention off the puppy for a split second, the puppy has to go back into the expen.
This may sound very regimented, but the more closely you supervise and confine in the beginning, and the closer to “errorless” you can make it (there will ALWAYS be the occasional accident, say nothing, just clean it up and move on, trying not to let it happen again) the faster your puppy will be reliably potty trained.
Put your focus on the litter box training. ALL puppies learn to go outside eventually on their own when you take them outside. You just have to give them a "Good dog!" And a happy face when they do it, and before long, they will be doing it regularly. What you are really teaching them is that there are “OK” places to go, (their box or outdoors) and everyplace else is “not OK”. You VERY SLOWLY expand the “not OK” territory as they show they can handle it. Any mistakes show that you’ve allowed too much freedom too soon, and you need to tighten things up again.
So, for some reason, it’s only letting me upload one photo at a time. Here was Kodi’s “bedroom”.