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Indoor potty training and an adult Havanese dogs

I have been training my 3+ mo pup for indoor potty training. It's quite a bit of work. I am using a grated potty holder. I find myself cleaning the grate about twice a day because poop sticks to it. And, my pup often steps in on the grate which right now is in her pen. The pen is large and near the kitchen where we often hang out. So I can't help but wonder what this will be like when my 4.5 lb pup is full grown at 10 lbs? To those with full grown dogs, do you find that your pup steps in the poop and then walks around the house? With a larger dog, I assume that the poop will also be of larger size. Is this a problem for you? When I am home I clean up the poop immediately, but if I am out for a few hours the poop will just sit there until I come home. And what about when your dog has diarrhea? Do you have a big mess? How do others manage these situations? Am I imagining this as worse than it really is?
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Mydogs never step in it, and they hardly ever have even loose poop, let alone diarrhea. It really isnít a problem. She is a baby now and doing baby things. I think you are just feeling overwhelmed. It does get easier!


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I think what youíre experiencing is normal and why a lot of people give up, and why many people end up with partially trained dogs and blame indoor potty training. It is hard, but mostly because youíre learning something new, too, and itís really easy to second guess yourself. But if you just hang in a little longer, I think you will be in a place where you can see the progress youíve made and that makes such a huge difference going forward. If you decide you donít want to keep indoor potty training, thatís okay, I just wouldnít base that decision on early stages because it doesnít represent the long term. I think you mentioned the puppy might be having some tummy trouble, and resolving that could make a huge difference, too.

I didnít have to clean up a tray because my puppy never pooped on it! He pooped next to it once or twice and then he started peeing on it but waiting to poop outside. I would trade cleaning the grate any day for waiting 15 minutes in the snow because my puppy will only poop in certain spots of course, Iím a HUGE baby about being cold! Whatever you decide is a trade off, and you do what is best for you.

My puppy did have a couple of instances where he missed or stepped in something. I think these things only happen a couple of times in the long run because theyíre just as horrified as we are.
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thanks for the feedback. It helps.
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I have been training my 3+ mo pup for indoor potty training. It's quite a bit of work. I am using a grated potty holder. I find myself cleaning the grate about twice a day because poop sticks to it. And, my pup often steps in on the grate which right now is in her pen. The pen is large and near the kitchen where we often hang out. So I can't help but wonder what this will be like when my 4.5 lb pup is full grown at 10 lbs? To those with full grown dogs, do you find that your pup steps in the poop and then walks around the house? With a larger dog, I assume that the poop will also be of larger size. Is this a problem for you? When I am home I clean up the poop immediately, but if I am out for a few hours the poop will just sit there until I come home. And what about when your dog has diarrhea? Do you have a big mess? How do others manage these situations? Am I imagining this as worse than it really is?
I was thinking how lucky you are that the poop sits there till you get home. There was no way Zumba would allow a perfectly good poop sit in the crate for very long, especially at 3 months. It was going to get eaten. At 12 months, she finally started to mostly leave them alone. Thankfully.
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Actually, my pet does linger around it sniffing it and I always think that she is going to eat it. But if she does, it is just a nibble and then she stops. I asked my breeder about this and she recommended a product named "Forbid". You add this to the puppy's food and it is suppose to give the poop a bitter taste. Has anyone tried this? Is it safe? Does it work??
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My vet's office sells it by the envelope(good for a couple days, about $3.). They claim it is safe. I tried it and it didn't work for my poop eater. He was eating it as it came out of his cute little bum, so I didn't even get the chance to pick it up.
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My vet's office sells it by the envelope(good for a couple days, about $3.). They claim it is safe. I tried it and it didn't work for my poop eater. He was eating it as it came out of his cute little bum, so I didn't even get the chance to pick it up.
Haha! Too bad it didnít work.
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[QUOTE=Jeanniek;1437092]Haha! Too bad it didnít work.[/QUOTEI
I know a few people that used it and it worked well for them. My guy was 10 months old when I got him and he was eating puppy food. Vet said to change food. It worked. I think it was a digestion problem but it was over after trying 2 foods.
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@Nora .... as you're puppy gets older she will avoid stepping in her poop. Dogs don't like to step in poop or pee. You should try a different dog food if the puppy's poop is very soft and mushy. The ideal poop is ... Firm but Soft, but Not Too Soft.

When Patti poops, she does a little jump away from it then turns around to check it out. As a puppy she stepped in her poop a few times.

As the puppy get's older she'll, also, have fewer diarrhea issues. Everything is new. The food. Things she chews on. You'll learn what to NOT give her and her system will mature. And, typically diarrhea requires changing out and washing the potty tray grate.

Patti isn't a poop eater, although, she has occasionally given it a try. As a puppy on walks - in the mountains - she'd pick up Poop-sicles (Frozen poop) and wanted to carry them around but didn't eat them. Poop-sicles are a Favorite Thing for many dogs to play with. There is lots of different animal poop on mountain walks. I was constantly taking them out of her mouth. No telling what kind of diseases wild animals had. All dogs are interested in other animals poop and what it smells like.

You'll probably get to where you're not so particular on how clean the grate is. Everything is new and there's an adjustment period. If Patti's poop is a little soft, I just wipe it off the grate with a tissue or a wash rag and while there might be a little bit of dried poop on the inside the grate, I normally leave until I change out the litter.
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