Mom to Princess & Jewels
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Have a question about potty training and ex pen's
I am going back and forth with training our dog with a exercise pen.
She is 4.5 months old, and we have had her for roughly 5 weeks.
We have been potty training inside, but it's not going so great. I am beginning to think I need to buy stock in Nature's Miracle, since we go through so much of it.
I prefer her to go outside, but with the winter weather coming up, and our crazy schedules, I think a expen and a litter box (or pads) would be a great alternative. Not to mention, she will NOT go outside by herself, we have to go with her (we have a big fenced yard) and stand right next to her, or she will run back to the door to come in. It is reallllllly cold for us to stand next to her at 3am, not to mention snow. lol
I'm a little concerned that with snow right around the corner (maybe, it's been almost 50 here!) that she wont want to go outside at all. And if she does, she'll get sick, because she's soo tiny.
I was all set to go with the ex pen and litter/pads, and the local dog trainer told us that we would just confuse her. Now granted, she doesn't realize how smart Princess is, and she does train all kinds of dogs.. but I'm worried she's right.
Right now she does ok with going potty in the house, but if we turn our heads for a minute, she high tails it upstairs and poop's in one of the kids rooms.
I try to watch her all the time, but it's just not possible with 5 kids in the house, and me homeschooling.
I am not sure if I should go with the expen, or just try to put baby gate's up all over, so she's enclosed in 1 room and just keep taking her outside.
Is it too late to use a expen with her?
If it's not, will it confuse her to go in a litter box/pads and outside on occasion?
If I decide to go with the expen, what is best, litter or pads?
How often does the litter need to be changed out?
(I realize it needs to be scooped daily, if not more often)
Does the litter have a strong odor? Once it is urinated on, is it strong? (She's in our bedroom in the crate)
I don't mind buying all the stuff, because we will probably get another Hav in the future, so it will get used for that puppy as well.