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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-22-2013, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Indoor potty options

I've mentioned tidbits of this in other threads, but I thought I might have better success in soliciting your experience if I devote a thread to the topic.

I'll be bringing my Hav puppy home next month. I live in a condo (6th floor) In a state where the weather can be ....challenging. I'd like a permanent indoor potty option for my furkid as a backup to walks outside.

I wonder if folks who also have used an indoor potty option for their adult dogs would comment on what they did and how it worked. I have access to both a Pup Head and Porch Potty, and I have both washable and disposable pee pee pads. I have everything but the dog!
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When we brought Archie home, he was already 8 months old and trained to go on pee pads. I started him out an expen - he had his crate with the door left open (I rigged it to the expen) and a pee pad. After a few weeks with this arrangement, I started gating him in the kitchen with his pee pad in the adjoining laundry room. He is now one year old and I still do this - the only difference is that I now keep the pee pad in a holder so he can't rip it up!

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We've had success with the UGODOG.

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We've had success with the UGODOG.

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Same..Ugo dog was best option (you just need to make sure they can aim haha).

At first we had Oreo on a pee pad but he will step on his pee. The Ugodog sorta eliminated the pee stepping because the pe goes down into the grate and into the pee pad.

If I had to do it over again, I would get the large size Ugodog. With the regular size, you'll need to fold the pee pad for it to fit.

How I got Oreo to use it was that I used a pee pad that he peed on and rubbed it into a new peepad. That new pee pad then went into the Ugodog. This left a scent of his pee so he knows where to pee.

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Well, I got the Pup Head for use in an x-pen. It came with a spare piece of turf, that I'm going to place in the walk-in shower.

The x-pen solution was meant to be temporary, while he's being potty-trained, while the shower option was my idea for the long term.

I guess if the turf starts reeking, as others are warning, maybe I can buy it by the roll and replace it often. I had liked the idea of the turf, because it will feel more like grass than carpet under his feet. But I suppose I can switch to washable pee pee pads in the shower if it's friendlier on the nose. It's my en suite bathroom, so I'm willing to tolerate a little more odor than I would in the public spaces.
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I thought I'd resurrect this thread to report back on my experience.

I've tried wee wee pads (washable and disposable), the Porch Potty, and the Pup Head. What others warned me was true - the artificial turf starts to reek, even if you wash it often.

But I finally hit on a solution that I'm happy with - it's the Piddle Place. It's an indoor potty option that's different in 2 ways.

First, it doesn't use artificial turf - instead it uses a product similar to what Tom described in his thread on choosing a color for his potty system. It's made from PVC and has no backing to absorb urine (and odor).

Second, the urine doesn't drain down to pads. Instead, it drains down to a built-in reservoir to which you add an enzyme treatment, preventing smell. You drain this reservoir about once per week, using a built-in valve to pour it easily into your toilet. (The valve is my one complaint with the design - it projects out from one of the corners, making it irresistible to puppy chewers.)

I ordered a 2nd pad of the same material, which I'm using over the re-purposed grate from my Pup Head system in my walk-in shower. Sheldon gets a small piece of freeze-dried liver every time he pees or poops there, so he caught on quickly.

So far, I'm really happy with these solutions. I had meant the Piddle Place for temporary use in housebreaking only, but I'm happy enough with it, I may keep it as a permanent solution.

Thought I'd report on my experiences in case anyone else is looking for long-term indoor potty options.
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thanks for checking back in! glad you found something that is working!!

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