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Has anyone tried the Puppy Apartment for potty training?


Hi all, I'm in the preliminary stages of researching acquiring a Havanese and wondering if anyone has potty trained with one of these. They seem to make sense intuitively but I'm wondering if there are breed-specific issues to consider?

I'm less concerned about the price than I am the dog being able to exercise his/her body functions without discomfort.

As I'm also very much open to buying a retired show dog, does anyone have thoughts on whether this would be appropriate to introduce to an adult brought into a new home environment?

Thanks very much.
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Hi all, I'm in the preliminary stages of researching acquiring a Havanese and wondering if anyone has potty trained with one of these. They seem to make sense intuitively but I'm wondering if there are breed-specific issues to consider?

I'm less concerned about the price than I am the dog being able to exercise his/her body functions without discomfort.

As I'm also very much open to buying a retired show dog, does anyone have thoughts on whether this would be appropriate to introduce to an adult brought into a new home environment?

Thanks very much.
I only know of one forum member who tried it. She was totally sold on the idea before she got it, but her later posts made it sound like less than a total succes. I tried something similar for Kodi when he was a puppy... Getting a BIG crate, and putting his litter box in one end and his bed in the other. Total failure. He had NEVER had an accident in his crate until i did this, and while i tried it, hee peed in his bed almost daily. When I stopped, he went back to no crate accidents. I think the bed room and potty are just too close together in this system.

I think an ex-pen with the little box (or other potty option) in one end, and a small crate for sleeping in the other end is a much better choice.


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I would hope a retired show dog is house trained. Are you planning on leaving the doors open or closed . If it is to use as a safe place while your gone I would use a x pin or laundry room.

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Hi Suzi, yes I would expect a retired show dog to be house trained. As for the doors open or closed, that will be determined by whether I end up with a puppy or an adult, and what helpful forum members such as yourself suggest. I notice that xpens have a lot of support in this community and that's been a good lesson for me.

Maddie is sure precious. I love that color combination.

If you have time I would appreciate your thoughts as a senior member of the community on my other thread in this forum regarding suggested reading, etc. Thanks very much.
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I used a reservoir based system (Piddle Place) inside an ex-pen with a lot of success. Doesn't smell, and more environmentally friendly than disposable pads.
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Thanks Deb, I like that - it looks a little more natural than standing on a plastic grid.
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I had it for Jesse, it worked good for us.
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I now use the plastic mats that came with the potty system on top of a grate in my shower - for my dog's current indoor potty option. I rinse off the mats daily, and throw them in the washing machine occasionally. Works really well. The fact that they're open weave plastic without any backing makes a huge difference in smell retention vs artificial turf options.

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My girlfriend got one for her Yorkie and raves about it. She followed the manufacturers guidelines and said it worked wonderfully. She still uses the apartment but the dog sleeps with her. She is 2 and totally trained. (She had 2other Yorkies prior that we're hard to train)
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