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We love having the litter box available. It's easy to clean, inexpensive and biodegradable. Kodi has had no trouble learning that either "out" or the box are acceptable alternatives, and it means that we don't HAVE to be up at 6 AM to let him out to potty.
My feeling is that at least for us, the litter box actually has shortened the potty training curve by giving him an acceptable option inside the house fow when he can't make it outside.
We only used pads for the first few weeks, and then not the way most people do. Our breeder showed us how to make "porta-potties" for Kodi when we needed to let him potty in places where it was questionable whether it was safe to put him on the ground. We put a handful of the wood pellets on the pad so that he knew what he was supposed to do on it, and then put him down on the pad to go. It worked great, but obviously, we only needed it until he'd had his shots and it was safe to let him find his own spot.
I've heard a number of people say that their Havs tear pads up. (I guess this isn't surprising since they seem to love tearing ANY paper up!<g>) We didn't have this problem, but then, he was never left alone with one either.
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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