Mikki, did your dog switch easily from one grated potty system to another? I bought the Richell Paw Trax tray, and although it works with the pine pellets, it's not perfect. I think the Blyss would be better because I can snap the grate over the pellets, rather than down into the tray like the Richell. Unfortunately, I didn't know about the Blyss when I bought the Richell. My puppy is starting to do well indoor potty training with the Richell, and I'm afraid if I switch to the Blyss, he'll regress.
I'm just wondering how easy (or not) it is to switch from one grated system to another.
Ha!! I, too, worried every time I changed something.
Patti never had a problem switching from artificial turf, to the Richell Paw Trax with pee pads to Byliss and UgoDog using Equine Pellets or Shavings. I always rubbed some of her pee on the new grate or system. Maybe that helped. Patti was still using an ex-pen during all these changes of trays.
Around 5-6 months, I started transitioning and put a potty tray in different areas of the house and showed her where these were located. Around 10-months I took down the ex-pen and gates in other rooms, and gave her free range to most of the house.
I really like the Byliss tray. It snaps down on the edges and is deep enough for the pellets. UgoDog's grate fits inside the tray and doesn't snap down. Byliss is half the size of UgoDog but I've found the Byliss works even though Patti is full grown and weighs about 13-14lbs. I use both UgoDog and Byliss because I happen to own both.
Using an ex-pen and doing indoor house breaking
with potty trays was very easy and quick. Patti was basically housebroken by 3-months to one room. The ex-pen door opened into a family-kitchen area where there was a lot of activity. I gated off the second entrance to this room, which confined her to the room when the ex-pen the door was opened. The flooring was tile. I had very few potty accidents in the house.
When we were busy and didn't have eyes on her or left the area, Patti was confined to the ex-pen where she had a blanket, water, food, toys and the potty tray. At 5-months we moved to a summer condo where we set up an ex-pen with a potty tray. She had no problem transitioning to another location using the potty tray.
Although, I had read about indoor house breaking a dog, I was reluctant to do it. At first I tried outdoor house breaking but it was exhausting. I had the ex-pen and potty tray set up and Patti was housebreaking herself indoors.
So, I focused on indoor house breaking and love it! We have a condo in the mountains with no yard. She uses the indoor potty trays and we don't have to rush to take her out for a walk in the mornings or worry if we leave for the afternoon or day. During storming, cold, rainy or snowy days I don't have a problem.
We fenced our yard about two-months ago. Patti now asks to go outside and does most of her business outdoors. But, still uses the potty trays once in a while, which are located under a desk in an office and one in a bathroom.
My understanding is indoor house breaking needs to be done at the get-go when the dogs are young puppies. Kendrall encouraged me to NOT switch to out door housebreaking until the dog is fully trained to the indoor system. ALL dogs prefer to go outside and will naturally do it later. Dogs trained to go outside, do not transition to an indoor house potty system.