I see no reason why taking your pup for walks will prolong the pee pad training . I do think if you want both then start training booth. Karens set up with the litter ? pellets, seems like a great idea to transfer over your pup to that. The pads do cost alot and they do like to tear them up
Zoey a 12 week old, came to us trained on a pad and from day one we have been going outside. she still uses the pad when needed. The only problem I have had is My other pup who is 6mo has started using the pad also she was without for over 2mo . I think I am going to look in to getting her set up.
Karen can you buy all the stuff just at a pet store?
Well, to give credit where credit is DEFINITELY due, Tom and Pam King trained Kodi to a litter box, and taught me how to do it. Tom has many posts on the subject of this forum.
Yes, you can buy dog litter boxes at Petco or Petsmart... probably other places too. Make sure to get a big one, as Havs like to circle before they poop, and if they can't circle in the box, the circle might take them OUT of the box at the wrong moment. Also, if the box isn't big enough, a lot of boy puppies will put just their front feet in and... oops!
You can buy specially made "dog litter", but I don't like it for a couple of reasons. First, it's expensive. Second, it is TOO absorbent. You can't tell where they have peed in order to remove it, and I found, to my dismay, that the ammonia smell was HORRIBLE in a box that LOOKED clean when I got my nose down close to it.
I use wood stove pellets. You can get them at any farm store, wood stove store or, during the winter months, the "big box" stores like Lowes and Home Depot. If you use these places, be sure to lay in a supply to last you through the summer, because they don't carry them in the warm weather. Besides being MUCH cheaper, the wood stove pellets break down into sawdust immediately when they get wet, so you can see a wet spot and scoop it out right away.
The other reason I feel better about the wood pellets than dog litter is that wood pellets break down while the dog litter expands. Of course, you don't WANT your puppy to eat dog litter of any sort, but dogs will be dogs.
I feel safer with something that I KNOW will break down into small particles when wet than with something that, if the puppy eats a few, could potentially expand to a MUCH larger size, possibly causing an obstruction.
Tom has raised 200-odd puppies using this system and it works great. I only have Kodi, but continued what the Kings had started with him, and it has worked great for us too.