Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Toronto, ON Canada
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Peepad AND Outdoor Trained
Hi everyone! Last time I checked in, Pickles was having a "wee" bit of trouble with mistaking other things (like my boyfriend's crumpled up jeans) for his peepad. Since then, he's gotten the hang of our setup, and has about a 90% success rate indoors. (He's just over 13 weeks). Outdoors, he's just perfect! Within minutes of hitting a patch of grass, he does his business.
Now here's my thing - I have lovely, well-meaning coworkers who are really into dogs and dog training. One of them in particular is quite rigid about potty training. He got a bit upset when I mentioned that I plan to continue the use of peepads when Pickles is an adult, due to heat waves, rain storms, (crazy people at night), and the fact that we live in a loft in an industrial area with heavy traffic and few appropriate grassy spots. He thinks it's just not appropriate in any situation, and that I'm ruining my dog. I take my pup outside about 3 times a day, and I do hope he'll prefer to potty outside to inside when he's older, but considering it takes a good five minutes to walk to a patch of grass in my neighbourhood, solely outdoor training is just not an option for me. Pickles was raised with peepads and outdoor access, and I just want to let him continue naturally. I have a cat as well, so cleaning up after a pet inside is no big hassle at all.
Has anyone else run into this kind of negativity? He's coming over to meet the pup tomorrow, and I kinda feel like I should hide away his peepads.