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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-19-2012, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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Even though I'm new at all this, to, it sounds to me like your system is working great. It's a lot better for him to go potty in the house than to go out in a possibly sketchy neighborhood in the middle of the night. Just my 2 cents worth.

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I know what you mean. Not personally. But I've done a lot of research online on pee pad training tips, and most conversations devolve into attacks on pee pad users. Which I think is ridiculous. Some people live in high rises in big cities and finding a patch of grass in these cases is difficult.

I am also in the process of training my dog to use both the pee pad and outdoors. He's 12 weeks old now, but he's still having problems. Especially with rugs. There's a rug on the porch and sometimes he'll pee there when the grass is literally only 1 ft away. Do you have any tips?
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Hi...Whimsy was trained to strictly use a pee pad and if anyone I know doesn't like it they can simply go to hell. Remember,,, It is your dog and how you raise it is your business. period.

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I like Whimsy's way of thinking!

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I'm predicting that Pickles will naturally prefer outdoors, but I'm certainly happy we have both. Keeper wants to go outside, but if it's raining, he doesn't do falling water and all I have to say is 'it's raining' and he runs for his pad. It's a wonderful combination of methods. Go for it.

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Who cares what other people think, that's your business. I had a discussion with my brother about invisible fences, which he uses, he said I'm nuts for not getting one, oh well his decision not mine. Just to add my two cents, I really wanted Timmy to use pee pads and go outside, but now he will only go outside. I still have his pad set up but he hasn't used it in months. Maybe that will change next winter when there's two feet of snow. He's just about 8 months old so he hasn't really experienced winter yet and this past winter was like summer.

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You're doing it right. I doubt that person has as much experience as I do.
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At close to 6, Henry still does not quite grip the difference between the pee-pad and say, the bathmat. Seems compelled to go on the mat at time (so I keep it up off the floor).
I do not think he quite understands the difference between pee-pees indoors /outdoors. Meaning some dogs would never ever go outside.
Well, at least he is not going on major pieces of furniture!
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I WISH Tillie would have taken to a pee pad/ugodog, ANYTHING for an indoor option... sigh... I tried and tried and TRIED and it was NOT happening... she is 100% outdoors and has been since she was 4 months old...
stick with the indoor option FOR SURE and don't listen to what others have to say!

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