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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-22-2013, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Puppy Potty Suggestions and Tips (long post warning)

Hi Again,

We have a few potty issues with Miss Miley that I would like to address with you experts. When in her expen or small bathroom while we are at work, she rarely poops on her pee pad and most often uses the floor (even with her poop scent on the pad). This gets messy because she has had soft poops since we got her at 10 weeks, so when she poops during the day she often tracks it everywhere and wallers around in it.

She is currently being treated for Giardia but her poops haven't firmed up yet since she started the medicine on 4.5 days ago, even on canned ID. (I often wonder if she has food sensitivies). So, as you can imagine, this is not ideal, especially right now when I am trying to get rid of the Giardia. The smaller her confined space, the worse it is. She does not always poop in her space, but when she does....oh my!

Secondly, although she is reliable with the pee pad in a confined space, she sometimes misses part of the pad. I am looking for pad holder/litterbox suggestions. I am thinking that I need something with walls, like the Rascal Dog litterpan or the Four Paws On Target Trainer. Also, what are the best pads to use for absorbancy so that the pee doesn't get on her feet when she uses it? I was thinking about buying Gridlock brand pads.

I also saw a hermetically sealed potty that would be cool because the pee goes through a grid platform into a reservoir that you empty once a week, so no pads needed...I just don't know how she would take to it since it is 2.5 inches off of the ground.

I work away from the house and Miley hates to potty in inclement weather so I definitely want an indoor option. Also, if someone could take my DH and three year-old daughter into their home until I get Miley housebroken, I would appreciate it. My DD takes her out of the expen when we aren't looking (usually while we are getting ready in the mornings or only one of us is available to watch the two of them and leaves the room for a few minutes.

As far as DH is concerned, he just has a different definition of what watching the dog closely means, so he messes up my potty training progress when he watches her (and unfortunately, I have had to travel for work ALOT lately). He also is not patient with waiting for her to do her business outside, especially with #2. If Miley goes back to the door without pottying, he doesn't carry her back on the grass for another try. He is cold, too, I guess.
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I have a four month old and just gave up on pad training. I had hoped he would take right to it. We had one good week where he was going fairly consistently on the pad but most of the time, he was missing it or completely ignoring it. We are now going outside and I think we are both happier!
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Ha! ha! so true about husbands. The only time Odeo has had accidents is when husband was "watching" him.
One thing I noticed is that dogs don't poop where they pee and don't pee where they poop. Maybe the times she is not getting to the pad is when the pad already has some stuff (pee or poop) on it? I use : Richell Paw Trax pee pad holder for Odeo and we used disposable pads for 2-3 weeks and now we use washable pee/whelping pads. They are dark brown in color and are very absorbent and I flush the poop down the toilet and just collect them and throw them in the washer for a small cycle once every 3-4 days. They are pretty inexpensive ($5 each). Trying to save some trees and environment here!

I did look for the ones with grate when I was buying, but after reading reviews online I realized (esp with soft poops) that it will be hard to clean the grate on top...

And one other thing, my neighbors bought a puppy on the same day and he was trained only outside, so he did not know how to use pee pad. And it was getting hard for them to train him (he wouldn't go even with his scent on it) Until Odeo went to their house for play date and peed on his pad...that is all it took !!
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Possibly food intolerance

When Porter, not a Havanese, came to live with us as a 3 month old, he had chronic diarrhea. We tested and treated for worms, giardia, and other intestinal parasites to no avail. I decided to try a grain free food after doing some Internet reading, chose Fromm grain free, within 48 hours stools were normal and we have never looked back. Don't know if this might be
the issue but it might be worth exploring.
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I too had a pup that would NOT use an indoor potty option... sorry, no help here!!
Good luck and keep at it!

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I use an UgoDog and love it! I put puppy pads underneath and throw them out when need be. Soft poos are hard because if they aren't big enough they can get stuck in grid and then are a pain to clean. Eloise does occassionally walk while she pees so sometimes she pees partially off the tray.

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