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Hi there! I'm picking up my first Havanese at the end of the month. This will be my first puppy in years. I'm trying to decide what to try first for potty training. While I live in a house, we only have a fenced deck, not a fenced yard. Although I'm considering getting a grass patch and placing it in an x pen on the deck under a covered area, I'm wondering if it makes more sense to just stick to indoor potty training. I live in the rainy pacific northwest.

I've purchased a puppy potty pan and am not sure what would be the best option to put inside. The puppy will have exposure to pee pads with the breeder, but I'm not sure if those will make the most sense as the puppy grows. I am also researching pine pellets, grass patches, and the bark potty (placed inside the potty pan).

Does anyone have experience with these options and want to share their thoughts?

Considerations:
Smell
Ease of cleanup
Likelihood for success
Cost (although this is least important to me)
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Voting for pine pellets in a tray if you don't have issues with the puppy eating them. Inexpensive if you have a tractor supply near you, maybe better for the environment, covers any smells, easy cleanup (scoop and replace). Nikko tried to eat the pellets so it didn't work for me.

Pads - these we something Nikko loves to tear up so I use washable pee pads. They work but you have to be careful that this doesn't lead to a small rugs = pee pad issue.

Artificial grass pads - they smell and the clean-up isn't nice, also a bit pricey.
I'm glad to hear that pellets can work well if they don't get eaten. I'll have to see what puppy's appetite is!
 

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I use a doggielawn both on our deck and inside. I change it every two weeks and compost the old patches. Works great so far. And doesn’t smell. My pup ate all the pellet types I tried…
There is no reason for a puppy to have access to pellets to use a litter box. Just use one with a grid! This is the one I use:


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I find fake grass objectionably smelly. There is no way to clean it well enough that I can’t smell it.

Pee pads are a huge amount of non-biodegradable waste. Plus many if not most Havanese puppies will destroy them, they are expensive, and many puppies will only use them once, then do not want to use a soiled pad.

Washable pee pads encourage puppies to potty on ANY cloth item left on the floor. From a scatter rug to an unintentionally dropped towel. And why not? You have taught them to potty on cloth on the floor! I have yet to hear of a person who has used washable pee pads and has NOT had this problem later.

Real, replaceable grass (sod) - seems to work well, but it’s quite expensive. I have not used it.
Krandall:
Thanks so much for your thoughts! I think putting pellets underneath a grate could work really well if my puppy ends up wanting to eat them. I think I may give that a try first. How often do you clean the grate? Does it smell from residual urine?

And the photo of your setup is super helpful. I've been eyeing that pen on Amazon!

Hsin:
The real grass sounds like it is far superior to artificial as long as I don't mind paying the cost. It's good to have options!
 
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