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Old 06-19-2006, 12:49 PM   #1
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Hi, well i was wondering, what do yall think about puppy pads? Do ya'll use them? I would love to here your advice and opinions
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Old 06-19-2006, 01:02 PM   #2
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we USE to use them. not n e more, all of our dogs, when they come in let us know to go outside with them so they can potty.
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Old 06-19-2006, 01:16 PM   #3
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Unless you have small dogs in which you plan to always have puppy pads inside, its probably best not to start using them. If you allow the puppy to potty inside it could get confused and the potty training process could take longer.

It is probably better to crate train and take the pup outside every few hours to let it potty outside. That way it doesnt get confused and think it is ok to potty inside.

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Old 06-19-2006, 04:54 PM   #4
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Yeah true, i've read about that, that puppies will get confused, like if u want them to go outside,but yet u use the pads, they dont know what to do, but i mean is it bad to keep in the crate the 1st couple of nites?
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They can stay in the crate, but you will still have to get up to take him out during the night. The pup should only have enough room in the crate to go in and turn around and lay down. You can by a size big enough for him full grown, but block part of it off. You don't want the pup thinking it can potty in the crate either. So it should not have enough room to potty in one corner and lay in another.

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We've been using potty pads recently but only as a last resort type of thing. Tikaani just had pups and I haven't been able to be at the house 100% of the time so on the rare occassion I have to go out, we close her in the bathroom w/ the pups (it's a larger bathroom and the pups have been whelped in the tub w/ blankets (unexpected pups of course)) and we just put 2 potty pads on the floor either overnight or when we're gone so that it's easier for us to clean up and when she cant get outside when we're gone. She uses them but b/c of the flooring it's on, it slips...so if you're using it on tile or hardwood flooring...I might suggest taping it lightly to the floor to hold it in place. Tikaani is only 8 1/2 mo's but she hasn't had any problem thinking she can go in the house...and the only time she has accidents when we're at home is if we get caught up in something and don't notice that she's trying to get us to go outside (not often though)
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I have a couple down where Max wees if I dont take him out in time, but I dont train him to go there, its purely for mistakes and so he doesnt wee on the floor. If he does wee on them I dont praise, I just ignore it.

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Yeah, well i dont think that i'll have a problem with the crate being to small, really, it's big enough to hold a great dane, actuslly my uncle did have 2 geart danes that he put inside the crate, but he sold them and gave it to me Yeah i mean i'll probably only use them the 1st week,BUT only in the crate just in case, but i'm going to take her out, not let her go inside, what age was ya'lls pups truly potty trained?

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You cant have the crate too big either, you will have to put dividers in to make it smaller if you want to do it right. Otherwise she might mess in the crate and it will defeat the object really. Crating is meant to make dogs feel safe and be their "den" so it should only really be high enough for the dog to stand up and big enough for the dog to lie down on its side with his legs stretched out.

I would say that Max is 90% housetrained, and that at 9.5 weeks (after a week and a half of training).

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I wouldnt use the pads if you gave them to me. sorry
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