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08 December 2009 @ 05:27 pm
 
Has anyone ever tried an indoor dog potty? I've been considering one for a while....

A few years ago, I box trained Bella with one of those doggy litter boxes. She didn't like the litter, so I'd use puppy pads. That worked out just fine, but she'd LOVE to rip up the pads. After I moved from there, every place I've lived has had a yard. So it hasn't been an issue.

The place I live currently has a yard, however, I moved to MN in feb this year. This is Bella's first winter. As I type this right now, it's snowing and she will not be happy to go outside! She hates the snow, rain, and cold. Since it's been getting colder, she's gone potty in the basement a few times and I don't want to be dealing with that all winter.

So, bottom line - don't want to clean up messes (waste or ripped up pads), so I'm wondering if these grassy things would be a decent investment. Any personal experiences?

 
 
 
Jennylittlesunflower on December 8th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
I've spoken with some people who use them. I think it's hard for the dog psychologically to get used to going "inside" when they are used to going "outside". They said that this kind of teaches the dog that "inside" is okay - that makes accidents much harder to prevent later on when you want her to start going outside again. At least, that's what I have heard, but if she's already been box-trained it shouldn't be too difficult for her.

Also, what about the smell? You can scoop kitty litter, and you can pick up a pee pad - how does this control odour? I'm curious.
Joannamiss_upsetter on December 9th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
I'm basically looking for something for when the weather is really bad. The past few days when it's been like 9* out, she's been okay, but it's been snowing all night and she's not havin it! I guess it's worth a shot for occasional use...once I get one, I'll let y'all know!
Pet in Bluefinding_bleu on December 9th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
I didn't know these specifically existed! So, I don't have specific experience - but I did use, for my mother's dog, just bits of sod on a 12th floor balcony when she visited my condo with her dog - it was hard for my mother to always walk him down when he was a pup and it worked out ok for us - I just used a couple squares of sod while he was there (it wasn't long term) and I was able to clean the cement under with bleach water - Different from your situation, however, as mine was technically outside but the concept did work ok.

Maybe not the best solution but as I said, it was short term and it worked for us (and he was not allowed out on the balcony without a leash)

Mom's dog doesn't mind winter though - he loves it (and didn't mind the cold of the 12th floor)
SMGriffin: BeboDarcysmgriffin on December 10th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
Honestly, get her a pair of booties if you need to and chuck her little tuckus outside when it's time to go potty. I live in Alaska and this is Darcy's first winter as well. The first few days of snow and cold, her paws were sensitive, but it was less than a week before her pads hardened up and she was fine. You certainly shouldn't leave her out there and five minutes tends to be Darcy's limit, but outside is entirely doable.
shawnidontwannafeel on December 12th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
I know all about cold.
I live in manitoba, not far from minnesota, temperatures get to -50 C here. Both my bostons have learned to run outside, do their business, and run back inside. The cold sure teaches them to go fast. I have a warm towel waiting for them when they come back in and I rub their paws to get them warm. Other than that, they are fine. The cold won't hurt them for 2 minutes while they go potty. I'm sure your little one will be ok.
Joannamiss_upsetter on December 14th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Re: I know all about cold.
Bella has gotten more and more used to it as the days go on, but she still really dislikes the snow and cold. I ordered one of those indoor potties to help with her stess, but in the meantime, I'll use your tip of the warm towel. That's a great idea!
Loving Lifellinthesand on December 20th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
We have been thinking about getting one of these for Lilo. She WILL NOT go outside when it's cold, and her nor Stitch will go out when it's raining. Stitch seldom pees in the house, but Lilo does frequently (she no likie the coldness). So.... I can't give you advice right now but I think we will be getting one of these soon. She pees on the carpet and I'm tired of steamcleaning!
Joannamiss_upsetter on December 20th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
I already got one from gulfcoastpetsupplies on ebay. Fedex had damaged the package (puncture) so the tray had a chunk missing out of the middle and it was cracked. I emailed them and they responded immediately and had another tray sent out within 24 hours free of charge. Their customer service is AMAZING!!!! I got one of the ugodog trays like this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/UGODOG-Indoor-Dog-Puppy-Training-Bathroom-Aid-Dog-Potty_W0QQitemZ370212921733QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item563268e185

I did research, it got good reviews...Bella has no problem standing on it. I'll do a full review once i get the replacement!