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Old 11-08-2010, 09:53 PM   #1
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i'll be getting my lil boy this friday. i'm soooo excited. but i've been thinking, where will my lil boy go potty or poo if i live in the second floor of our apartment? isn't it kinda far to take him outside. poor little thing wouldn't be able to hold his wee that long. and he wouldnt be able to get out of my apartment if he wanted to do his business too. plus, i have a carpeted room. but our living room is wood. while the kitchen and bathroom are of tiles. i want him to have his bed in my room. is that a good idea?

what do i do? where do i assign his designated place for his "business"?

i'm sorry, i'm such a newb. -__________-

my last pup was a chow chow and that was when i didnt live in an apartment. that's why it was easy to train him.

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You can use puppy pads. If you are going to use them on a carpeted area, then I would definately get one of the puppy pad holders as the pads alone will leak (especially when they just barely make it on the pad). Walmart has the pad holders for pretty cheap, I think $15 or close to that. They fit the reasonably priced pads they have too. Especially as a pup, you are probably going to have to at least use puppy pads for part of his peeing and pooping. You can still get him used to timely walks. Take him at the same time all the time. They will eventually get their little bladders in time with your schedule. But at the beginning they sometimes go like every hour. I have used the puppy pads and am taking Annie outside every 2 hours. She does go everytime I take her out, but when I am asleep, or sometimes just busy, she has gone in the house. So, I am trying to get those trips to get to the pad. Not successful yet, but she has done it a few times (to which I have gone crazy with praise!).
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I have two little ones and I also live in an apartment on the 4th floor! We use wee wee pads. We keep one in our second bathroom (tile floors). We also keep one in the living room (wood floors) but this is only temporary till our puppy gets better at peeing. I buy them in large packs online from amazon or walmart, it's cheapest that way. Plus you'll need them! You should def. let your puppy sleep in your room in his bed. Dogs like to sleep near their pack Hope that helps. Good luck and congrats on your new baby.
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:28 PM   #4
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thank you! that really helps.

i'm getting my puppy from a friend. she's not breeding them. her yorkie, nani, just gave birth to 7 lil puppies. they're pure breed

my little boy's going to be 16 months when i get him this friday and i think my friend has been training him with pee pee pads. but i dont expect my little pup to be trained when he comes home because like what i said, my friend has 7 little puppies plus her 3 original dogs. tough on her.

but yea, thank you sooooo much! i'm sooooo excited.
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Hello!! and Welcome!!
I am in a 5th floor condo. in DC....in the back of the building.

I got one of the Purina Second Nature Litter pans and put weewee pads in it instead of the doggie litter.
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I also use the weewee pads from PPE Pet Supplies.
I was using Drs foster smith pads, but I like these much better.
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I also purchased a diaper genie.
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Definitely get some puppy pads and try to really train him to use those when it's not possible to take him out. They have a lot of products on the market now that can help with us apartment/condo dwellers. That said, one of the things that has helped me the most living in a condo is maintaining a really regular schedule with my guys. I always make sure that they don't have to wait excessively long to go out and we stick to a fairly regular schedule, even on the weekends. Now, granted, I got both my guys as adult dogs, but they have never had an accident in the house (at least not when they weren't sick) and they are excellent about "telling" me when they have to go out. That's something else really important - working to develop a system by which your little guy can tell you that he has to go out.
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I live on the 17th floor of an apt building so I know exactly your situation. I bought the holder and pads from Pet Supplies | Dog & Cat Supplies, Pet Meds | DrsFosterSmith.com Pet Products and they work great for my little guy
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We live in a second floor apartment and Troy just started crate training and he does well with it. As a young pup he was confined to an expen with pads and that worked well in protecting the carpet because I also made a floor out of tile.
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thank you everyone

i bought the pee pee pads just today. i'm pretty excited to get my lil boy already. i just can't stop talking about it. friday is taking forever.

does anyone have a picture of their little doggie corner? i need some ideas on how to set it up. please and thank u.
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I live on the third floor of an apartment, so I totally feel your pain about walking up and down stairs multiple times a day for potty breaks. However, Levi has made it perfectly clear to me that he wants nothing to do with pee pads. He'll use them in an emergency (I always keep one out for him), but if I am at home he goes to the door to go outside and potty. The stairs are rough, but I do prefer that he is outdoor-trained (and apparently he prefers that too).

Pad training might be easiest while he is a puppy and can't hold it for very long. However, I wouldn't completely give up on outdoor training if that is something you are interested in, especially since you are only on the second floor. I keep Levi on a regular potty schedule and it works out really well for us. I like that he gets a chance to go outside many times a day, and I like not coming home to soiled potty pads. The apartment thing is difficult, but once it became routine to walk downstairs, neither Levi nor I have minded it.
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I swear this thread is exactly what I was about to post.

I'm bringing my little darling home next week and I have a second floor condo with carpeted bedrooms and wood/tile living areas. Everyone's suggestions are exactly what I needed to hear!!

Diaper Genie?! I never would've thought of that! Now it's on my shopping list...
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I used to live on 21... it was a 15-20 minute wait for an elevator some times. So we opted for a grid system. It's cheaper than puppy pads. the beauty is you can still use puppy pads when you travel etc. the grid is made of a tray which you line with papers and a grid on top which the dog stands on. The poo stays on top and the pee filters down. then you throw out the papers daily and clean it really good every 1-2 weeks. You can buy a system in the US, but it's almost easier to make one. UGO DOG and WizDog are two brands you can look up to see how it works.
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I swear this thread is exactly what I was about to post.

I'm bringing my little darling home next week and I have a second floor condo with carpeted bedrooms and wood/tile living areas. Everyone's suggestions are exactly what I needed to hear!!

Diaper Genie?! I never would've thought of that! Now it's on my shopping list...
Absolutely! The Diaper Genie is Awesome!!!!
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I live on the third floor of an apartment, so I totally feel your pain about walking up and down stairs multiple times a day for potty breaks. However, Levi has made it perfectly clear to me that he wants nothing to do with pee pads. He'll use them in an emergency (I always keep one out for him), but if I am at home he goes to the door to go outside and potty. The stairs are rough, but I do prefer that he is outdoor-trained (and apparently he prefers that too).

Pad training might be easiest while he is a puppy and can't hold it for very long. However, I wouldn't completely give up on outdoor training if that is something you are interested in, especially since you are only on the second floor. I keep Levi on a regular potty schedule and it works out really well for us. I like that he gets a chance to go outside many times a day, and I like not coming home to soiled potty pads. The apartment thing is difficult, but once it became routine to walk downstairs, neither Levi nor I have minded it.
We lived in an apartment for the first year and a half of Bandits life on the 3rd and 4th floors and didn't use puppy pads either. It wasn't convenient taking him up and down four flights of stairs every couple hours but it was good exercise lol.
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Potty pads, pee pads, weewee pads (and other various names) were a lifesaver for us. We were apartment dwellers for 6 years with our oldest, 3 years with the second and 2 years with the youngest.

We discovered the washable kind after we got the house....(could have saved a fortune on the disposables).

We did try the dog "litter" but since our little guy was a puppy, he layed in them and chewed them....might be better after teething (???).

All hail potty pads!!!!
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