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|01-07-2012, 09:53 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: San Diego, California
Another potty training transition question
Our 4 month old Yorkie girl was trained before we got her on newspapers so we are continuing that method since she is 90percent accurate. The question is
How can I transition her to a Potty Patch eventually and when ? Also when we are on long day outings and walks she will not go outside. She seems to try
To hold it until we arrive home to use her newspapers....Any suggestions on how to encourage her to go outside ?
Thanks for ny suggestions !
|01-08-2012, 08:21 AM||#2|
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Missouri, but will always be a Montana girl.
Bella was pre-trained on piddle pads when we brought her home. When we bought the Potty Patch I simply took her piddle pad and put it in the collection tray in the bottom of the Potty Patch. There are enough holes in the Potty Patch to where she could smell it, and she knew instinctively to go potty on the Patch. I would recommend putting it in the *exact* same spot you have the newspaper, at least for now.
Additionally, I just wanted to say that I give the Potty Patch a solid F as in fail. At first I loved it, but that quickly changed.
It is not anti-odor. The hemp-like material used to bind the grass underneath is very absorbent. The urine soaked into the binding material and it constantly reeked of urine all the time. It didn't matter how often I washed it, or with which pet-safe products. Nothing took that horrendous odor away.
When it was washed, (even gently), the grass would come loose and fall out. One corner was completely bare within the first week from rinsing it.
The second tier of the Potty Patch has spikes that dig into the actual grass top layer. Once puppy has pottied on the Patch a number of times, the spikes underneath start to pop through the top, causing painful pokes to the pads of the paws.
I hate that thing and it has been disposed of.
Two thumbs down
I changed to T Bumpkins and Co's washable piddle pads. Cathy makes them of the highest quality, and they are VERY absorbent. The bottom layer is a leakproof barrier (tried, tested, and true)...nothing gets through it.
She has them to match virtually any decor, and nobody in your home would ever guess it's for potty unless they have one themselves.
They're easy on puppy's little feet and very easy (in my opinion) to transition from piddle pads to the washable piddle pad.
This is the site: http://www.doggiepeepads.com/
Two thumbs up
In regard to your training outside question - I'm sure someone will have the answer for you. We live in a very cold state, and Bella is very small, so she is an indoor potty pup until the weather has warmed.
Last edited by MorkieMomma; 01-08-2012 at 08:22 AM.
|01-08-2012, 08:34 AM||#3|
Donating YT 2000 Club Member
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Michigan USA & Sheffield UK
ZoE is potty pad trained. (I like pads much better than newspaper as they absorb quickly and are plastic backed to protect your floors). I take ZoE's pads everywhere she goes. I've put them down in my son's dorm room at college, my daughter's apartment, bathrooms at friend's houses, in the truck of my car, and even on the ground outside, and ZoE knows to go on them.
She too doesn't know that it's ok to go outside. The first time she ever peed outside was Halloween night when we were outside for a few hours handing out candy....she was 11 months old! I praised her and gave her a treat...but still she's only ever peed outside one other time since then. She obviously prefers her potty pads, and as they are portable, I just always keep a few in my purse and car, so I have them when we are out & about.
Best of luck & Welcome to Yorkie Talk
Karan & ZoE