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Old 05-27-2010, 01:03 PM
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Potty training - to go INSIDE the house?

So, as a few of you know, I just got a little mini dachshund just the other day and has been used to goin on puppy pads at her previous home. Well, Since she has been with me she has not made any "oopsies" on the floor which is GREAT! She has been going on her puppy pad. The thing is, I hvae not been taking her outside to go, not once yet cause she just goes to her puppy pad. Well, I live in an apartment on the top floor and I dont have a yard but there is a grassy area around back a ways away that I could take her to..I guess. It would just be apain in the butt to have to walk that far with her every few hours, you know. So if I just let her keep goin on the puppy pads and potty train her that way..is that a bad idea? or should I start taking her outside?

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As long as you're okay with it of course it's fine. Keep in mind though that if you ever move to a house and have a yard you will face potty training all over again (if you go that route).
You may also consider litter box training her.
Do you have a patio?
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Well, I live in an apartment on the top floor and I dont have a yard but there is a grassy area around back a ways away that I could take her to..I guess. It would just be apain in the butt to have to walk that far with her every few hours, you know. So if I just let her keep goin on the puppy pads and potty train her that way..is that a bad idea? or should I start taking her outside?

Any sugestions/help would be great
I started/stopped writing this a few times. I've kinda read-into your question - is it a bad idea - and split it into some other questions that might have an impact on your decision...and I'm not trying to be rude - just honest.

Is it possible to just let her empty her bowels and bladder inside your home on a puppy pad? Yes.

Will it smell, regardless of how fast / often you clean it up? Yes.

Is it Sanitary? Not particularly.

Is it unhealthy for the dog? Not specifically the location of where she's going, but this:

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It would just be apain in the butt to have to walk that far with her every few hours...
...concerns me. Your dog does need exercise - even though it's a smaller breed - it will require walks on a daily - maybe even a few times a day basis. If taking your pet outside to use the bathroom is "a pain in the butt" because you have to walk "that far", I'm more concerned that the dog will become frustrated from being inside all the time, not being able to really exercise, and - well, it's just not natural for a dog to potty where it lives...

My own personal opinion would be to immediately begin potty training / house training your dog - go for that long walk, pain in the butt it might be - that's what you signed up for, whether you knew it at the time or not...

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I think that's fine-I think taking her out and then letting her potty inside could be confusing while training. I wouldn't want poop in my house (Well ok their is bunny poop in my house...) BUT if I lived in an apartment I think I'd do that. I have a friend who's dog poops in a litter box instead-more absorbant/less gross then a pad-but I'd maybe train that once the dog definitely is pad trained
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My own personal opinion would be to immediately begin potty training / house training your dog - go for that long walk, pain in the butt it might be - that's what you signed up for, whether you knew it at the time or not...
I disagree. I think it is perfectly reasonable to litter train in an apartment for smaller sized dogs, or even puppy pad train (although litter training would be better IMO.) I don't think she was saying she wasn't ever going to to go on walks but when the dog is a puppy it would be very time consuming taking a puppy outside while living in an apartment. Not to mention the dangers of not having a fenced yard and the dog doesn't have all vaccines yet.
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Many people in apartments do it

honestly tho, I see no reason the dog can't learn both.
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...so I thought about it - I may have read more into the statement than was there about exercise.

Litter-train...maybe I could let that go, but even the best odor-blocking litters don't mask the smell entirely...

I'm not even a neat-freak...and here's where I put my own personal opinion into my previous response - but I'd MUCH rather spend 2-3 hours taking my dogs in and out than to let them go in the house...on a pad, in a litter-box, or otherwise.

But, again, that's my opinion.
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All 4 of my dogs are trained to do both (pee pad and outside) Since we had our fence built almost 2 years ago, they mostly go outside but I have a special area in the laundry room for them, incase of emergency. They go for walks every day, even in 40 below weather and most of the time, the pee pad remains unsoiled for as much as a week but I still feel more comfortable leaving them down. I had no problem at all transitioning my pups to going outside. They weren't confused at all, by it.

I think it's a great method with very young puppies, who are in apts or who aren't fully vaccinated yet, especially if you are diligent about training them to evacuate outside as well and just leave the pad down as a back up plan.

Cleaning and disinfecting the area is pretty important too.
I have multi dog household but you'd never know it
I think whatever works best for you
Either way you chose, having a dog is going to be time consuming.
Enjoy your new puppy and try to remember that all the training, sacrifice, time and effort is very much worth it. Pain in the butt, or not
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Litter-train...maybe I could let that go, but even the best odor-blocking litters don't mask the smell entirely...
I'm guessing you don't own or like cats much then, as their poos typically smell a lot worse than a dogs and they use a litter box. hehe
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I'm guessing you don't own or like cats much then, as their poos typically smell a lot worse than a dogs and they use a litter box. hehe
I don't dislike cats...but I won't own them, for this specific reason...luckily, my dogs DO dislike cats, so regardless of how I feel, no cats allowed in the house!
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