01-18-2016, 12:27 PM
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A little late to the party, but I hope it's okay for me to post this, just in case others are curious about potty pads....
we use them with our chihuahua for two reasons-- one being that it's often way too cold for a chihuahua to stand out in the cold while I try to get him to pee in the winter, and the other being that he was already on his way to puppy pad training with his old owner and we thought it would be the best thing to embrace for now since he is already almost a year old and has never been potty-trained.
This might be useful in concerns to the smell....
We only allow one puppy pad in a low plastic box. Since he's small, his box is also small, and we actually cut the puppy pad into fourths and layer two of them to cover the bottom of the box. When he goes in it, we immediately remove and flush poo, and for pee we replace one or both of the layers of padding. We bought a small metal trash can with a seal-able lid for like $11 at Walmart, and it's special just for his waste-- which prevents the smell of old pads from escaping into the house. If you're near a door to the garage or outside, you can even store the trash can outside.
We always keep the door to the room open so any potential odor does not build up inside the room, and use a baby gate if we don't want him wondering around the house. We also use candles, wax burners, oil burners, etc. at times-- but usually we don't need to, and we have never had a smell issue.
but he is only one dog, a tiny dog at that, and we have been able to clean it up immediately every time. This may not work for everyone, especially if the issue is that you're sometimes not home...
When we used a similar method out our old home before we became his official new family, it worked much more poorly. We were using multiple pads, unable to clean it up right away, the door was almost always closed because we had no gates back then, and the trashcan was a normal wicker one with no lid. It DID smell then, but with the changes we've made now that he is ours, we have no issues.
Last edited by troublechi; 01-18-2016 at 12:31 PM.