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This is a discussion on Anyone ever have success with potty pads? within the Housetraining forums, part of the Dog Training and Behavior category; Most everyone has already brought up my thoughts but I will add my pee pad experience. Growing up, my grandparents had yorkies. I mean dozens, ...

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Old 01-14-2016, 01:54 PM
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Most everyone has already brought up my thoughts but I will add my pee pad experience.

Growing up, my grandparents had yorkies. I mean dozens, of yorkies. All ridiculously well cared for, they obsessed over them in their retirement. They used pee pads on top of having an outside, elaborate fenced yard for them. Eventually the dogs learned that yes, pee pads were okay to be peed on - And if for some reason it was cold, or they didn't want to go outside with the others, they could just pee on the pads.

And their house smelled. Horribly. To this day (They are down to four dogs now) it still smells awful. Even when most of them were clean, if one dog would pee it would bring the whole smell back up again. I hated it.
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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.

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on consistency of successful use for those who care....
We have had some trials with ours-- but again, he is an almost 1-year-old dog who has never been properly potty-trained, so some issues are expected. He has successfully used them off-and-on, and is currently back to the using them properly side... this is also my first experience potty-training all on my own, potty-training a grown dog, and potty-training a tiny dog with strange potty habits and food habits that my big dogs didn't have-- so I'm sure some of his off-spells were my fault, while others were just the way it is when trying to potty-train a grown dog. But others here can vouch for the ability to train a dog to use potty pads successfully, while I can vouch for the ability to use them without a horrible-smelling home.
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