"He misses the pad sometimes, but I don't care"

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  1. JacksonsMom

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    I just don't get this...

    This is another reason I don't like pad training for adult dogs, really. I mean, whatever floats your boat and stuff, but it still just grosses me out.

    I saw a post on another forum where they basically were just like "Yeah, he misses the pad sometimes. But I don't care. His poop is firm so I just pick it up off the floor/carpet."

    I mean, it's one thing to have a dog who is pad trained who actually goes on the pad 100% of the time... but to just not care if your dog misses it, kinda grosses me out.

    Most pad-trained dogs I read about too mistake rugs for pee pads and most have to wear either diapers or belly bands in other peoples homes so they don't make mistakes... why would anyone want that? *shrugs* I dunno, it's just something I could never deal with in a dog... does anyone feel the same way?
     
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    I'm always worried I'll one day get a dog I just can't housetrain, I want my dogs to go OUTSIDE on their own reliably, as far away from the house as possible.
     
  3. Fran101

    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    I hate the whole pad thing..
    I can't stand animal feces/urine in my house.. doesn't matter if its on a pad or in the middle of the floor lol still gross

    and I've noticed that it starts out as a "stepping stone" for potty training, but a lot of the times, it becomes a crutch and people never get passed the "wee wee pad" stage

    and EVERY ADULT SMALL DOG i've met that uses those pads... isn't even accurate. he goes next to them, around them, on the carpet sometimes, etc..etc..

    Basic training (sit, down, roll over) I could live without. but for me, potty training is a NECESSITY.

    I live in an apartment building, and ya, its harder when you have a puppy but duke it out. its worth it in the end to not have to deal with crap/pee smell in the house lol
     
  4. ~Dixie's_Mom~

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    Yeah, we had Dixie and Lucy pad-trained, and Lucy was 100% reliable but Dixie was NOT by any means. So needless to say, we tried to switch them both to regular house training, but it was really hard when they were used to using the pads. And like you mentioned, Dixie would mistake rugs and things for a pad, and pee on them. Lucy never did. Weirdly, Dixie was MUCH easier to switch to house training, and Lucy would stand outside for 45 minutes without going, and go on a pad as soon as she got inside. :rolleyes: But since she was so reliable about never "missing" or having an accident on the floor, it wasn't a big deal.

    But I'd never have pad-trained dogs again. I know someone who has a dog who's pad-trained, and she's just....a mess. She constantly has accidents on the carpet, rugs, etc, but ALSO uses the pads without "missing". It's weird. She just wants to go where she wants to go. :rolleyes: And the owner works long hours during the day with no one to let the dog out to use the bathroom, so...yeah.
     
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    the pee pad thing is gross to me. The only way I could imagine using it is if I lived in a highrise apt where it might take a while to get downstairs to get the dog outside. Which could be tough while potty training, when their control isn't that good. But aside from that situation, I don't get the pee pad thing. If you can train them to go on a pad, how much harder is it to train them to go outside?
     
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    Totally agree!

    And like you said, ask nearly EVERY person with pad trained dogs if their dog always goes on the pad and the answer is 99% of the time NO... they miss it, sometimes daily.

    I totally admit -- on those BITE freakin' cold nights here where Jackson decides to take 20 minutes to pee, and I'm walking around in 5 degree weather (with the windchill)... pads *would* be a blessing, LOL. but I just suck it up because I just can't stand the whole idea of allowing a dog to think pottying in the house = okay.
     
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    Totally! I can understand it with young pups with little bladder control, or if they aren't old enough to hold it for a while, etc.
     
  8. *blackrose

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    I think the only time I'd ever use a pee pad is if I have to leave my dog for more than eight hours a day and have no possible way of having someone let it out to pee. Then it would be ex-penned on a hard surface with the pee pad on one end and the food/water/bed/what have you on the other.

    And I do use them with the ferrets. My two new ones like to poop BY the litterboxes, not in them...the pee pads save my life (and the carpet).
     
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    I hate it, and have had a lot of dogs in my life - none of which even started house training with a puppy pad.
     
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    We live on the 52nd floor of an apartment building.

    Romeo does not use pads lol

    but yea, I understand that in some cases, they are necessary. I would just not make the choice if I had any other options

    honestly, I'd rather do one of those doggy litterboxes/grass things

    I feel like with systems like these, it would be harder for a dog to miss or "not get it" and go anywhere. because its above the floor, they have to step ON IT and its real grass lol

    and it feels like NOTHING inside your house so they can't really get confused about where its ok to potty

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    this one is actually real grass lol
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    In my old neighborhood, I had these neighbors that trained their dog to use strips of carpeting in the basement as a bathroom. I couldn't believe the urine smell in that house from ONE toy poodle!

    All my dogs will be trained to potty outside! I'm really not keen on dog feces inside the house. [​IMG]
     
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    I once knew a woman who trained her dogs to go in the shower stall in the second bathroom. Every day she put down a thick layer of newspaper, and that was it. I seriously doubt those poor dogs even knew what grass under their paws felt like!
     
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    No pee-pads, no thank you. That is one of the HUGE PERKS of dog ownership as opposed to say, rat ownership IMO. Dogs (well, the vast majority of them) can be trained to, with 99.999% reliably, GO OUTSIDE.

    Its freaking sweet. No cage cleaning, no "I wonder if I have a pile somewhere in the house" when you come home, no tainted carpet (because once pee or diarrhea has been sitting IN the carpet, and has seeped down and dried, I have my doubts that it TOTALLY comes out... and if one spot is soiled repeatedly as with a dog that misses the pad? it will smell)

    So yeah. I'm a big fan of animals using the outdoors for their business. I've had caged pets (only rats and rabbits) and I'm happy I don't have indoors anymore. With the exception of birds, snakes (they "go" like once a week, which I can deal with), little lizards and fish, I'd rather keep my future home caged-pet free. And I think I'd only get birds if I lived in a place warm enough that I could keep them outside. Also, I want tile and hardwood throughout my future house. There won't be a single piece of carpet in the place...

    I hope I never have to use pee pads for my dogs. lol
     
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    I hate when pad-trained dogs board at the clinic, because they ALWAYS PEE IN THEIR CAGES! It's so annoying.

    I'd never have a pad-trained dog. I did use them occasionally for my foster chihuahua, but that was because he kinda wasn't supposed to be there and I had to let him pee *somewhere* until I got him to my parents' house lol.

    There have been times I really, really wish I had one of those grass patch thingys. Like last winter when it was -12 and Gavroche's pads were so sore because of all the ice and snow, and we lived on the 3rd floor.

    I do know someone that has a service dog that has trained their dog to go in the bathtub when they can't get them out, or when the dog needs to go out NOW (like diarrhea) and they can't get there fast enough.
     
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    I wish I could train my dogs to poo and pee in the toilet. They're tall enough they could totally do it.
     
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    I do not like those pad things. My dogs go outside.

    I get frustrated that the cats require litterboxes. I can NOT have dogs that would do that.
     
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    I saw someone say once that if it's physically possible for the dog, it can be taught... :rofl1:
     
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    Mine use pee pads. Yes, they are reliable, no they don't smell. Every time one is soiled, even a little bit, I change it and wipe down the area where it was with bleach.

    Really, if they aren't using the pad then they aren't really trained to use it. Mine were confined with the pads until they were using only one in a certain area reliably. It's just like litter box training your dog. My house doesn't smell, and my dogs and I aren't freezing on a regular basis. Works for us.
     
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    Awesome!! Kaia is totally tall enough to sit on the toilet seat no problems. Buahaha. Some day, if I ever figure it out, it may hit youtube. :rofl1: I bet she could learn to flush as well.
     
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    I know for a fact dogs can flush...I know several people with SDs that flush the toilet ;)
     

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