How do we housetrain Coton de Tulear puppy if we live in an apartment. building?

by Nadeepa
(Canada)

I really like your site, we just got our puppy yesterday. This is the first time I've had a dog and I live on the 10th floor of a condo building. Is it possible to train our puppy to wait to go outside?


Most books I've read seem to infer that I'd be living in a house so that I can take pup outside every 30 minutes. Does it make more sense to train it to go in a litter box?

I have to admit I am a bit overwhelmed by the training because I really do want our puppy to be good.

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Mar 09, 2011
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Litter training
by: Anonymous

You may find it interesting to read this post about someone who is successfully training their Coton to use a litter box.

http://www.coton-de-tulear-care.com/our-little-coton-de-tulear-polly.html

Mar 09, 2011
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Cotons - hard to train to use litter box?
by: Anonymous

Hi there! I am thinking about getting a coton poodle mix. My only doubt is because I heard cotons are hard to housebreak. I am hoping it would not be that hard, since one of the parents is a toy poodle. We also have a cat that uses litter box, and since cotonpoo is a small dog, I consider train him to use a litter box. I should probably separate their litter boxes, but haven't figured it out yet how to organize.

Aug 24, 2010
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gus the wonder dog
by: judi

i too was overwhelmed when i got 'gus', the best little dog i could have wished for, we just love him. i think it just takes longer than we realize, about 2 months for your dog to really get it. i did the doggy pads, different sprays, watching him like a hawk, taking him out constantly,etc. then the vet told me to take him out on a leash and stay with him(no longer than 10 to 15 min) and to give him a treat the minute he went and to only use that treat for potty training, use it for nothing else. it worked, gus soon learned to go to door and wait,now he is almost 2 and trained really well but now we have a new problem that just started 2 or 3 months ago. if we go away and are gone very long, maybe 3 hrs. gus will not use dog door and has been going in living room, i don't know how to solve this, has anyone else experienced this problem? also, he is very sad when we leave him and we try not to but this new problem is driving us crazy, not to the point of ever giving him up, cotons have the cutest personalities i have ever seen, he has been just a total joy to us. hang in there, it will be worth it. .

Aug 10, 2010
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Puppy training an apartment dwelling Coton de Tulear
by: Gale

Being overwhelmed with a new puppy is totally normal. Living in an apartment can have some challenges and you may want to start out with newspaper training or use pee pads until the puppy gets a little older and doesn't have to go so often.

Read this suggestion from one of our visitors, Iris, who had success training her dog Tuffy using pee pads when they lived in an apartment.




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Is it possible to dual potty-train a coton puppy?

How do I dual potty train a coton puppy and is it possible? I plan to have him go outside most of the time but I also want to teach him to potty inside on the ugodog (and only the ugodog, not my carpets :) maybe like once or twice a day just enough for him to know he can use it. Will this work, or because he will go in the yard most of the time or on a walk will he become reluctant to go inside on the ugodog? I just want him to have an indoor option if we are away and he has to go or if we or he gets sick in the future, or if our work situation ever changes and we have to be away from the home more, etc.
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Jul 09, 2015
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by: Vicky & Jonah


http://modernpuppies.com/pottytrainingpuppyapartment.aspx




Yes just keep PADS down @ all times starting out until they really get it & praise crazy every time they use PADS. Also above is link of secondary potty station if your not really sure about PADS & works well for travel.



Jul 08, 2015
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by: Anonymous

My coton is dual trained. It just happened because in the beginning he only went on his wee wee pad. When we started taking him out for walks he pee peed. His only pees outside. Saves the Poo for his paper but that's fine with me. He never has accidents and I say he just got the hang of both. Great dogs they are.

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Has anyone used the UgoDog system to indoor house train their dog?

It's a plastic beige tray with two smooth grates on top used for dogs. The dog sits on top of the grates and does his or her business. Want to know if anyone is familiar with it and if so, if they use it successfully for their dog to go to the bathroom on it (potty and poop).

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Jan 15, 2014
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Replying to the Jan 14th post NEW
by: Anonymous

To the Jan. 14th reply, thank you very much. The information you provided is very helpful since it seems not many people are familiar with the UgoDog system.

Jan 14, 2014
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by: Anonymous

My puppy was trained to go outdoors, then retrained indoors with a pee pad, and eventually transitioned easily to the ugodog. He potties and pees on the ugodog. Oddly he uses one side for pee and the other side for potty. Can't comment on whether he likes it or not, but he knows to go to the ugodog to do his business and nowhere else.
There is always someone at home with him. Maybe that why the transition was easy. It is winter here, so he hasn't been outside for a couple of months now. I know others who have successful trained their puppies to use the ugodog, although theirs is a Maltese, but I don't think that should matter.
For the first week only, I've given him a reward after using the designated area for washroom. Maybe he learned from there...
Hope this helps. If you have other question please feel free to ask.
I'll check back here within a few days.
Dave

Jan 12, 2014
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Responding to the Jan 12th post with questions... NEW
by: Anonymous

To the Jan. 12th post, could you pls. tell me more? I really want to use this if we get a puppy and you are the only other coton person I am aware of who is trying the UgoDog. Our 13 1/2 year old dog is too old and won't use it so I sent it back. But if we get a puppy, I want to indoor train him to use it as a permanent thing. I thought maybe if I train from a puppy it would work. Does he do both potty and poop on it or just potty? Is he taking to it well? And do you work full time or part time or stay at home? Thanks.

Jan 12, 2014
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by: Anonymous

I am using ugodog right now. Despite its price, I am happy with the product. My dog no longer steps on his pee and tracks it all over the home. I do use the pee pads inside to keep the odor levels down.

Dec 23, 2013
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by: sherry cotton candie

sorry, I know nothing about this system. I do use pee pads inside whenever dogs are left alone for any length of time. They work great. Just toss them out and no mess to clean up.

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Thoughts on indoor potty station

We might get a coton. I am still not sure yet. My heart says yes, mind says no. Husband says he wants one. I keep emailing the breeder. Anyway, if we get one, I want to train it on the ugodog as well as outside. (Ugodog is like a pee pad but it is sturdier and the grates can be cleaned and you can put a pee pad underneath it and then just switch out the pads when they are used.)

Here is my question: I have two options to put the ugodog, either in our very small galley kitchen where guests can see it and wonder if they want food from our kitchen since our dog goes to the bathroom on the ugodog grate in our kitchen, OR in our 2nd bedroom where I work all day and where we have carpeting, where guests cannot see it and where we do not have to feel like we have to explain to guests or worry if our dog uses it in front of the guests. I would put a vinyl tablecloth underneath it in the 2nd bedroom so if anything got missed hopefully it would just get on the tablecloth that I could wipe up.
The 2nd bedroom would also allow the dog more privacy than being in the center of the kitchen where food is often being cooked and where his dog food bowls would not be that far away from (just around the corner).

I heard better not to put in a room where there is carpeting, but those are really our only two options, each have their drawbacks. I really want this to work.

Those are really my only two options, as our bathroom is too small to fit it. It's a very small house.

Any thoughts cotonworld? Thank you.

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Jul 01, 2015
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by: Vicky & Jonah

PS. I felt your pain also w/your pup. I had one w/legs calves disease yrs ago b4 they knew much on it. After operation he had to be crated if I was gone so as not to jump & carried in & out for 6 months. When he got older again it b/c hard on him & the crate setup would of worked perfect. (-:)

Jul 01, 2015
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by: Vicky & Jonah

I'm not sure on potty station the price since I never went through the payment section. I had seen it on another Coton website & lady said approx. $400. Which seems like alot but she said fewer wasted pads (which aren't cheap) I to concur w/what u said as they get older cross training is good.

The reason I bookmarked it I to thought if I were to get another puppy I like the idea. All I have read has been positive. Jonah was dulled train on pads but as they get older & u use them every so often it seems like they forget & just wait to go out.

In AZ very seldom do you have rain but when u do it comes down fast & water ends up deep. As w/any dog they love to swim but hate to get their feet wet. LOL. So bathroom is a challenge. Traveling back to family in winter theirs snow. Staying at hotels in the west their is mostly cement which is hot even though the motel allows pets. The crate would be a great solution.

The crate is collapsible & I to thought wow I wish I would of invented that. Anyway let us know if you do decide that route I would love future feedback to learn more & what you feel pros & cons.

Again the feedback from the other site on people that have tried it has been very positive.

Jul 01, 2015
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by: Anonymous

Thank you Vicky and Jonah for the suggestion of the website modernpuppies.com. I am in the process of reading it and am very excited to read about this new indoor option. I am thinking it could work! I have to see if my husband will be open to me trying it but without your suggestion, I would never have known about this new option. It might be even better than ugodog or pee pads alone because the crate allows the dog to center themselves on the pad (and potty (and poop) if there is any remains contained in the center of the pad and in the crate as opposed to rolling off or getting spilled onto other areas of the home. I also like that the dog can eliminate in the separate section of the crate and not have to hold it and that there is another section where the dog can lay down away from the bathroom area. I have been reading the website and there are many many very satisfied customers. I am encouraged. Thank you!

Jun 30, 2015
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by: Anonymous

Thanks everyone for your comments. Well to the person who is stumped about why some might desire to train their coton to go outside as well as an indoor station, as some people have explained, there are reasons why some would like to train their coton both indoor and outdoors. Our situation has many reasons. One being that our coton who passed away in April of this year developed heart disease, we had to give him diuretics to manage the heart disease. The diuretics made him have to go potty more. For over 3 years I had to carry him in and out about 20 times a day because we have a step that he was too old to get up and down from. Because he was never trained to go in a designated place indoors, he refused to try this when he was old.

It was not easy for me to carry him 20 times a day for over 3 years. Rain, shine, ice, cold, snow, I had to carry him. One time I almost slipped on the ice with him my arms taking him out to do his business. Another time he slipped and fell himself when he was not in my arms. If he had an indoor option, it would help if either we or the coton ever became sick.

Plus, what if we can't be home in time? Then he has an acceptable place to go if he is uncomfortable.

But since it did not work for our old coton, I heard best chances are to try with a puppy from the very start.

Jun 29, 2015
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by: sherry cotton candie

I would use the bedroom---more discreet and appetizing in the event you have guests. I have used bathroom and also keep one in my utility room. I am a fan of pee pads as I feel its not in their best interest to make them wait hours to go if I am away.

I only put pads down (no potty station) and they do use them.
Like you have been told they only use it once so now that I have two dogs I will put down two and sometimes three if they have not
done poopy before I leave.

Good luck with your new one and let us hear how it goes.

Jun 29, 2015
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Reply to Jasmine and Sharon
by: Anonymous

Hello,
Just wanted to respond to your comment.
I trained Bailey as a puppy to use the potty pads because I live alone and work twelve hour shifts. I was concerned that she would not have the ability to hold her bladder during my long work hours. I had waited many years to have a pet because of that concern as well as others.
It has been a blessing to have such an intelligent and flexible sweetheart. Not long ago I had a medical condition which did not allow me to walk, other than bathroom privileges. That meant I could not take Bailey outside. I had no one to do so. Thankfully, Bailey is an adult now and was trained to use the pads.
Additionally, not ALL Coton's enjoy going out in bitter cold and snowy or wet conditions. Bailey DOES NOT. Which is perfectly fine.
This method works for us. Fortunately for you, your able to shovel the snow and have a Coton who goes outdoors happily. Hope your never in a situation such as I was.

Jun 29, 2015
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by: Jasmine and Sharon

Jasmine is now 2 years old and goes outside like most dogs do. I don't understand why you guys use pads??? I live in Michigan where it is really cold in the winter but she runs out in the snow trails I shovel for her, does her business and comes back in. Why so much fuss? I am stumped.

Jun 29, 2015
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Ugo Potty
by: Anonymous

Hello,
I am very familiar with the Ugo Dog potty system.
I purchased it for my Coton when she was a puppy. She did not like to go on the grates. She would happily use the potty pads but absolutely would not go on the grates. So, I just laid the potty pads on the plastic base and took off the grates. That protected the flooring beneath it. That worked fine while she was small, but as she grew, the area provided by the Ugo Dog was too small. I then purchased a plastic carpet runner and cut it to fit the area she was currently using and just place the potty pads over that. I immediately dispose of pads after use. This has worked perfectly for us. My Coton is indoor outdoor trained. So, she really only needs to use the pads when weather is too I climate to go outside. Also, as an adult dog, she has good bladder control, so use is minimal.
As far as where to place the pads, definitely, place them in a more private area. If you adequately protect the carpet below, you should have no problem. As a puppy, there may be an accident once in awhile near the pad area just because it takes them a little while to judge space and their placement on the pads. But, if you place protection over the carpet extending beyond the actual Ugo Dog or pads, it's not much of a problem.
You must remove soiled pads as soon as possible. Dogs will not reuse a soiled pad.
Hope this helps and wishing you good luck!!

Jun 29, 2015
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Puppy Apartment potty station
by: Vicky #Jonah

http://modernpuppies.com/

Here is a secondary option to potty station which involves a crate

Jun 29, 2015
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by: Deb in TN

My coton has to have privacy when she uses her potty pad. She will not use it if anyone is in the room. When she uses the potty outside, she has to go to the other side of the yard away from me. My trainer said that issue is very normal.

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Is anyone's Coton indoor potty and poop trained?

Has anyone indoor potty and indoor poop trained their coton? Did you use the UgoDog or newspaper? Is this a good solution for you and does it make your house smell?

We have a 13 1/2 year old coton. He may die within a year or so because he has a heart problem. I want to maybe get another one later but since we have a step to go outside, I can no longer lift him he is too heavy so I was wondering if it would work to indoor potty and poop train if it were a puppy.

Husband says because it gets too hard to lift the dog over the step we can't get another dog later because our house is not designed well with the step and we have to carry him in and out all day each time he has to go to the bathroom. (Because he is old, he can't make it up step anymore so he has to be lifted often).

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Jul 29, 2014
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by: Cathy & Jasmine

I have to add another comment to this, funny someone mentioned peeing on command! Jasmine has recently started doing this. Right before we are ready for bed (yes she sleeps in bed with me - I'm bad!) I will say to her, "go pee pee before bed:, and she will look at me and go right over to her pad and pee and jump on my lap and wait for me to push her, she loves rides in my wheelchair, to our room. They are very smart, sometimes too smart! Very easy to train.

Jul 28, 2014
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by: Ochie

My coton is 7 months old. I got him when he was 8 weeks old. He was potty trained in a week he was at our house. I put the potty pad at 2 locations at first to train him. After a month, I just left one pad, at the corner by the kitchen. He knows where to go now for his pee and poop. In fact, he lets us know when he poops..because we wash his bum-bum. He would bark to let us know he pooped. When I tell him "wash bum-bum" he would put his front paw on my arm so I could carry him to the bathroom sink. He would squat with his bum protruding on the sink, his legs on the counter while I wash him. We wipe his bum with towel after.
Because he is trained to pee and poop on the pad, when we go for walks, sometimes he will wait until we get home to pee or poop. He also pees on command. Before bedtime and clean up, we would tell him to go potty and he would go to the pad and pee.
He loves his clean-up before bedtime which involves, cleaning around his eyes to make sure he does not get the tear, massaging his gums and brushing his teeth and finally, brushing and combing his hair. It is a 30-minute ritual we do every night.
After every walk out, he has clean up. We wash and shampoo his paws and belly. He just sits on the sink and enjoys it.
He is the best!! We are an older couple in our mid 60's.

Feb 18, 2014
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by: Anonymous

Hi, I wrote this original post and have noticed that many of the dogs where the owners have trained indoor to use potty pads are females. Does anyone have a male dog and that also successfully uses the pee pads without often missing the pad? And do they do both or just potty? Thanks.

Dec 21, 2013
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by: Vicky & Jonah

I just noticed my auto correct changed AKC to Mac below on artificial turf.

Dec 21, 2013
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indoor potty
by: sherry cotton candie

To answer your question about the house smelling, no as a rule it never does. the urine is absorbed by the pad and i always throw it out as soon as we get home. on maybe two or so occasions if Candie (she has anal problems at times) will have a loose stool it will be a little smelly but a spray of lysol and it is gone. the pads are always tossed out right away.

Like i said before it is so much easier than having messes on the tile or carpet. I buy the Out moisture control training pads and love them. Never a urine odor.

Dec 20, 2013
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Home does not stink
by: Anonymous

Neither my sisters or my home stinks. (We use only indoor disposable pads. We buy them in a package of 30 for $19.99 at a national chain drug store. The pads are 30" x 36" so are very large.) We do not leave the pads down more than a day if that long. I usually use two a day.

Using toilet paper, as soon as I see any poop on the pad, I pick it up from the pad and flush it down the commode. Usually her poop is firm and does not mess up the pad after she goes. If she, for some reason, has too soft poop that can not be picked up and would be unsightly, I clean up as much as I can off the pad and replace the pad with a new one. Wet pads are placed in a sealed plastic trash bag. Normally, she just wets on the pad and only after a feeding does she poop. The pads that I use are really large thick disposable pads that are sold for folks to use on a bed so they hold a lot of moisture and wick it away. They are very absorbent and the pee soaks into the pad but does not wet the floor due to the plastic liner on the underside of the pad. Our Heidi has her potty pads in the laundry room which has a sealed tile floor. I guess if we left the pad for days, it would smell but that is not what we do.

Dec 20, 2013
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by: Anonymous

For those of you who are letting your dogs relieve themselves in the house on pads - doesn't your house stink?

Dec 19, 2013
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by: KATHY FROM PA

First of all, I am sorry that you may be losing your pup...Thirteen years is a long time..I don't know what to say about the potty training, but I just wanted to say that I hope at some point you will get another Coton..They are the best little balls of love..Best wishes, Kathy and Triscuit

Dec 19, 2013
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by: sherry cotton candie

Both of mine are potty trained and do well when taken outside. I do however, keep pee pads down when we leave them home alone. Sometimes they are used, sometimes not - but I feel better about having them down. So much easier than having a mess or making them hold it.

Dec 19, 2013
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Wasable reusable piddle pads
by: Barb (Alb)

I have been using the washable reusable pads for 17 years. I used them for 14 years for my older coton and now I am using them for my 3 year old. He uses them when I am not available. He is trained to still go outside but he knows to use them if I can't be there. We always can't be there when they need to go, so this works out fine.

The pads are good for 300 washes. I don't have to feel guilty if I go somewhere and I can't be home to let him out.

Dec 19, 2013
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by: Cathy & Jasmine

Jasmine is potty pad trained to go in our home. When I first got her she was 15 months old and trained to go outside. I live alone and I am also in a wheelchair. So going outside especially at night was rather scary. Per my sister in laws directions she suggested I place two potty pads in two areas of my home. In less that one week she re-trained herself. It's so much easier for me I never have to worry about the weather or what critters we may run into at night. She is so well trained that no matter where she is in our home or what she is doing at that time, she will run to which ever pad is closest and do her pee and or poop. If I am busy she will make sure to come and let me know that she was a good girl and wants to be rewarded! She is now almost 5, and if the time comes that I'm looking to get a second Coton I will potty pad train as well.


Dec 19, 2013
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by: Vicky & Jonah

I have done both so when travel or rainy it makes easier. I have used both pad & the Mac artificial Turf station.

U can pick up an all artificial turf one cheap for around $10-$20 try Ross. U can chg. Turf by buying a piece at a Home Depot.

This might sound weird but if u put a little of your pee on turf it will help train.It can go inside or outside it door.

Per PADS usually already come with a scent. Good luck.


Dec 19, 2013
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Yes, both have two cotons indoor potty trained
by: Anonymous

Both my sister and I have cotons. My dog is 8 years old and hers is much older and was a rescue. I obtained Heidi as a pup. We both bought the puddle pads or training pads sold at local pet stores for training pups as they are made to attact dogs to the pads for poop and peeing. Both dogs started using the pads. Later, we switched to the underpads designed for humans as they were cheaper. My sister saw a news story that said dog pads and human underpads were made a the same factory and just had different packaging wrappers. Both dogs only use the pads in the home. Both dogs do not go outside to relieve themselves unless we are on a cross country trip. For that we took a pad and laid it out in the grass to give them the idea of where to go. Later, they used the roadside grass as they got the idea that the roadside grass with the pad was still an okay spot. We find the largest size pet types and the human designed disposable underpads are great. We have used the pads indoors for years. No going in or outside or carrying dogs to take them out in all sorts of weather is necessary or ever needed. Sure is nice to not have to let them or carry them outside to go! Makes life so much better. The dogs due manage to go on the pads and seldom miss their pads and have pee on the edge of the pads. If so, Nature's Miracle or Woolite pet type products for accidents quickly clean up the spot and leave no scent or soil. Great products to have on hand for rare needs.

Dec 19, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Yes, I trained my 9 month old Coton to use a pee pad in the house. Her pad is in her pen area that also has one of her beds, some toys, water, etc.....when we are home I leave the door open, she know to go to her pad......then when she is home alone I close the door to pen and she has everything she needs while I am not home and I know she is safe and sound. She also does know to go outside, but I didn't start with outside until she was consistent with the pee pee pad inside. I was worried she would get confused, but so far so good. Bonus, what a great convenience especially if it is raining out or really late at night. I found the best pee pads at Costco.

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Ugodog indoor potty vs. outdoor potty

by Lana
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Hello - I have questions about starting our new Coton puppy using the Ugodog indoor potty or other indoor potty system when we bring him home.

He will be 12 weeks old when we get him and we want our Coton to go outside to use the bathroom. I'm concerned that if we start him off using the Ugodog potty until he has better bladder/bowel control,(which is what was recommended to us) it will be difficult to get him trained strictly to go outside using the poochie bell system. It might be a difficult habit to break and confusing for him.

If it's better to start him going outside straight from the get-go and not even use an indoor method, that's fine. I'm expecting accidents regardless as that goes with having a puppy. Does anyone have any experience with this? Trying to use the best method.

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Jul 03, 2014
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by: Vicky & Jonah

I have never used it but on items like this I like to read Amazon reviews where you get multiple conclusions

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by: Iris

LOL That IS the question. I have posted on this issue in the past. Long story shorter, Tuffy used pee pads until he was a couple of month old, no accidents either(just make sure to removethe soiled pad and replace it immediately. I was able to take him outside(which he prefers, as all dogs like to scent mark their territory)most of the time, then I had an accident and as not able to walk him outdoors.We do not have a fenced yard so I had to tell Tuffy he is a" good boy it's okay to go peepee/poop on the paper" that I put near the door to the outside. The Coton is a very smart and agreeable dog, they understand everything, they are mind readers,of that I am sure. Tuffy does use the pee pad if I don't get up when he begs me to take him out. He will do a little jump up repeatedly, "gotta go now", or sit patiently by the door.He will hold it as long as he can, then use the pee pad if it's the last resort. I bought the plastic tray at PetSmart that clips the pad down and doesn't let the pad shift or fold. I keep the pee pad tray on a cotton rug to protect the carpet so Tuffy's wet paws can blot on that.Tuffy usually gives one sharp bark to say,Hey Mom, I made on the paper! Then he brings me a toy to play or his kong for a liver treat. I still take him outside on leash in good weather about five times a day. He likes to let the neighbor dog know he's there(by peeing and pooping in a distance that dog will smell) It's kind of hilarious watching him pace out his distance to make sure the other dog can smell him where he is going potty in the yard.
Good luck with your darling dog.
love,Tuffy's mom.

Jul 03, 2014
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Our experience with Heidi
by: Anonymous

Heidi will be 9 years old next month. We have used puppy pads regularly the entire time since she was a new puppy but she can also go outside to potty when given the opportunity. We love having it both ways. When the weather is bad or she is home alone, she uses her puppy pad. When we travel, she has no problem going outside. We can also be in an unfamiliar hotel but if I put down a puppy pad, she knows that is where she can go and does not panic. Looking back over the years, having Heidi able to both go outside and yet still be puppy pad trained is a perfect solution for us. I am now a retired older person. This solution works for my need to provide for Heidi's needs if I am not physically able just then to take her or let her outdoors due to my own health limitations.

Jul 02, 2014
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Ugo dog versus Outdoor Potty
by: Anonymous

This is a subject I'm very familiar with.

You are likely to get a variety of opinions regarding this question. I will tell you what my experience has been. I started my Coton on puppy pads which I placed in her play pen right from the start. Puppies have very small bladders and little ability to hold their pee for very long. She very quickly learned to use the puppy pads but I also took her outdoors frequently. You must determine what verbiage you are going to use such as "go potty, etc.." Every time you take puppy outdoors just keep using that cue. If puppy does pee or have stool, give lots of praise, even a tiny treat. Keep the pee pads readily available indoors, as well. Again, rewarding puppy when they use it. As puppy matures and their bladders have the ability to last longer, you would likely discover, as I have, that dogs prefer to go outdoors.

All of this will depend on your life style. If you are home a lot, it is probably best to use the potty bells and train to go outside. In my case, I work a variety of shifts and can be away from home for long periods of time. This worked perfectly for me. Now my Coton is an adult and rarely needs to use the pee pads.

I did try to Ugo Dog system for her but she did not like it at all. I just found that she preferred the pee pads if she had to use them.

These little dogs are crazy smart. There was no confusion for my girl. Again, I can only speak from my experience. What you chose to do depends largely on your life style and ability to frequently take your puppy outdoors.

Hope this helps. Enjoy your puppy, be very patient whatever method you use. They learn quickly, be consistent and give lots of positive rewards !

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