Post # 1
My husband and I are eventually going to get a dog. We will be gone during the day, like most people. Most dogs are okay with this. Kind of worried that the dog we get cannot wait that long to go to the restroom.
A co-worker who doesnt work with us anymore, told me that she provides fake grass for her dog. The poop stays on the grass while the pee collects below. I forgot what the product is called. She said a lot of times her dog cannot wait until she comes home after work. So she got the product.
Anyway, if you own a dog and your dog cannot wait until you get home, what do you have for your dog to use? I guess I want to get ideas of what we can use in case the dog we get cannot wait.
Thanks for the help bees.
Post # 2
Earlybride: hi! we have a fur baby who is little (size-wise, tiny bladder). there’s no way she could go 8 hours in between potty breaks. hell, I couldn’t go that long. we have potty pads for ours. you can get them at any pet store–the brand we use is called lil squirts, lol–and basically it’s absorbent on top and has a plastic/moisture resistent back so that any, ahem, deposits, don’t get onto your floor. <br />
we put our baby’s pad in the bathroom. that’s where we go to potty so she’s no different. we trained her to use those like we trained her to tell us when she needs to go out. it’s so much easier that way. especially when we run late getting home from work, or we leave her at our parents house or something if we’re out of town; we know that she won’t go on the floor as long as she has the pad.
Post # 3
Earlybride: i actually had someone tell me once they had their dog trained to potty in a litter box. if cats use them, why cant dogs?
Post # 4
Earlybride: My dogs are crated so they don’t need a potty place. But the youngest one did have the puppy pads for a while. If you are getting a puppy they definitely won’t be able to hold it. I’ve heard of that fake grass stuff, wonder if it works? Like how do you clean it? I’d love a place for them to go in the middle of winter. It was really bad last year.
Post # 5
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Like MrsHalpert we have a small dog and sometimes work long hours so he cant hold it all day. We also use potty pads and have trained him to use them in the laundry room.
Post # 6
We have a fur baby, he is 9 lbs and he is house trained to use pee pads. We keep it in the corner of our laundry room. When he was smaller he would use often, but now that he is older, he will try to hold it unti I get home from work bc he knows I take him out. I am so glad we trained him, its very convienant when its -40 outside and a blizzard haha
Post # 7
I don’t work, so we just take our dog out for walks every few hours or let him out in the yeard, but I’ve seen products like this http://www.petco.com/product/110956/The-Pet-Loo-Indoor-Yard-Training-System-for-Dogs-And-Cats.aspx?CoreCat=Related_Products
Post # 8
We keep our dog crated when we’re not home but because of our work schedules, he’s only in there for about 5-6 hours even though he can hold it for longer if he had to.
Before we got him, I considered getting him a “Puppy Apartment” which is supposed to help potty train puppies and older dogs who may not be able to hold it for very long. It’s basically a crate with a divided bed and bathroom area, so if the dog has to go, he/she just goes over to the bathroom area while still being contained inside the crate.
Here’s a video – http://youtu.be/IPQAazegMQg
Potty pads in an exercise pen or in a non carpeted room also works.
Post # 9
We keep a piddle pad in our bathroom for our dog to use. I prefer them because you just pick it up and throw it away. I’ve seen the fake grass stuff and it gets smelly, it can spill and you have to clean it.
Post # 10
I would say it depends on the age and size of the dog. Smaller/younger need to go more often. I have a 50 lb dog and he definitely does not need to go while we are at work, he can wait. Sometimes he even wont go for a while after he is outside once we are home. He has never had an accident in the house. He was crated for a while until he was about 1.5, now he stays in one bedroom during the day. Now when he was really little, like 8-12 weeks, I came home and let him out at lunch. I wouldn’t use the potty pads unless you plan on using them for the life of your dog, it will be harder to potty train a dog that you allow to go in the house for a while and then not anymore…
Post # 11
Hello! I have a small Chihuahua that stays in the main floor when we are both at work (7-8 hours). She has a pee pad in the corner that isn’t visible to guests. The pee pad isn’t anything fancy, it’s literally a plastic shoe mat with raised edges and newspaper on top. I clean it 3 times a day (morning, home from work, and before we sleep) and sanitize weekly.
Post # 12
I have a 58 pound boxer that is crate trained. When we are at work or away she is in her crate. (she likes to eat stuff besides her toys sometimes if she has free reign). We work 8 hour days and she holds it just fine. There have been times when somethign has come up and she’s been crated longer than that and is ok. Like a PP said, it really depends on the size and age of the dog.
Post # 13
Nope! Our puggle can hold it multiple hours. We never leave her more than a regular work day. But she can hold it for 10-11 hours.
However, when she was a puppy I went home every day at lunch to let her out. Puppies have smaller bladders but once she hit 9 months or so, we started leaving her all day.
Post # 14
We come home at lunch to let our dogs out, but on the rare occasion we can’t make it home they hold it just fine. I would ONLY consider a potty pad of some sort with a very small dog. My dogs are 35 and 40 lbs and I can’t imagine coming home to a big poo in the corner of my house…so gross lol.
Post # 15
We have three dogs. A pit bull a basset hound and a shih the and other than the occasional accident they are very well trained to go outside. We have friends who have a tiny tiny chi. who has a potty pad in their house and I guess it is a decent option for small dogs as long as you don’t mind them going around the pad as often as on the pad…. but not for me.