(Closed) Getting a puppy soon- need advice!

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
799 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@vintagemodernbride:  There are wee-wee pads that can be used indoors.  Just google them.  The problem I’ve heard though is that the dog can learn that it is okay to pee in the house.  

Post # 5
3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I would just walk her down the block a ways. Be sure you bring baggies with to pick up her poo. Nothing bothers me more than dog owners who just let it lie…

Post # 7
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would just take her further out where less dogs go.

As far as pee-pads, I hate those things. They only serve to confuse the dog, you train it that using the bathroom inside is okay, and then you have to re-train the dog to go outside. It just prolongs the process. (And also if you use pee-pads, be prepared for the dog to pee/poop on any newspaper, magazine, etc., that’s on the floor because they’ve been trained use something laid down on the floor as their bathroom area.) Taking them outside from the get-go is best.

Post # 9
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Do you have any spot of outside land that is just yours, or is all the gardens outside area communal/shared?

It’s going to be a tough few months, but train her to go outside.. even if other dogs use it. That way the puppy will get into the routine expected of it in the future ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I wouldn’t use wee wee pads they are just a disaster waiting to happen. If you start out encouraging the pup to go outdoors you will be much more successful, especially with smaller breeds.

For apartments there is always this option too: http://www.porchpotty.com/ My mom uses it and she loves the freedom it gives the dogs to go onto the balcony during the training stages. She left the sliding glass door open and it allowed the pups to understand that when you need to go, go outside.

Post # 12
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@lotam240: Honestly the pee pads aren’t hard to train them off of. Do you have a balcony at all? I’d suggest a pee pad on the balcony (or fake grass or the like) that way it’s outside and she’ll associate outside with doing her business but it’s not anywhere near other dogs

You really want to be careful – parvo can be picked up from pee, poo or bodily fluids (think a puddle that another dog licked out of). I’ve worked at a vet clinic for 4 years and parvo does the most damage on really young puppies.

If you do decide to just take her further than where the other dogs do their business make sure she doesn’t walk through the grass or any areas that might have been soiled. For this route I’d suggest carrying her at least until she gets fully vaccinated.

Post # 14
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@vintagemodernbride:  No problem! My sister has a 6 month old puppy and he used pee pads until he was 3 months – they’re disposable after a few uses and they don’t tend to smell. It’s very true that they get up quite a bit to pee and won’t warn you in the beginning.

Any problems or questions feel free to message me, I love helping out with puppies ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@vintagemodernbride:  Also make sure you at least keep the hair on her face trimmed. I don’t know if you know about this but many owners don’t – their vision can become compromised if their eyes are covered for long periods of time (i.e. excessive hair growth)

It’s not hard to do yourself if you get a pair of blunt-tip scissors and get her really comfortable with them around her face (before you actually start hair cutting!). But if you prefer you can have it professionally done! I just find many places are expensive.

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