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    Hi guys,

    I need some advice on a indoor doggy toilet for my puppy…

    We plan to have a designated toilet area outside (while we are home). This toilet area is mostly sand and gravel at the moment.

    We also need to have an indoor doggy toilet, which will be in the puppy play pen, which will be used when we are not at home.

    After reading Ian Dumbar’s book, “Before you get a puppy”, he suggested something along the lines of “equip a litter box with what will be the dog's eventual toilet material”. With this in mind, if we plan use a combination of inside and outside toilet areas, would it be a good idea to fill his little box with the sand/gravel which we plan to use for his outside toilet area?

    Any suggestions?

    Cheers,
    Robbie

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    I skipped Ian Dunbar's inside toilet and just made sure my dog went outside.

    But I was at home most days enough to let her out for sufficient potty stops.

    If you do combine a puppy play pen with a lab - you may find the pen falls over when the lab puts paws on it and leans... make sure the puppy spends time in there on and off when you are home too. Just to get used to the idea.

    Mine went in a mesh crate when I couldn't supervise her inside (eg washing up or cooking dinner). She could have stayed out for washing dishes but she had an awkward habit of sitting on my washing up bath mat (I splash a lot), behind me - snuggled right up to my ankles so I couldn't move.

    So I guess - all I can recommend is follow Ian Dunbar's suggestion. I tried newspaper and shredded newpaper but she never used those even when it was in the crate with her, she just held on. There were a couple of explosions when she was outside the crate - but that was pretty much after she was crate trained (and toilet trained) and I put it down to tummy upsets. And there were a couple of pee accidents inside the house - again my lack of supervision but - I think being picked up in a towel and rushed out got the message through - that if she wants to pee in peace - she'd better ask to be let out the back door.

    Which is a good trick to train - ie teach dog to sit at back door before you open it (she can go out first if you give her permission to "go" - my dog goes first or she wipes me out blasting by. But she has to wait. And then when we had that sit going, I asked for a bark too - which I had trained in front of her dinner - she'd get very very chatty when I was getting her dinner ready.

    Dog dinner is a great training opportunity - for nice sit stays, drop stays, barking (and quiet) on command, retrieves, shake hands - any trick you want... the dog wants dinner and has to work for it...
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 03-21-2014 at 04:07 PM.

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    So you recon i should try using the litter tray and fill it with the outside sand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robbiepapenfus View Post
    So you recon i should try using the litter tray and fill it with the outside sand?
    Why not ? Make sure the container you have the sand in is quite large for the size of your pup and I would put newspaper under it - just in case of accidents.

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