I need some advice…
When I first brought puppy home I had his puppy pen in the dining area. When I was home, I would take him to a designated toilet area outside. This area was a little patch of sand at the end of the patio (you wont be able to see it in the photo below). This was about 15meters away from his play area.. not ideal when you taking him to the toilet in the middle of the night as he would sometimes end up going to the toilet along the way.
As you can see, the patio is brick and fairly large: Patio - a set on Flickr
I have since moved his play pen to the other end of the house as it’s a larger area for puppy (3m x 3m), as well as having views of our lounge, kitchen, dining and outside area, so a much better location. The problem though is that this location is about 25-30 meters away from the little sand patch. In the middle of the night, there was no way puppy would be able to hold.. and it’s a bit far for me too when im half asleep in the middle of the night.
With this mind, I have just been letting puppy go to the toilet on the bricks outside his play area, which is easier for us both. The thing is that its not ideal as the patio bricks are covered with poo’s and wee’s. At least they are outside!
So keeping my puppy’s best interests at heart as well as not letting him get into any bad habits, which option do you think would be best:
1: Allow him to keep wee’ing and poo’ing on the patio outside his play area, but I will need to clean up (daily) and perhaps hose down weekly. What I normally do is cover his poo with white sand, so I know where it is (and I don’t stand on it), it seems to make it easier to pickup and clean and when I get around to hosing it down, I have a ‘marker’ for the places I need to hose down
2: Make two puppy toilets (using synthetic grass), one large one and a smaller one. The large one can be place outside his play area on the patio. I will train him to use this area for his toilet (and not just anywhere on the patio). I will also get a smaller puppy toilet, which I will put inside his play pen, which will be used while im at work. Hopefully this will assist puppy going to the correct indoor toilet area while im at work as both toilets (inside one and outside some) will be similar (both are synthetic grass)
What would be a better option (1 or 2)?
Added to the above, toilet training is going well. The are hardly any accidents inside the house when im home as I have become good at knowing when he needs to go to the toilet. Obviously when hes alone in the day, he doesn’t have anyone to take him to the toilet, so he goes in the ‘general’ area of where I put down newspaper.