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Old 12-30-2015, 12:58 PM
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Dorothy is usually VERY good about doing her business outside. From the very first day we adopted her at 2.5 yrs old she never had an accident in the house. But over the last few days it was NASTY here. I mean, really awful. Freezing rain, ice pellets, 80km/h winds. Just terrible!

So, I can't really blame her for not wanting to go outside! The last few days I had to put on her harness and actually walk her out front because our back stairs were frozen and slippery.

Anyway, despite taking her out MORE than she would normally ask on her own, she peed once and pooped once in the house. Once on the front door mat and the other time on the bath mat. Drives me nuts since I have ZERO carpet in my home and doing her business on the TILE would be much easier to clean up!!!

But this triggered a memory of something the foster told me when we got Dorothy. She told me she was both house-trained AND pee pad-trained. Do you think that she sees the mats as pee pads?

I am a wee bit concerned because we are building a house that WILL have carpeting upstairs and I don't want her peeing on my wall to wall carpeting. Ack!

Do you think she sees the mats as pee pads? And, then that leads me to wonder if we shouldn't have a pee pad in our unfinished basement in the new house. Also, if I DO provider her an emergency pee pad will she regress and not go outside? She is usually VERY good about going outside so I don't want to screw that up.

I've never had a pee pad dog.
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Old 12-30-2015, 01:09 PM
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Mine are both pee pad trained and outside trained. They are amazingly intelligent and adaptable in that regard.

But they are however still just dogs with the intelligence of dogs, so it doesn't surprise me that my two see whatever is on the floor as a pee pad...they don't discriminate. And honestly, in its own way, it's pretty smart of them that they can put two and two together in this way and recognize that floor = do not pee. But mat ON floor = pee.

They don't pee on my carpet. But if I have something laying ON the carpet, they will tend to pee on that. And it's obvious from their demeanor that they feel like they're doing the right thing!

I"m guessing your carpet will be safe. But whatever you put down ON the new carpet for folks to wipe their feet on, or the pair of jeans that you threw towards the hamper but ended up on the floor, or that magazine you were reading that's laying on the floor.....all fair game!
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Hi my coco is both outside and pee pad trained. Never has accidents but in our bedroom we have an ensuite just off the master and if she is really really desperate she will jump down and run into the bathroom and pee or poop on the bathmat. So you are right they see it as a pee pad. I don't scold her for that I can wash it. I have carpet in my bedroom and she has never peed on that just ran into the bathroom a few times in the middle of the night then scratches at the side of the bed to come back to bed LOL. If I'm going to be gone more than a few hours I put a pee pad by the back door and she will use it but always goes outside otherwise. When I travelled to Florida with her this year she used the pee pad in the hotel I put her on the floor in the morning was getting her harness ready to go out and I guess she was desperate and used the pee pad. I don't think they ever forget what they are for. Hope this helps.
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Hi my coco is both outside and pee pad trained. Never has accidents but in our bedroom we have an ensuite just off the master and if she is really really desperate she will jump down and run into the bathroom and pee or poop on the bathmat. So you are right they see it as a pee pad. I don't scold her for that I can wash it. I have carpet in my bedroom and she has never peed on that just ran into the bathroom a few times in the middle of the night then scratches at the side of the bed to come back to bed LOL. If I'm going to be gone more than a few hours I put a pee pad by the back door and she will use it but always goes outside otherwise. When I travelled to Florida with her this year she used the pee pad in the hotel I put her on the floor in the morning was getting her harness ready to go out and I guess she was desperate and used the pee pad. I don't think they ever forget what they are for. Hope this helps.
BTW, I never scolded her. I wouldn't do that. My thoughts are that dogs who are normally good about going outside (or wherever they are supposed to go) who have an 'accident' are usually indicating a problem - weather, urinary infection, or some other problem.

Besides, how could you scold that sweet little face.

I like the idea of a pee pad at the back door when we aren't home, though.
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Old 12-30-2015, 01:35 PM
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As everyone said, yes anything on the floor they see as pee pads. My vet even confirmed this and said some people are not pee pad training anymore because of it but mine are both outside and pee pad trained also. Mine still have an occasional accident, but they're little dogs. It's not often now though.
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Archie was the same. Got a new rug yesterday and went straight to pee on it.
Lesson learned to get him to pee on pee pad before introducing new rug. Second, I roll the rug up when I'm not there to supervise.
Although this isn't possible with carpet, I assume let your chi limit to where he can get use to the carpet and watch him?
I am new to being a chi owner so my advice might not be perfect and more of trial and error. But dogs will be dogs and will go anywhere that is remotely close to a pee pad. Make sure you mop it up and remove the smell as he will know where to pee again.
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I trained Minnie and Tootsie to be both indoor and outdoor potty trained. living in Massachusetts, the winters can be really too bad to go out in. Last winter was the worst ever. so, this way, they don't feel bad having and accident in the house. I always keep a washable potty pad by the sliding glass door on the tile floor.

My yorkie , Peyton , I got when she was an adult dog. she was never potty pad trained and she just cant grasp the idea to potty on it. she only goes outside , and if its bad outside, she will do her potty right on the tile floor next to the potty pad but that doesn't happen hardly at all. as long as I take her out, she will go outside.
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Same thing here. A white bath mat or anything that looks like it is fair game! When we go visiting I always check the floors. lol
I spent an entire winter trying to teach Mick to use a pee pad during a blizzard. He got it!
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