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I can work anywhere from 10-20 hour days with out notice so it is not fair to make my two chi's wait to go outside. Also we have hawks and other large birds frequently in our neighborhood so I am not comfortable with just anyone letting Sonny and BG outside. I started potty training my two with potty pads in the beginning but they got lazy and decided if one foot touched the pad it was good enough so I decided to litter train my two. :rolleyes:

I spoke to my holistic nutrionist to decide on a litter as we are using World's Best Corn based since Sonny is just a pup and he might eat or play in it. He has NO allergies (even though we don't feed corn on a norm) but paper was not an option as we tried it and he ate it. Sonny thought it was a big sandbox to bury his bone in and BG well my diva child thought it was disgraceful to have her paws touch that.

After lots of NO and putting them in the litter box I ended up kenneling them in seperate kennels with each their own box. Sonny will still try to use his box as a sandbox but they both do amazing while in the kennel. No accidents at all. The minute I left them out seperate or together to run through the kitchen (it is baby gated off and a very large room) they revert to using the floor. :foxes15: I leave their kennel doors open and have a litter box in the kitchen. They will go in and out of the crates so it is not like they don't know where the box is located.

They need to run and get exercise and play as they are both young (BG 1.5 years and Sonny 7 months). I hate having them in the kennels even though they are large dog kennels but I am not sure how to stop the kitchen floor accidents. Any suggestions? :confused:
 

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I have had good success with the off/no spray sold in major pet chains. When i get a new rescue, I basically spray the entire floor!!!
 

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I have a wee wee pad in a large litter box by the back door..in the same place all of the time. Rico goes out first thing in the morning and some other times...if iti is bad weather, or I am at work he uses the piddle pad..
 

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Ok so after two months the chis won and I give up on litter training and I am going back to the pads. And of course they are going back to their old behavior. They will pee on the pad but poop on the floor. Any suggestions?
 

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Ok so after two months the chis won and I give up on litter training and I am going back to the pads. And of course they are going back to their old behavior. They will pee on the pad but poop on the floor. Any suggestions?
Is it that they're just totally ignoring the pad when they poop, or are they starting on the pad and walking off? If they're starting on the pad, I would suggest some kind of small gate around it, with an opening for them to get in, if it doesn't freak them out too much.
 

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Nope they do not even look to the pad to poop only to pee. They are not walkers or anything like that.
 

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Oh and i have even take a piece of their poop and rubbed ait on the pad to its scent there and you would have thought my cat pooped on their pad.
 

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The DRAMA continues with a good laugh!

Ok so since they did not want to poop on a pee pad but were fine pooping in a litter box I sat out a littler box to see what they like best. Wondering if I misread signals etc. Well someone pooped on the floor so I picked it up put a little on the potty pad and the rest in the litter box.

I go to work then come home to find that someone removed the poop from the litter box and placed it on the floor and put his bone and tennis ball in the litter box. This has to be Sonny as my diva child would not touch poop. I assume he is trying to teach me that it is a toy sandbox and poop does not go there. LOL

I still need help getting them to poop and pee on the potty pad but my little man did get me laughing.
 

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LOL tillies the same! i really cant train her :( ive tried everything and nothing works! and theres no dog trainers in cornwall that deal with toilet training :(
 

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Huly, that swapping poop for toys is hilarious. I have pee pads all over this open plan living home .... one is even in the bottom of the plastic tray on large parrot play stand (which is actually an Ikea portable wardrobe rack thingie on wheels we modified dramatically).

They use them all, in addition to not using them if they don't make it that far, but I read somewhere about not being too quick to replace as soon as they've been soiled so they really get the idea, strong scent etc. So, I leave mine for a couple of days (I can afford to, there's enough of them & there's no odour in the home with all doors & windows open in summer). I always leave one small poop on each mat too but hope to stop that practice in the next couple of days. Thank goodness I live alone is all I can say, the Health Dept. would shut me down lol lol.

I also have one on the large outside deck which has been used a couple of times, but now they tend to go under the outdoor table setting that's out there which is fine.

Probably the thing/method I like the best is a Chinese $24 plus ship Medium size "grass toilet" and ultimately I plan to have one permanently inside for when they're locked in alone, and one on a small side deck they will always have access to and where they'll be fed, watered & a relieving station. I tried the kitty litter tray & recycled newspaper litter, oh my, what a mess .... but they did use it very well, when they weren't playing in it & spraying the contents everywhere - I think it would've been perfect with just one pup though.

Unfortunately the little ferrets see all these pads & grass toilets as playgrounds and will often take their treat or toy and flop down on them, so I live for the day they can be done away with altogether and just have the grass. Oh, and they also see my bootiful new bath mats as extra soft and special pee pads. I am not allowed to go potty by myself, they trundle in and simultaneously avail themselves of the mat before I can stop them, I must learn to shut ze darn door!!!
 

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They are great except for poop! They make me laugh though as I never know what I might find. LOL But at the same time it is a little frustrating. Remember I also have a Diva child if it is dirty she doesn't want to touch it. Do you have a link for the grass toilet? I want to read about it to see if it is an option.

Be careful with the paper litter as if they eat it (which Sonny tried to) it can cause obstructions and other health issues. Hence I used World's Best Cat Litter which is nothing but corn. I know corn is not the best thing as it makes the poop more but at least they could digest it and if it makes them have to go it might help with the training. LOL
 

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So cute! Sounds like you have 2 little "clowns!" It's cute and frustrating!

Angel totally trained in about 3 weeks. It wasn't easy, but he did it! I kept him in his crate all the time unless I could literally follow him around! He's one year old, has had only one accident when he was younger because someone was in his bathroom!!

He is pee pad trained and outside. He's so cute. He will run into the bathroom, come out an look around the corner to see if he sees me, and if I see him and ask if he wants to go peepee outside, he runs to the door! I haven't taught him to signal when he wants to go out. But I am with him "all day" so most of the time, I "catch" him and take him out!

Good luck! I've never had a dog train so easy!!
 
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