I completely agree! Chloe didn't use a tray at the breeder, but she used one as soon as she got to us. She did just fine. When we go on trips we often don't take the tray just due to convenience and she does just fine with that as well. I swear by using a tray. We've NEVER had issues with her using any rugs, mats, or blankets etc.Trays shouldn't put Gemma off, I have several trays, sometimes they're used, sometimes they're not depending on cleaning routines etc. and it doesn't throw any of mine off at all, they'll use it regardless. I like them raised up a little, tends to slow down their walking around whilst pooing, they tend to just walk in circles. The other thing you can do is have them jump into a kitty litter tray - that would be better in my opinion, no run-off and would definitely keep them contained in the one spot if it's a few inches deep.
I have the same problem as you. When we are in the kitchen and I'm busy cooking, Star usually sneak upstairs to go potty by the laundry room door. We baby gated the kitchen off, but she still can go between the bars of the baby gate! But I still won't put a pad up there because I'm afraid that she thinks that is her "potty spot" if I do put it up there. I just have to watch her like a hawk, if she tries to get thru the gate, I try to scoop her asap up to go potty at her designated spot.I have a big house and sometimes we don't get to her in time either. That's why Im trying bells, that's not working! I just wondered if I put a pad down she might use that instead of my floor.
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If I had a yard, I would have trained Gemma to go outside, but living on a second floor apartment on a busy main road would just make training her and taking her outside so many times a day a hassle. I'd have to get fully dressed and get her harnessed and leashed and carry her out down the stairs. It's just easier to let her use pads inside and go outside when we go on walks. .
I am the exact way. Second floor on a busy street. I do take Kalisee out daily but just for a walk around the neighborhood ( a pain because its a busy area, but its something we do without fail for her to sniff around)
We use one pee pad in the bathroom which she has finally learned to use 100%. I can't run downstairs with her 4 times a day, so the pad is the best issue for us. They aren't that expensive, so it helps us with our choice.
I think it completely has to do with the dog. We don't have any trouble with Chloe using rugs, mats, blankets etc. She always uses her pad only. She hasn't had an accident since she was 3.5-4 months old.I don't use a pad at all. I am a firm believer that if you teach a dog to do their business in the house then they will use places other than the pad to do their potty needs. I live on the third floor of a walkup apartment and I keep Biscuit on a schedule so we have a routine and since I have had him only 2 accidents in the house in 5 weeks.
Yeah, that makes lots of sense. I don't think there is anything wrong with going outside or using pads. It all depends on your situation. If I had a house with a private fenced in yard then I would be much more likely to go outside for pottying because I could have a doggie door. But There's not another option since I live in an apartment and work such long shifts.You are probably right. I had 2 female Malteses when I was growing up that were nightmares and ruined the idea of pre pads for me. after my experience with them, I just can't do the pads.