Puppy Toilet Habits

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Mrdorf's picture
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Hi there,


I was just wondering about people's experiences with their puppies. I would rather get a puppy than an adult Dobie, but I was wondering how often you find your pup going to the toilet and at what times? I live in a flat (apartment to you North Americans) and was wondering if I would still have to take them outside or could they go on a mat or something.

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We live in an apartment on the third floor (flat...lol) and we trained him to use a potty patch till he had all his vaccines. And we kept it around a little while afterwards as a back up to going outside.

I don't know if there is a difference between males and females, but with Ellie we only needed to take her out every half hour, then every hour, then every few hours, etc., because she would pee and empty her bladder. 

With Harley, he literally peed 7 times within 10 minutes.  A little tinkle here and little tinkle there.  We had to teach him to use the patch because it would be ridiculous to take him out that often (down three flights of stairs).  When he was in the crate he would hold it, but outside the crate was fair game.  As he got older it got easier and easier.  He is 6 months now and he rings a bell on the doorknob when he needs to go outside.  The patch is still out as back up, but he rarely uses it.

 

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My puppy is ten weeks old (I couldn't get her exact age on her profile right) and she cannot go outside due to the risk of Parvovirus in my yard.  I keep her inside and she has a room where she has plenty of room to run around, and she uses puppy pads.  However, we have to watch her as she does get into things easily.  Lots of chew toys for my Pixie.  When she gets most of her shots down she will be able to run outside and play for a bit, which won't be much longer.  That's what we do, but I'm here during the day to watch her.  Since we have already lost a dog to Parvo, we are being careful with our first Dobie.  We love her very much!  

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That's fair enough. I see that you can keep your puppy indoors to go to the toilet but it would be advised if I was there all the time to watch him/her.