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Training an older dog to use an indoor dog potty starts with transitioning into a whole new routine. When training an older dog to use an indoor dog potty it is much easier than a puppy many times because you are very familiar to the commands and words of praise they will respond to. Every morning make sure that you use the command that they are used to on their walks.
Although dog training can be hard for anyone depending on your situation, when using an indoor dog potty with natural grass you have a major ally on your side. Dogs learn by association, so potty pads are basically telling them that going to the bathroom within the confines of your home is perfectly acceptable. While we can kind of see the appeal if you live in a high-rise building where it’s not as easy as just letting a dog out in the yard, the thought of having a urine-soaked patch of synthetic grass on our patio (or our neighbor’s) is pretty foul. Good post, but doesn’t acknowledge using things like the potty patch on outdoor patios as a way of allowing the dog to relieve itself mid day when you are at work. And to think I sent my house training article off to Janeen, Linda, Heather and a few others to be sure my sarcasm didn’t cross the JQP line into total bitch. The second they were old enough the puippies went out with the big dogs and learned to pee and poop outside. No matter how silly things seem, you never know when they might have a legitimate use for someone. When you have small dogs whom can not take the cold weather, it is not being lazy to use the pads or the potty grass.
I mostly agree with you, though I can see that there might be exceptions for people who live on boats or who have elderly or disabled dogs who can’t wait to go out.
I recently broke my ankle and live on the third story of an apartment with my 2 year old dog who is completely house broken. We have three chihuahuas, all between 3 -7 pounds and we unashamedly use puppy pads for our dogs. Training an older dog to use an indoor dog potty is easy when you are using fresh natural dog potty grass.
Training an older dog to use and indoor dog potty is made so much easier by using real natural grass, this makes all the difference.
Dog walkers are expensive, most can’t bring their dogs to work, and some folks have to be gone more than 6+ hours a day. Though the woman who threw a potty pad down for her little yorkie to do its business right there in the store was an amazing spectacle. If its windy, raining, snowing, misting, foggy, damp, frosty… the peepads are used.

The pads provided endless hours of ripping, tearing, tugging, sleeping and, now and then, peeing.
The only time we ever used the potty pads was for when our pup was still young and refused to go out back when it was raining.
There are pet owners whom care for there pets, and using some of these products does not make them lazy. I chose to use a fake grass patch on my balcony so I don’t have to hobble up and down the stairs with my dog 4-5 times a day.
After you have you new indoor dog potty with natural grass installed you want to begin a new morning routine of bringing your older dog out to the dog potty first thing in the morning. Dogs are drawn to naturally grass and have been urinating on it all their lives when they go on walks. I’d rather my dogs not have to hold their bladder that long and if putting a potty patch or pad outside on the patio does it, all the better. I did however sell a potty patch to someone who did a lot of boating and wanted a solution for their dog who also loved to go boating.
So they have pee pads, and yes, this leads them to believe its okay to use the concrete floor in that room (former back porch, now enclosed).
Now if you don’t have time for your pet then you should not have one, but you have to think of the little ones who can not take cold weather.
This is the time of the day that they have the most urgency to urinate and it is the perfect time to train them to use their new dog potty area.
When they do use their new dog potty area be sure to follow this action with positive reinforcement through verbal praise and a little treat that you hide in your pocket for them.
What we don’t understand is a perfectly healthy dog being allowed to marinate in urine for any length of time. It’s bad enough that so many dogs get nothing more than a five-minute walk to relieve themselves, but now with products like this, some will be lucky if they get outside at all.
I offered to take the dog back and then proceeded to give them an earful they never saw coming. Aside from continuing immunity destroying shots, we are now teaching him to use the artificial turf while boosting his immunity which is better for his overall health. It could also just be that your dog has more difficulty getting out and about now and you need another alternative.
Make sure you do this for two weeks straight and they will know that their new dog potty area is an acceptable place to urinate.

You may also want to try putting their leash on them and taking them out to their potty area as to simulate what it feels like to go for a walk. Do not use pee pads, synthetic grass, or newspapers to train you older dog, that will only confuse them more. Get off your ass and take the dog outside-a diaper is not a potty training aid if your dog is in it for the all of the dog’s life. If your dog is smart enough to know it needs to pee on a pad, it’s smart enough to know it needs to pee outside!
I have never had trouble housetraining my dogs… now training other family members to pay attention and let the dogs out when needed… that can be difficult! Our lives are much better for the foul weather pee pad (set up in a litter box with a side for the boys to aim at).
You definitely should not take her to the park, where millions of other dogs walk on the grass and who knows what disease is incubating there.
Educating owners to train in an effective and consistent manner should be the goal, not berating them for their personal choices, some of which may be a necessary choice for the dogs best interest. Using an indoor dog potty with real natural grass is the perfect solution for you and your dog.
Not to mention that most dogs have the aim of a college dude on spring break, so if your lazy ass never actually moves the pad outside, look forward to mopping up piss for all of eternity. That is just crazy, but the pads and grass is ok for puppies and dogs who can not take bad weather. There are plenty of good resources online that will walk you through potty-training your dog, so do yourself a favor and skip the above “potty” aids and plan on doing some actual work. Even when she had terrible upset tummy- once it kept her from eating for 3 days- she did not let it rip until she had gotten through to me (and it didn’t hit me right away) that she needed out (at 3AM, once) and I got her out safely.
I bet many puppies trained in their yards or whatever- who never saw a pad in their lives- have had a diarrhea episode inside due to illness and the human would not even count that as an accident.

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