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This page explains how puppies are potty trained and why most of them are either trained or have a good start in the potty training process by the time they leave for their new homes.
Whelping bed is made up of four layers, first layer is a foam rubber bed topper that's placed at the bottom of a kiddy pool for softness and cushion. Second layer is an adult water resistant washable bed pad that's placed over the bed topper to keep it dry. Third layer is a flannel sheet that's placed over the bed pad & the fourth layer is a fleece blanket that is placed over the flannel sheet for added warmth & softness. The bedding in the whelping bed gets changed several times a day, this begins the potty training process.
Puppies are placed on the doggy potty as soon as they open their eyes during bedding changes. This get's puppies familiar with the use & feel of the fake grass on the doggy potty.
When puppies reach three weeks of age they begin to discriminate where they relieve themselves (puppies will crawl away from their sleeping area when they have to potty). Once this starts, puppies are moved from the whelping bed to a lower bed in the corner. I use the same type foam rubber bed topper that was in the whelping bed for the lower bed and it's covered with a water resistant bed pad , flannel sheet and a fleece blanket. Puppies sleeping closer to the floor makes it easier for them to crawl off to relieve themselves. I then place place pish pads at both ends of the bed and directly in front to make it easier for puppies to crawl off the bed onto the pish pads to potty. Depending how brave and active the puppies are I will cover the entire room with pish pads when I set up the lower bed. I continue putting puppies on the doggy potty during bedding changes, after meals & after naps to keep training going with the doggy potty. At around five weeks old puppies want to see what's going on outside the room & will start hanging out and sleeping in front of the door. Once this starts I move the bed from the far corner up next to the door and bring in a second doggy potty. I continue placing puppies on the doggy potty after naps and whenever I see one starting to potty on the floor. At around five to six weeks of age the puppies pretty much know to get on the doggy potty when they have to go potty.
After their first immunization at six weeks of age and if the time of year permits puppies are taken outside at least three times a day. This gets them familiar with going outside to potty.
Since puppies are familiar with pish pads and the doggy potty, it is VERY important to continue using these training products once you get your puppy home to continue with the potty training process. To continue training at home you will need to start by placing the pish pad where puppy first potty's on the floor. Once puppy becomes familiar to where the pish pad is and starts going on the pish pad regularly you will want to gradually move the pish pad closer to the door. Once the pish pad is to the door and the puppy goes to the pish pad to potty, you then pick the puppy up before he/she potty's and take him/her outside. You will need to do this every time the puppy goes to the pish pad & eventually puppy will know he/she needs to go to the door if he/she has to potty. Pish pads are nice to use in crates if you crate train or to put down when going away.
The doggy potty is great for dogs of all ages, I have a doggy potty set up in mu home for my dogs when they can't get outside. The doggy potty gives you peace of mind in knowing that your dog can go potty and not have to hold it while your at work or gone for long periods at a time. The doggy potty is also great for apartment living especially those that live on a second or third floor.
If you purchase a doggy potty when you get your puppy he/she will start using the potty as soon as you set it up. You will want to place the doggy potty in a permanent place in your home, familiarize the puppy to it's location and that's it!! If you move the doggy potty after puppy becomes familiar with it's location it may confuse the puppy and puppy may continue to potty in the doggy potty's old location. Therefore it is very important that the doggy potty is kept in a area where it can stay and not be moved.
I switched from using disposable pee pee pads to the pish pads because of the expense, the mess and the biggest and most important reason was the concerns. Puppies loved to drag the disposable pee pee pads all over the room. I had to keep them in a pee pee pad holder to keep them in place and then it didn't stop puppies from tearing them up into little tiny pieces. I learned very quickly that the only thing the pee pee pad holders were good for was keeping them in place. When puppies pottied on the pee pee pads while in the holders they would miss the pee pee pad and pee all over the holders, then if they pooh poohed on the holder of course I had to completely take the pad holder apart to clean it..it was a mess and a hassle. My biggest concern was that the puppies might choke on the plastic & cotton when they ate it. I compared the cost, concerns and the mess of the pee pee pads to the pish pads and there was NO comparison! Puppies can't tear pish pads up, I only paid the cost one time and there were NO CONCERNS with the pish pads.
Doggy Potty - I no longer sell doggy potties but you can easily find them on line.
Pish Pads - I no longer sell pish pads because I can no longer purchase them in rolls, I could only purchase them in pre cut sheets which are expensive & more expensive then what I sold them for as well as hard to find so I decided to discontinue selling them. If interested you can purchase them at www.pishpad.com this is the only place I found that sells them now.
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