|Barked: Thu Mar 7, '13 12:47am PST |
|I've never had a teeny, tiny dog- Misty is the smallest, at 14 lbs, so I don't have the experience of owning a dog who can not physically hold urine for 8 hours or so. I think if a dog has to relieve themselves every few hours, than it is kind and humane to give them an inside option. Even for someone who is home all the time, there probably will be times when you have to be away several hours....not to mention at night.
Guess if they can hold it, then it's personal preference whether you want a dog to toilet inside. I think it matters where you live too- if I lived on the 20th floor in Manhattan, I might think of using piddle pads. My dogs have a doggy door and a fenced in yard, so pottying outside is very easy here.
When I adopted Misty, she had no use for the outdoors and was convinced the bathroom rug was where she needed to go. If I took the rug up, she went on the floor where the rug was. If I closed the BR door- she went in front of the door! In her mind, that was the right thing to do.
I think she was probably trained to piddle pads in somebody's bathroom, and this business of tinkling outside was completely foreign to her. It took a little while to break this, but having 2 other dogs who are trained to go outside helped, and she is good now.
Misty wasn't sure what to do with the outdoors in general at first either- and would look back at me on our walks when Lily and Max would go plowing into a stream, or jump on a boulder, as if to say "Am I supposed to do that too?" But it didn't take long for her to realize all that was very fun... and she now romps through the snow and brush like a real dog. Funny to watch the transition- I think she was kept inside a lot before I got her. And she was from NC- where it is a bit warmer than here. Plus she had to be shaved- so being cold was probably a piece of it. Now that her coat has grown in, she loves to play in the snow.
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