|Barked: Tue May 10, '11 12:32pm PST |
|Congrats on your new fur baby!
Bowie is still a puppy but he was actually really easy to potty train! I was pleasantly surprised, it only took maybe 2 weeks for him to get the hang of it. He still of course had accidents in the house occasionally, but it was usually my fault for forgetting to take him out.
My last dog was a Chihuahua and because I live in apartments too we decided it was easier to have her go on potty pads, and I personally found it to be a big mistake! Not only was it kind of yucky in a little apartment, she never learned after that to not keep going potty in that spot when we tried to teach her to go outside. With Bowie we taught him from the start to go outside and while it's more work to take him out, it's so much nicer to not always be cleaning up pee and poo inside your house!
I found that training them to go outside was also 10x quicker for the puppy to learn than going inside because it's more black and white, there's no gray area. I think they can get confused when you let them potty inside because it's harder for them to learn that it's only okay to potty in one spot inside.
Oh and we crated Bowie at nights as a puppy and he never once messed his crate and slept through the night every night. He was 4 months old at that point but they will get used to holding it. A younger pup will need to be taken out every few hours.
Good luck whatever you decide!
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