|Barked: Wed Apr 11, '07 6:48am PST |
|Hi Fig.... Lily is one of those Pugs who will eat just about anything and everything (especially if it's hazardous)....but for some reason she does not eat the newspaper lining the dog box! We have the medium size box so she can do her "poopy circle run".... and there were a few times when she was younger that she would playfully nip at the corners, but after I corrected her she has stopped doing that. I tried the litter at first, and it was a nightmare with her....seems like she thought it was her kibble and would not stop trying to gobble ALL of it. It worked out for the best because I am saving money with the newspaper and since it's tossed out immediately there aren't any lingering odors left behind.
My 14 month old Papillon is box trained too, and like Lily she got the hang of it in just 2-3 days. They wait their turn in the morning to use it depending on which one gets there first. While I don't think it's a good idea to let them go at free will forever, while they are still learning as puppies it saves them from creating bad habits and having accidents which linger on your expensive rugs or furniture. Like I said, once they get the hang of it, you can move the box (even outside or to a porch) or simply close the door to a selected room so they learn to alert you when they need to do their business. In that sense, it's no different than going in the yard...but this also depends on how much property you have. For instance, this way is more practical for someone with less available outside space as opposed to someone with an acre of grassy land who has no problem letting their dog run. My small yard is mainly cement and used for parking cars.... I also have a neighbor with a unfriendly big male dog.
Hope this helps....any other questions just ask!
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