I can't decide on using typical potty pads or the new popular disposable dog potty patches that are real grass. Anyone have any opinions?
Waterproof pet overlays (underpads) are the perfect solution for pet urine accidents. These waterproof pads can be used to protect the mattress, furniture or floor from an elderly cat, incontinent dog or sick bunny. Choose from disposable or reusable underpads – the disposable pads are great for travel and quick clean-ups, while the reusable pads are soft and economical.
Oh now I am truly curious, dog owners, whether any of you have tried these fancy options. But Sammy, for now I think reusable pads are the way to go. If you do stick with disposables, keep buying the ones made from recycled materials — at the very least, your heart can break just a tiny bit less knowing you’re not letting virgin materials go to waste.
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Houseboat Dog Potty - disposable portable training pads for dogs.
PAW-SAVERS are hypoallergenic, non-toxic disposable foam pads that adhere to your dog's paw-pad and protect from dirt, glass, rough terrain, ice, rock salt, hot pavement and much more! They also keep your pooch’s paws clean and dry after a stroll in the rain, snow, or mud. Unlike traditional dog-booties, PAW-SAVERS cushion your dog’s paws and provide support to their joints. PAW-SAVERS also increase traction on slipper surfaces. Use for indoor/outdoor walking, running and playing! ORDER NOW ON: Disposable potty pads make up a huge part of the pet market. Unlike babies, dogs never stop using them. If you work a lot, live in a big city, have a lot of cold weather, or just don't like to take your dog outside, disposable potty pads seem like a good option. The concept is great. Your dog can go to the bathroom without destroying your house! Pup-Pads™ Disposable Absorbent Pads Super Absorbent, Odor-Controlling Pads Designed to Fit Pup-Head Regular Pup-Head Mini and Go Spot Dog Potties. Features Include: Tri- Layered Construction Micro Quilted to Absorb More Liquids. Looking at a houseboat dog potty, and wonder about disposable or portable training pads for dogs on house boats? I was curious if any of the fellow readers have tried this portable dog potty called Pup-Head.
It looks like an interesting concept and would not force me to fire up the dinghy and take the dog to shore in the middle of the night when I know all he wants to do is dink around on shore : )
It's not a cheap item so if anyone has used one and their dog adjusted to it, or if someone has a better method, I would love to hear the comments.
Reply - Answer Well Tim, thanks for posting your question in the houseboat forums, as I am sure this is a common problem for houseboat owners that have dogs on board?
I am sure that many others face the similar dilemma, having to take their pooch on shore for their daily duties, yet there is some solutions to taking them ashore.
We have two dogs (poodles, 10 & 15 lbs) and we use the disposable training pads for our pets. They come in bags of 30 or 50 disposable pads, and they do their pee and poops on them, and we can simply dispose of the used pads in the trash.
We find the disposable training pads as a cost effective solution to firing up the dinghy and going to shore for them to do their business, especially in the rain :)
Now as to training your dog to do it's business on the pads will require some patience. We first started by taking some of their pee, and putting it on a new pad. We stayed nearby until they did their business and had a treat handy.
Naturally the dogs would sniff it a first and eventually they did a pee on it, and this is where praise and a good dog treat did some positive reinforcement training. Treat and praise will go along way for dog training :)
Now if you're looking for some different ways of handling the portable potty problem, you can find a wide range of alternatives and solutions for at PetSmart.
I would also be curious to hear how other boaters are handling the daily ritual of their pets doing their business, and especially with the artificial grass training pad?
Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their houseboat experiences with dog and pets doing their daily potty training. Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments." link found near the bottom of this page.
Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats