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Old 10-21-2014, 01:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Potty training while living in a high rise?

We're about 4 weeks out from getting our next puppy. We live on the 7th floor of a high rise in the city. We have no balcony, and the dogs are only allowed in the 2 freight elevators (which makes the wait for the elevator sometimes 5+ minutes). The stairs, are on the other side of the building (other hall) and then 7 floors of winding stairs to finally reach outside.

I know that potty training is going to be a daunting task this time around...

Any suggestions? Ideas? Anyone have any experience with potty training in a high rise? Obviously, I will be taking her out as frequently as I can, but I know in the middle of the night, when they gotta go, they gotta go NOW. I can't expect a tiny puppy to hold it for at least 5 minutes once we leave the condo.

I was going to maybe try that indoor grass patch, just until the puppy can hold it a tad longer? I just worry about then transitioning to outside only. I have another dog who never pees inside, so maybe she'll catch on..
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Or Betlin might like the indoor pee patch hopefully you can figure it out before the snow and ice come. I wish you lots of luck.
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Or Betlin might like the indoor pee patch hopefully you can figure it out before the snow and ice come. I wish you lots of luck.
Hah yeah! Thats what I was thinking'....He might be like...'hey, what the heck is this grass doing inside my home?! Dis is mine'

Sigh, yeah I hope I figure it out before then too. We get her mid November so....it will most likely already be miserable out there!
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Old 10-21-2014, 02:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This is a good thread on that topic: House training in an apartment

I remember coming across it back when I thought I might have to do the same, and I believe there is some insight from some others who have had a puppy in a high rise.

I have a friend who has done the puppy pad/outdoor combo twice (non-GSDs) in apartment buildings. It worked beautifully with her first, not so much with her second. I think her biggest challenge with the second dog was communicating the clear "got to go!" = "rush outside immediately" to the dog because of having to take four flights of stairs, but her second dog is also a toy breed with a reputation for being trickier to house train, so your mileage may vary.

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