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    Default Litter training a dog?

    Has anyone done this with any success?
    We are considering getting a dog but we have a small yard with no grass so the dog would need to use one of those dog litter trays and I'm wondering if dogs really do use them or not?
    The dog we are looking at getting is a rescue, fully trained, very quiet, happy to lie around all day kind of dog. I am not concerned about exercise...we have a massive dog friendly park literally at the end of our small street and it is basically just a massive grassed area and lots of people take their dogs there for a.play. The dog we want loves other dogs (living with another one in a foster home right now)We could go to the park every day plus walk several times a.week and there is someone at home most days so the dog wouldn't be lonely. We had a dog live with us in an apartment when we just jad our first daughter and it was great but she died when DD2 was a newborn and we have been waiting for the right time to add a dog to our family again. We just took her for a walk whenever she needed to use the bathroom though, we didn't litter train her. It would also be temporary...we are looking at moving in the next 12 months tops to a house with a yard. Our plan was to wait until we had bought but our kids are getting desperate (and as a huge dog lover who hasn't had one for 5 years I really miss having a dog) and daily our DS wants to go for a walk up and down our street saying hello and patting all tje friendly dogs in the street, then crying if they move too far away because he can't pat them. I have found this one dog who would be perfect for us and have contacted the shelter etc. and he is definitely a great match for us....
    Would you do it and litter train a dog or are we just nutcases who have listened to our hearts way too much?

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    We have a rescue dog... Similar situation etc. she is walked etc but sleeps/spends her time on our balcony or inside with us. We bought a doggie toilet (really cheap from discount shops not pet stores). It's basically a flatter tray than litter trays with fake grass on the top. When she isn't on a walk and needs the toilet she uses that. It was very easy to train her really. Everytime she used it and we saw she got praise/pat/encouragement.
    So yep, it's easy and works for us. It can be done.

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    Oh thanks!! You are giving me hope!!
    Anyone else?

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    Default Dogs need a yard.

    I understand you have the best intentions wanting to adopt a rescue dog. That being said It's cruel to keep a dog in a house/a tiny yard with mainly concrete. Dogs need to run around and poo on grass not in litter trays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I understand you have the best intentions wanting to adopt a rescue dog. That being said It's cruel to keep a dog in a house/a tiny yard with mainly concrete. Dogs need to run around and poo on grass not in litter trays.
    It actually depends entirely on the dog. If it is a young kelpie or something then yes they definitely need space. But some breeds love nothing more than lazing around all day & are content with just the daily walk. We had a greyhound that most would assume need loads of space but all she did was sleep all day & then used huge bursts of energy at the park every evening.

    As long as the op is choosing the right breed it will be fine. Cruelty is NOT defined as a loving home with little space & daily trips to the park!

    ETA: to answer the OP most dogs will learn very quickly to only use a certain spot for the toilet, just follow usual training techniques. We have a yard but only wanted the dogs to use a particular corner & it works fine.
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    Thanks Grumpybump.
    Vic park I would agree with you if we were choosing a dog with a ton of energy but we are not. We are looking at a 4 year old dog who currently spends his days sleeping in the sun.
    I have had quiet dogs and active dogs in the past. My active dog not even a suburbian back yard was enough for his energy levels and then I've had quiet dogs who literally slept all day and woke up for their daily walk. They had a yard to run around in and poop in, and they stayed in their beds all day and often just pooped on their walk (which this dog would get evrry day + runs at the park + swims in the ocean at the local dog beach). I know a lot of dog owners who have a yard and never walk their dogs or do anything with them. We are not that kind of dog owner and as I said before, it is temporary...we are looking at buying a house now but saying it could take 12 months is just me covering. Our dog that lived in an apartment with us..we would take her for walks and halfway through she'd lie down and need a rest and then she'd lie in her bed and snore so loudly I'm surprised the neifhbours didn't hear her! Some dogs are perfectly happy in a small space with regular exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I understand you have the best intentions wanting to adopt a rescue dog. That being said It's cruel to keep a dog in a house/a tiny yard with mainly concrete. Dogs need to run around and poo on grass not in litter trays.
    I guess that means that my happy little much loved/walked/runs on beach/pampered little 4kg dog is unhappy and I'm a cruel pet owner by your opinion.
    Honestly... As the other poster said it entirely depends on the breed of dog and attention you give it. I wouldn't necessarily keep a border collie inside but dogs make great pets inside or outside.
    Op... Go with your gut! Millions of people all over the world (especially in cities) keep dogs inside with them and the RSPCA aren't knocking on their doors alleging animal cruelty. And your local shelter will go through tons of questions to see if you are really able to adopt the dog, ours did and its been a perfect match. Good luck.

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    TamTam yep we've already talked to the shelter (it's 2 hours away because that is where the dog that suits our family is). He has been in foster care for 8 months now...he is not the prettiest dog looks wise but it's the personality that needs to fit and we'll love him regardless of his looks! But because he isn't that pretty he is overlooked all the time...we've discussed our lifestyle and they believe he is a perfect match but we can have him for a 2 week trial to make sure everyone is happy.
    I know a few people who are dog owners living in apartments and I wouldn't say any of them are cruel dog owners, quite the opposite actually.
    It was just my concern about the litter tray but sounds like ot is doable so I think we'll start putting the wheels in motion to bring our dog home

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    How exciting!! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder anyway! You should post a pic too! Fair bit of a drive!!
    And don't get caught buying the dog toilet from a pet store, they are ridiculously expensive. We got ours from a Sam's Warehouse. And bought some offcuts of fake grass (make sure it's not plastic backed so wee can drain through). The toilet comes with grass but if you're like me I like clean things!! I rinse it out etc. I also fill the inner tray with a sprinkle of kitty litter to absorb the wee. Ours is outside in balcony but a garage or something would work.
    And I never really trained her to use it... The grass just attracted her to it, but after a few accidents and we discovered she was used to newspaper I use to put newspaper on the top of it til she got used to it. Anyway, it's seriously easy!!
    Good luck.

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    Thanks for the tip, we wilk check out Sam's warehouse and the likes!! I will pm you his profile next time I'm on my computer (can't post pics on here due to privacy reasons for myself).
    We just have one big hurdle to jump...getting our landlords to approve us but we've lived here for 2 1/2 years and they love having is as tenants and have proven we can have pets responsibly in their 'no pets' policy house (we have an indoor rabbit and I thouht they'd say no for sure to a rabbit running around inside the house) bit they approved us straight away so hopin they will approve us for this dog too).
    Once we get approval we will contact the shelter and organise to get him. Excited but trying not to get too excited and we're not telking the kids until the landlords say yes!


 

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