Being a dog owner since 1979 in Canada where we have brutal winters with blizzards and blizzards, I always knew indoor dog potties would be a great idea. So this is how I approached puppy training at home: indoors.
Add in the fact that we lived in high-rise apartment condos for most of the past few years coupled with the lousy winter weather, it was more practical to train my dogs indoors. When commercial dog litter box systems hit the market spearheaded by Purina and its Second Nature line, it just made things a lot easier instead of using newspapers all the time.
When I got my third and fourth Lhasa Apso dogs, Chester and Roxie, they both started dog litter box training from day one, when I first brought them home at ten weeks of age. They both learned very quickly and can do their work both indoors where I want, and outdoors, as other canines do.
Although unlike my first two Lhasa Apsos who lived with me in high-rise condos, Chester and Roxie began their home life in townhomes. So we never had to worry about slow elevators, but we still had winters to deal with. And this is when we especially appreciate the dog litter box.
When we see other dog owners fighting their dogs outside in a snowstorm, we are nice and welcoming inside our warm home with no worries in the world. This is the same that happens during stormy rainy days also during other times of the year. We stay indoors where it’s dry as my Lhasa Apsos just hate getting wet.
However, I did learn something really interesting from my readers from a training program that I developed to help other owners, particularly newbies, train puppies at home using an indoor potty system. Many of these people were located in the southern states of the US such as Texas, Florida, and Arizona.
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting readers this far south as they generally don’t have a problem with winter snow. But then I realized that their summers are brutally hot and, in fact, too hot for their dogs to venture outside during daylight hours.
So in these cases, dog litter box training is also advantageous for hot summer days. Although not as bad as in the south, we also have our share of summer days when it is best to stay indoors with air conditioning. We have had several days here in Canada where my Lhasas and I did not go out until the afternoon. Even the sidewalks and pavement were too hot to walk.
This is why the indoor potty system works so well. Whether the days are too cold or too hot for both dogs and humans to be outside, our four-legged friends still don’t need to have things inside their bodies when they have access to a specially designed bathroom inside our homes. . .
They just go to their dedicated spot whenever they need to, like we humans do. For more information, as well as videos to demonstrate the use of a dog litter box, see the author biography section below.