I will be getting my corgi in April (going on Sunday to pick him or her out - sooo excited) and I live in a townhouse. I have an enclosed balcony and a back patio. I don't really have grass so I wanted to build something that would be a place for my new addition to go potty - one for the balcony at night and one for the patio at other times. I don't want to spend a fortune, and I have seen this: http://www.patiopark.com/
I am thinking I can make something similar using these: http://www.gardeners.com/boot-tray-set/37-314,default,pd.html and some artificial turf.
My question is, has anybody tried anything like this before? Are there any failures or successes I can learn from?
I am a bit of an obsessive planner and I want to make sure that my family and I put the work in to have a corgi that is a great member of our family. I have the first vet appointment scheduled, the dog trainer coming a couple days before the puppy and in home training starts a couple days after the puppy is home.
Does anyone have any other suggestions or resources I should look into?
My sister-in-law successfully litter box trained her 2 Chihuahuas while she was living in an apartment. It seems like a cheap and easy solution. Doggy Litter and Litter Box
I'm not sure what the price difference would be, but there is a "Potty Patch" product.
I have seen people train their dogs to go in a litterbox, but I honestly could not stand that being inside my house. Aside from the smell my cardi's poo is like...human sized. haha
We used puppy pads - http://www.northshorecare.com/puppypads1.html?gclid=CLqx59-yiacCFRB....
There is a base that you can get that will hold the pads - we didn't like it so much preferring just to lay the pads on the floor. We used these for all 4 of our dogs. But we did it indoors so I don't know if the pads would work for you outside.
They worked - the dogs learned where to do their business. One problem they need to be changed often. Another the dogs might decide to rip them up and make a big mess.
Is going on concrete or dirt an issue? How about a wooden box with real sod square from home depot / lowes? What about digging a compost for proper disposal?
If your ultimate goal is to have your pup going outside, forget about the balcony box / puppy pads, they only slow down the training process.