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Welcome to our blog! I am a small hobby breeder of Schnoodle puppies. My Schnoodles are a cross of the White Schnauzer with a Red Poodle. These dogs do not shed, are great for allergy sufferers, are friendly and easily trained.

We have 4 breeding females and sell our puppies face to face as required by APHIS rules for hobby breeders.

Our breeding dogs are from purebred Akc lines and the Schnoodle puppies are registered with ICA (the registry for Designer breed dogs.)

They will be vet checked, have their first set of shots, and be Ugodog Puppy Toilet Trained. But this is just the beginning! Read through our posts to see the special care and attention we give our litter. You will enjoy watching our Growing Puppies!

We sell our puppies through our Waiting list. We do not post them on the blog for purchase. If you wish to be contacted with updates on the next litter email me at GrowingPuppies@gmail.com

Update: We are so excited for our winter puppies. I also hope for a litter in Summer 2018.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Review of Dog Indoor Potty spots

You all know how much I love a litter box for rearing my brand new puppies.  But as a breeder I am always looking out for ways to improve on the old methods.  Since I will soon have my own puppy, I can trouble shoot a lot of training situations as they occur, and share the solutions that work for us.  And for me, the biggest concern for a new puppy owner, is potty training.  For some people, potty training is so much trouble, they won't get a puppy at all.  Hopefully my upcoming posts will help some of you, learn that it doesn't have to be a source of frustration, for you or your puppy.  For me the first step in potty training is establishing an acceptable indoor potty spot for my new puppy.

Now my puppy does not come from a breeder who uses Litter Boxes like I have.  My breeder uses paper training for her puppy.   I have tried paper with my first litter...and I don't like it.  But I also know that I can't just stick a puppy in a new situation with different smells, looks, and feel, and expect my puppy to know to go potty there.  Whatever I do, I have to transition the puppy slowly from paper to her new situation.

You might ask, why not just teach your puppy to pea outside?  Well, as you Virginians know, it is below freezing right now, and will be most nights until March.  I don't want to take a brand new puppy into freezing weather conditions...its not safe.  But even in warm weather, I feel a new puppy should always have an indoor potty spot.  She will not have full bladder control for several months.  Rather than risk an occasional accident, I want to give her a safe place to pee.  It would be so much worse if she started a habit of peeing on carpets.  That is an expensive nightmare!

 So first I will lay out all the possible options that are available for a Indoor Potty System....old to new....

1 Paper training is the old fashioned method of just having paper on the floor for puppies to wee on.  The problem with paper is that it doesn't absorb urine and feces and the puppies end up walking through it and getting it all over their feet.  Its much harder to keep puppies and their surroundings hygenic.  Most people use paper for as short a time as possible...it is just so dirty and unsightly!

2 Disposable Puppy Pads. are a more modern approach to paper training because instead of paper their is a plastic backed pad with a more absorbent material that draws in moisture like a diaper.  It is an improvement on the paper because it absorbs urine quicker.  But it still leaves feces about for puppies to walk through, and has other problems as well.  The plastic is not biodegradable, so it is very bad for the environment.  Puppies like to tear paper and pads apart which is particularly dangerous with the plastic.  If a puppy ingests the plastic it could cause a serious blockage.  Finally the puppy pads can get rather expensive if you use them for an extended period of time.

3 Whelping Pads are like a puppy pad but they are made of absorbent cloth with a nonabsorbent backing.   You wash them so they can be used many times.  They cost about $22.00 each (more for bigger ones)...and you need to get several, since they need to be washed daily and dried between use.  You will need to have quite a few if this is your puppies only potty spot.  Over time the waterproof backing fails and they need to be replaced. These pads absorb urine well, but the can get pretty yucky if poopies get all over them.  The daily washing can be a drag after a while.   I like the whelping pads to use around a litter tray...in case a puppy misses her mark.   But I don't think it is good to train a puppy pee on the whelping pads..  After all it is just cloth...what is going to stop a puppy from thinking he can pee on some thing else, like a carpet, a blanket, your bed, or some clothes that he may find in your kids room?

4 The Puppy Litter Box is another method.  Most of you are familiar with how well this has worked for me, from past posts on New Puppy Litter Box Training.   I start with Wood Stove Pellets  that are biodegradable, and absorb urine and feces very nicely.  It is safe for the puppies and the puppies stay very clean.  The only problem is that it can get smelly rather quickly and the wood pellets turn to sawdust when they get wet.  Therefore there is a bit of mess when the sawdust gets tracked about by the puppies feet.  Sometime the puppies run through the litter and kick it out of the box.  Then you have sawdust or pellets flying all over the room.  Nothing a broom and dustpan can't handle...but still a bit messy at times.

5. To eliminate odor and cut out the sawdust problem, most of my new puppy owners gradually switch from the Wood Stove Pellets to Second Nature Dog Litter.after they get their puppy home.  These are paper pellets with an odor remover in them.  It is less stinky and a little less messy.  Though the paper pellets can also get messy as they are kicked about by the puppies.  The litter also can get very expensive over time. 

6. Artificial Turf Potty Systems:  There are a surprising number of different potty stystems out there that utilize artificial grass for the puppy to pee on.  A few of these are The Potty Patch for 39.99, or  Spotty Dog Training for $63.00, or  The Porch Potty for $225.00 ...just to name a few.

Its an interesting idea...These systems use artificial grass so the feel on the puppies feet is a little bit like real grass.  The urine flows through the grass to the tray below where it can be emptied.  The idea is that it will be easy to transition to the lawn later.  (I think the feel and smell of real grass is so different, that a puppy wouldn't even associate it with grass....but who knows...we'd have to try it to see)

The main drawback with this system is that the artificial grass captures a lot of germs and bacteria.  Even if you wash it out well with a hose, or soak it in a tub with bleach, reviewers complain that it still has a foul smell.  This is not so bad if you keep it on the porch in the big city.  But the idea for my puppy, is an indoor system.   And indoors the turf does needs to be replaced a lot, there is a lot of clean up and the replacement of turf would definitely get expensive over time.

7.  Next there are potty systems with REAL TURF Grass.  The company is called Fresh Potty.  and for $19 a week, the company delivers fresh turf in a box via Fed EX.    The turf and box is disposable...and you can opt to have it delivered every week, or every other week.  This is definitely the best indoor potty spot to help a puppy transitions to the out doors!.  When you wanted to start outdoor training, all you would need to do is put the natural smelling piece of turf, in the spot you wanted your puppy to use.  He would recognize it as an acceptable potty option because of smell and feel right away.

 And this system wins for ease of use  as well.  There is virtually no clean up.  Just toss the turf in the compost heap, and throw the box in the garbage!   The only draw back is that at $19/week, it would get expensive pretty quick...  On the other hand, when you consider that a lot of people would only need this option for the a limited time period (until full bladder control at 7 mths) it doesn't seem so horrid.  For the dog owner who has been unsuccessful at potty training pups in the past, this could save a lot of money in destroyed carpets and furniture....and frustration!!!

8.  The final potty system I wish to discuss is called a Dog Litter Box toilet.  It uses a grate instead of grass.  There are a few varieties on the market, but the one that looks best to me is called UGODOG. for 49.95 on Amazon.(You go dog!!)  The system combines old fashioned newspaper...or potty pads, with a tray and grate...which eliminates a lot of the problems associated with paper training.  The grate confines the paper away from the puppy paws, and the urine passes through the grate.   Its easy to toss the soiled newspaper and rinse the tray,  and cleaning the grate is much easier than the turf.  There are two grates with each system...so you can put a fresh grate down, while you clean the other grate.  If you use regular newspaper, there is only the one time expense of the system.  So of all the methods (except for Paper training) this one would be the cheapest over the long term!   

So as you can see there are a lot of interesting options out there.   But all of these systems still require a little bit of training!   Can you guess what system I choose for my puppy? (You know it won't be the Paper training!)    I will show you how easy it is to train her to use her new UGODOG indoor potty spot, when I actually have her at home!   So stay tuned!  I promise, this will be exciting!


  1. Update: After using this system for several months with our puppy, I can now say that I love the UGODOG potty system. It is super easy to clean. And it keeps the dogs paws clean too. There is no maintenance cost either. I believe this is the smartest potty system on the market!

  2. Hello.
    I have a question for you. I have an 8 year old miniature schnauzer who has to stay in the laundry room for about 8 to 10 hours a day. When I get home she has to pee like three times and I know it is unhealthy for her. So I would like to get her an indoor potty but I have no clue which one to get or if it would even work since she is an older dog? Any advice?

    1. I use the Ugodog with our Dogs. Its not as easy to train older dogs as it is puppies. But with patience it can be done. Read the Reviews on Amazon to see what others think. Ugodog does have training information on their website. If I had an older dog, I would use a Ugodog But it is a shame she has to stay so long in a laundry room. It would be worth training her so she could have more freedom.

  3. I have a question for you. I am planning to use an indoor potty system for my apartment for my dog over the long term. What option would be best for that do you think for an indoor potty area?

    1. I really like the Ugodog potty system because it is easy to clean and disinfect. It does not harbor bacteria or lingering odor as other systems do. The key will be training the dog to use it. It is easy for us because we start with tiny puppies. The older your dog, the more diligence will be required. Go to Ugodog.com to buy the potty. They also have information on training.

  4. Hello. I have a male toy poodle that was born in April. We live in a 9th floor apartment tower and have two young children (6 months and 23 months). It's very tough to get downstairs. My almost two year old who was potty trained now copies the puppy and goes on the floor. I'm tired of cleaning dog and toddler pee and poo off the carpet every day all day. Do you think the UGODOG will be the best option for us? Any and all advice with this will be appreciated? Also what if he starts hiking his leg one day? We will be in this apartment for the next 4 years.

    1. Hi Courtney,
      I would get your Poodle puppy neutered very soon. Call your veterinary and set up an appointment. Do not wait until after 6 months or he will start getting the hormones that will start him lifting his leg to mark his territory. I always advise my customers to keep their puppy penned until he is potty trained. Our puppies have always used the Ugodog, so it is no trouble. But you will need to teach your puppy to use the Ugodog. I would get two of the Ugodog trays to increase the area he has to circle. Throw away urine stained carpets (if possible)...otherwise a Enzymatic Dog Stain remover will be your best bet. The urine smell is hard to get rid of. Start a potty training schedule like this one http://schnoodlepuppy.weebly.com/potty-training-schedule.html but instead of taking the dog outside....take him to the Ugodog and tell him to 'Go Potty'. If he doesn't need to go, give him water and put him in his crate. Try again every 30 minutes until he does go potty on the Ugodog, on command. Then praise profusely and treat profusely. Only let your dog out of his pen area for supervised playtime when he has an empty bladder. There is other training suggestions on the Ugodog website. To be successful you will need to be very attentive to your poodle and his schedule.