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10/15/08 7:02 P

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We have all wood floors in our house and its made cleaning up Nina's messes much easier. She's 11, old, blind and doesn't have control like she used to so we just make due. The only thing...no gripping, so the poodles (we have 2) slide sometimes when they go to run and you can tell when its time for their nails to get a trim! lol

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10/14/08 11:09 A

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Nope, can't help you out there! Have carpet and ceramic...we're thinking of putting in wood though in a couple of years. My sister has wood floors and loves them!

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10/14/08 10:14 A

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I am going to get wood laminate floors (pergo). Does anyone have that? I figured it would be better for occassional accidents.

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10/13/08 8:45 P

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Yes we had this prob with our previous two. Never could break them of it. So when Maggie came along we trained her to use a 'pad' by the front door. As soon as she used it we rang the chimes. Every time we took her out she rang the chimes. So she learned to ring the chimes to go out. But if it really ugly she won't go outside, she'll use her pad. So no accidents like my other girls used to sneak off and do. As soon as we know she has wet or soiled the pad, it gets picked up immediately.

She prefers to go outside, but will take the relief of the pad when it just isn't nice out. HAs been a time saver for us. Most mornings, she does her really early pee on the pad so we don't need to get out of bed especially for her.

Now I realize this works well for a small mini - I suppose it is not a good option for a large mini or standard.

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10/13/08 3:53 P

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I am unemployed at the moment, so I'm home quite a bit (when I'm not out interviewing, etc.). So, no worries here. My husband works close by, so he can come home at lunch and let Mighty Joe out (now, he comes home at lunch to visit me too!). When we were both working, he'd come home 3 days a week, and we'd have a pet sitter for the other 2 days.

Mighty Joe has been trained (sort of) to use a pad in one of the bathrooms (known as the poodle bathroom because of the decor). IF there's an issue. He's fairly good about it, but doesn't aim so well!

Pergo sounds like a durable solution.

Also, we close off about half of our house in the day, so if there is an accident, it's in the hall, foyer, dining room, poodle bathroom or kitchen areas.

I was unhappy with Mighty Joe when he christened my shag rug in the living room a couple of years ago, so that's what prompted closing off that room!

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10/13/08 3:29 P

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I think its just the cold weather and they dont want to go out. But it also could be that my son and family came and brought their rat terrier for a couple of days and that is when I first noticed it. Maybe they were just marking their territory before their new cousin took it over.

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10/13/08 3:25 P

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wow, that's a tough one. are there other behavioral issues or just the accidents in the house? like are they chewing on your things, or tearing up things? are they chewing on their own nails or paws or licking the furniture, or anything like that? they may have just "marked" in the house and now just be going back to the places they've marked in. if there are urine odors already in places in your carpet, then they'll just go back to the spots that have already been marked until those odors are removed and the behavior is changed. how really weird. has anything traumatic happened recently to either you or to any of them that could've triggered their change in behavior?? that's just a little odd to me. you might talk to your vet, there might be something going on physically/emotionally with one or more of your dogs. things can bother them just like things can bother us!

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10/13/08 3:18 P

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We have a doggie door too. And they have been so good to use it. I see them use the door all the time but I am also seeing signs of peeing here and there once in a while. I'm not sure how to stop that. Especially where I am at work all day.

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10/13/08 3:15 P

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We have a doggy door so usually no accidents here, although, if I have one that's sick and he or she happens to be in their kennel, then they might have a loose stool in their kennel, but they really hate to soil their kennels, so that's how I know if one of them isn't feeling well! As far as urinating/pooping in the house, we've never had that problem...knock on wood!

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10/13/08 2:50 P

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It has rapidly started to get colder here. Yesterday it snowed. My toys poodles have started having "accidents" ( more than likely intentional accidents). They have been so good all summer. Does anyone else have this problem? Also I am thinking of getting rid of my nasty 12 year old carpet and get laminant flooring (pergo). I am thinking that might be better for any future accidents. Does anyone have any ideas on that?

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