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Houseboat Dog Potty - disposable portable training pads for dogs.

by Tim Conley
(Des Moines, Iowa)

Houseboat Dog Potty Training Pads

Houseboat Dog Potty Training Pads

Looking at a houseboat dog potty, and wonder about disposable or portable training pads for dogs on house boats? I was curious if any of the fellow readers have tried this portable dog potty called Pup-Head.

It looks like an interesting concept and would not force me to fire up the dinghy and take the dog to shore in the middle of the night when I know all he wants to do is dink around on shore : )

It's not a cheap item so if anyone has used one and their dog adjusted to it, or if someone has a better method, I would love to hear the comments.

Thanks, Tim.

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Well Tim, thanks for posting your question in the houseboat forums, as I am sure this is a common problem for houseboat owners that have dogs on board?

I am sure that many others face the similar dilemma, having to take their pooch on shore for their daily duties, yet there is some solutions to taking them ashore.

We have two dogs (poodles, 10 & 15 lbs) and we use the disposable training pads for our pets. They come in bags of 30 or 50 disposable pads, and they do their pee and poops on them, and we can simply dispose of the used pads in the trash.

Houseboat Dog Pads - Potty Training Pad

Our two houseboat dogs use these disposable training pads.

find the disposable training pads as a cost effective solution to firing up the dinghy and going to shore for them to do their business, especially in the rain :)

Now as to training your dog to do it's business on the pads will require some patience. We first started by taking some of their pee, and putting it on a new pad. We stayed nearby until they did their business and had a treat handy.

Naturally the dogs would sniff it a first and eventually they did a pee on it, and this is where praise and a good dog treat did some positive reinforcement training. Treat and praise will go along way for dog training :)

Now if you're looking for some different ways of handling the portable potty problem, you can find a wide range of alternatives and solutions for dog potty training pads at PetSmart.

I would also be curious to hear how other boaters are handling the daily ritual of their pets doing their business, and especially with the artificial grass training pad?

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their houseboat experiences with dog and pets doing their daily potty training. Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments." link found near the bottom of this page.

Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats

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How to potty train a puppy
by: Pet Lover

Thanks for sharing above information! I really appreciate this post, Puppies are so delightful and just not possible to resist. But we expect them not to be peeing and pooing all over the dwelling. So here are some of tips you can use to set up to potty train your puppy:-

• Understand that puppies needs to go to the bathroom a lot as a young puppy has a very small bladder, and they haven't yet cultured the talent to control it. So keep it in mind this when it comes to potty training your puppy.

• Establish yourself as the leader; this will help in earning your puppy's respect, trust and admiration. And your puppy will start following all your potty training instructions.

• Uphold a stringent schedule when you take your puppy out to go potty. Travel through the same door and use the same direction. With your awareness of your puppy's peeing preferences, foresee when she'll want to urine and bring her to the puppy bathroom.

• Never forget to encourage your puppy every time she pees in the right spot. Thrash out your cheery, joyful voice and lavish her with adulation and praise. Your puppy now has an emotional ingenious to do her job in the right place.

Just a Pet Lovers thoughts.

Washable puppy pads for pets and boat travel
by: Anonymous

You can use washable puppy pads which are eco-friendly and eco-nomical. They come in a variety of sizes, styles and case packs and will machine wash over 250 times!

Homemade Dog Potty - I built a floaty mat for my dogs
by: seabattery

I made a 6' x 4' frame with 2x4's and put a deck on top with astroturf, then on the bottom I glued 6 buckets on it. I'm not real eco-conscious here where I'm at, it's considered fish food.

So when my dog goes on it, I flip it over and spin it to wash it then flip it back. Be sure to paint the wood and extend the astroturf all the way down the 4" sides as a bumper.

Houseboat Dog Potty
by: mary dale hollow lake

We have a houseboat and I bought a Pup Head and we just love it, as we have a chihuahua and she uses it just like the outside, it's the best thing.

I would recommend it to anyone and it's easy to clean. We keep it outside on the back of the boat. You have to train your pet to use it, but once you do, its great.

Same for birds
by: Russell

We have a Congo African Gray in a large cage. She has the run of certain areas around her cage. Although she is potty trained to go on a special perch she does get messy with her food and tends to throw seeds and whatever she is eating around the carpet near her cage.

The solution was to put doggie training pads around the cage. Since she does her business on the potty perch the pads last a very long time. Just shake out the seeds for the fish and replace them under the cage. We even use them in the "catch tray" under the inside of the cage. Atty, our Gray, is sitting on my shoulder as I write.

She lets me know when it is time to go to the potty or she may just get down and go over by herself. The pads have been a back saver for my wife and keep the carpet much cleaner as we don't walk on birdseed or french fries. Anyone with a Gray knows how they eat.

Before you consider getting a bird you should know that they can get very destructive if you don't keep a very close eye on them. I have to constantly watch Atty because the computer station has lots of wonderful long black wormlike things under the desk. Atty's beak can slice them like butter if she wants.

Birds are a lifetime commitment. Atty may live to be 80 years or older. She is two years old now and I am 65. Our kids are already fighting over who gets Atty when we check out. I just have to get the wife to decide who gets her.

My wife says it will depend on who will get up and cook her breakfast and take her out for hamburgers and fries. This bird is spoiled.

So, from me, my wife and Atty, have a great time cruising around in your houseboat. If you see "White Feather" on anchor sometime, stop by and say Hi. We may be in the Keys or up on the Chesapeake or over in Panama City Beach, you just never know!

Wee wee pads
by: Anonymous

I use Allegro Medical, and they sell Incontinence Pads 23" x 36", 150 pads for around 35 dollars.

They're so much better than wee wee pads that sell for 25 dollars for @ 40 pads or so. Try it.

flushable dog poop bags
by: Anonymous

I flush my dog's poops down the toilet with a flushable doggy waste bag. Most eco-friendly way to get ride of poops.

The company is called Flush Doggy, and they have flushable dog poop bags. The best answer probably because dog poop can get treated just as your poop is.

FlushDoggy, is a fully biodegradable, flush-able (water soluble) dog waste bag that is very eco-friendly. Dog doodies are best to be flushed down the toilet and degrade naturally, just as our own doodies.

Let's stop destroying our earth and start educating the public, one poop at a time. Be a responsible owner and go green for our pets.

Pet Waste on Boats
by: Jeff Spring

We have a client that sells these pads primarily in the apartment / condo market. They also sell our FlushEze 100% flushable waste bags. These bags can also be safely used in RV or boat holding tanks as they are NOT made of plastic and will completely dissolve in water. Read more at

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