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Old 10-17-2012, 09:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everybody, I've raised two boxers in my parents suburban house, a few years ago I got married and now I'm living with my wife in a medium size downtown apartment with carpet floors.
We're thinking about getting a Boxer puppy but I'm concern about the potty training of the dog and the carpet. I'm pretty sure it will be accidents, but I have no idea how to clean them, how efficient the cleaning will be, or if it's even a viable idea all together...

Any thoughts or suggestions?

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Hello everybody, I've raised two boxers in my parents suburban house, a few years ago I got married and now I'm living with my wife in a medium size downtown apartment with carpet floors.
We're thinking about getting a Boxer puppy but I'm concern about the potty training of the dog and the carpet. I'm pretty sure it will be accidents, but I have no idea how to clean them, how efficient the cleaning will be, or if it's even a viable idea all together...

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks!
We live in a condo but have hardwood floors in most of the rooms except the bedrooms, where its carpet. We use natures miracle to clean Mickey's messes (on both hardwood and carpet). Natures Miracle is an awesome product. It completely nukes the smell and stains. The first 6 months were rough, we went through a lot of bottles of Nature's Miracle. For potty training, we used pee pee pads for the first few months and then weaned him off of it and to the sidewalk. Also, please keep in mind that your boxer puppy will have tons of energy, so plan for multiple walks/trips to the park and/or daycare for a few days for socialization and to burn his energy off.
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Natures Miracle is what I was going to recommend as well. Regular cleaners remove the smell to us but dogs can still smell it. NM has enzymes that removes the smells to the dogs.

I would invest in a steam cleaner such as a Bissell Pro or if you want something much smaller a Bissell Spotbot . That way you can quickly and effectively remove any accidents right away.

I typically do not recommend this breed for apartments or condo's, however some people seem to make it work. Your puppy will need a lot of exercise, so if you are willing to take that on then go for it
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Pinterest has a great recipe for carpet cleaning, especially spot treatment. Spray vinegar on then sprinkle on baking soda. Then use a carpet cleaner... It's gets chocolate milk out of the carpet nicely!!!! I have a bottle of spray cleaner from the local hardware store and it works great too!


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Pinterest has a great recipe for carpet cleaning, especially spot treatment. Spray vinegar on then sprinkle on baking soda. Then use a carpet cleaner... It's gets chocolate milk out of the carpet nicely!!!! I have a bottle of spray cleaner from the local hardware store and it works great too!


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Hi there!

I just went through this, my little pup just turned 6 months and is finally potty trained...phew.

I live in a carpeted apartment, with only two rooms that are tiled. Here's what worked for us:

First off I took about 3 weeks off from work. This is important if you want to start potty training immediately because you'll need to take your puppy out every 2-3 hours. I didn't want to use puppy pads because I heard it takes longer to break a puppy of this habit afterwards.

Second, keep the puppy in a crate or uncarpeted room... you'll have accidents to clean and it's so much easier off carpet. Then introduce your puppy to carpeted parts of your home with constant supervision. My little beast would love turning the corner for a pee, just directly out of my line of sight (so I couldn't reprimand her).

Finally, invest in a Bissell steam cleaner and Nature's Miracle (there's a lovely scented one, something flowery) for the inevitable accidents there will be.

Good luck! It's definitely doable raising a Boxer pup in an apartment just be ready to spend lots of time outside.
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Nature's Miracle is awesome. We were told about it when we got our first dog & have used it ever since. The pup will have accidents but if you stick with a good schedule to go outside you will do great. Good luck & can't wait tosee pictures when you get your new fur baby.
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I live in a carpeted apartment as well... Expect accidents but when you can't be supervising them, try to have them in a crate or soemwhere not carpeted(bathroom, kitchen, etc). I recommend the Nature's Miracles... It works wonders.. I also suggest those lil carpet cleaners that are meant to suck up liquid out of the carpet. One of em is the Bissell Little Devil. They are awesome!!!! Really gets it out of the carpet. Make sure you vaccumm often and try to take the little one out FREQUENTLY!!!
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Pinterest has a great recipe for carpet cleaning, especially spot treatment. Spray vinegar on then sprinkle on baking soda. Then use a carpet cleaner... It's gets chocolate milk out of the carpet nicely!!!! I have a bottle of spray cleaner from the local hardware store and it works great too!


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Yes this does work but be sure to do it in just this order and don't leave it sit for any period of time at all.... We learned this ourselves the hard way.

With the litter we were bound to have accidents on our white carpet and we did to a somewhat smaller degree than we expected, however, I was still disgusted with it and finally began ripping carpet out of my house and replacing it with laminate flooring. We do still have white carpet in our bedroom for the time being and found this exact recipe while perusing the Internet and decided to give it a try because they are natural ingredients safe for us and our fur kids. However, the recipe we found never outlined the order of usage so we put the baking soda on the carpet, rubbed it in, then added vinegar :O it was pretty to watch and surely with all that fizzing the carpet was coming clean.

In the end, what we had were several areas of spots of clumped up baking soda that I had to painstaking crawl around on the floor and scrub by hand

My advice... Go to a Lowes, Home Depot, even a Toys-R-Us and purchase a few sets of those rubber or foam link together kids area floor mats. Also, buy yourself some painters plastic. Put the linked sets together, tape, staple, glue or otherwise fasten the painters plastic to the bottom side of your mats and place them in the designated area where your pup will be out playing while you are home. You can choose to make this a large area and place pee pads in a designated spot on it or you could just buy one set, place it in an easy to get to spot and put the pee pad on it. The wonderful thing about this is that it's easy to break down for when company comes over, for traveling or just to move from room to room for say bed time, play time, quiet time etc. they clean easy and will protect the life of your carpet far better than even weekly carpet cleaning will. Also, since you live in an apartment, I'm sure you know there will be times when pup begins to squat and you can't get there in time to stop it. With pups, it's been my experience that once the flood gates open, they don't stop til the dam is dry. These mats are an excellent place to run your pup to in an emergency.

Just my two cents... With a litter of pups, trial and error have taught us many things.
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Hello everybody, I've raised two boxers in my parents suburban house, a few years ago I got married and now I'm living with my wife in a medium size downtown apartment with carpet floors.
We're thinking about getting a Boxer puppy but I'm concern about the potty training of the dog and the carpet. I'm pretty sure it will be accidents, but I have no idea how to clean them, how efficient the cleaning will be, or if it's even a viable idea all together...

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks!
I wouldn't get a high energy dog if your living in an apt. They need room to run and be active. Use the cleaners with oxy in them, took the stains out of my carpet.


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