The grate and pee pan set has been used by many
Singaporean puppy owners with varying degrees of
success. This case shows success in getting the small
breed dog to step up onto the grate to pee but not to
poo. How did the owner do it?
Positive reinforcement training for the puppy
using verbal commands and food treats whenever the puppy
shows signs of elimination (squatting, sniffing). For
the working couple in this case study, it took a lot of
time of many weeks. Training would be done when they
returned home from work.
Clean grate is important. "My dog is very
clean. He does not pee onto the grate if I do not wipe
off the urine after he had peed onto it. I wash the
grate with detergent at the end of each day."
I was impressed as it is not easy as most Singapore
owners failed to get the dog to walk up and step onto
the grate to eliminate. "Does he poop onto the grate
"No," she said. "He poops on the tiled
floor in the balcony or kitchen. I just remove the poop,
washed the floor with vinegar:acid spray. It was a good
idea to use a spray bottle.
I know of many owners whose dogs just use the grate for
peeing. The reason may be that
the grate is too small or not cleaned after the puppy
has had peed. The lady owner whose left finger had a
splint and plaster while trying to save her dog from
being killed by a big dog at the park, probably did not
wipe the grate after the dog had peed, at the beginning
of training. The dog is now over 1.5 years old.
dog is used to pooping onto the tiled floor, it is
difficult to re-train him.
"Why don't you put newspapers onto the
two frequented floor spots where the dog poops so that
you can just throw away the soiled newspaper with
The lady said: "The dog used to shred newspapers when he
is alone. So I do not use newspapers.
"The dog has grown up and may not shred newspapers," I
proposed she does paper-training.
In any case, the young couple is very happy with the
dog. He does not urine-mark inside the apartment despite
being a male dog.
But there is some area for reducing her cleaning
workload if the adult dog can be paper-trained to
pee and poo since she is no longer working.
put newspapers on the pee pan. Let the dog use the pee
pan to pee and poop. Use a larger pee pan.
newspapers may or may not be the adult dog's habit now.
Who knows until we try. If the dog can be paper-trained,
so much washing and mopping is avoided! But many dog
owners have not thought of this 2nd stage as they are
quite happy with the status quo.
"Vinegar:water at 1:4 spray bottle is a good idea. It is
meant to neutralise the urine smell in the pee
pan or floor," I explained to the happy couple who loved
this little rascal whose jugular vein was attacked by a
big dog during exercise in a park. The grate was
washed or wiped by laundry detergent. It seemed to work
too as the dog continues peeing onto it.