Deska was really hard to toilet train - and I'm pretty sure it was because the breeder had him going on puppy pads inside. I worked part time initially when Deska was young and full-time with Tully. For Tully I made a pee tray - got a container lid and put kitty litter in (with a bit of dirt mingled in so it smelt like dirt) and then some fake grass over the top. I left it in the garage and she was happy to use it and it was easy to clean and re-use (I had 2 pieces of grass and rotated them). I see now you can buy a piece of turf and I guess if I had to do it again for a puppy I'd use the turf instead of fake grass. I also ended up putting in a dog door.