All right, so building the pottie box just ended up being to much work at this time. I'm sure I'll get to it eventually, but now is just not the time. Probably when the weather gets better, because sawing wood and coating things with polyurethane is not a good indoor activity.
So, to tide us through the difficult winter months and my stubborn dogs, this weekend my husband and I went to PetCo to pick up a doggie litter box and some dog litter.
I checked around at all of the local pet supply stores, and PetCo was the only place that had a box made especially for dogs. I checked the reviews online and it seems that the opinions are very mixed as to how well the dog uses it, how the litter smells, etc. Which means, of course, that only time will truly tell.
Tonight I'm going to set up the box with a pee pad on the bottom to get them used to it before I introduce the litter. I really hope the dogs will use it. Otherwise, it's going to be a VERY long winter.....