Perhaps you have a new puppy or even older dog, and you need to learn how to train your dog to use puppy pads or wee wee pad. Whatever your reasons are for coming to this decision, welcome to our pee club!
PS – don’t listen to the nay-sayers that say puppy pads are off limits. We have our own little club now and those people aren’t invited. HA!
There are a lot of benefits with using puppy pads. For me, the biggest personal benefit is not having to get up in the middle of night to take my small dog outside in the event, the very likely event, that she has to go to the bathroom. In a perfect world, dogs can hold it all night – but sometimes, as we all know, nature calls! Puppy pads allow your dog to answer their call from nature without actually having to be taken out into nature. My Yorkshire Terrier weighs 3 lbs. on a good day, so as you can imagine, that bladder of hers is the size of a pea (or should I spell it pee). I digress, sorry about that – So, the most popular method to successfully training your dog to use a puppy pad is to follow these simple steps. I can say this method worked for me (you know the old pep talk, if I can do it – YOU can do it). Consistency is your friend and it will pay off.
- Restrict your dog’s access within the house. Keep your dog on a leash with you or designate an uncarpeted area to be the dog’s space until your puppy or dog gets the hang of using the pads. When the dog looks as though she’s (my dog is a girl, so we will run with “she” for the sake of simplicity) about to do her business, say “potty” (or whatever word you choose – be creative, but also chose a word you would be comfortable saying in front of mixed company) and take her quickly to her pad. Give her lots of praise and a small treat when she goes on the pad!
- No punishment. That’s it. You aren’t perfect, don’t expect your pup to be.
- Set up her space for while you are away. Leave your dog in a small bathroom with pads covering the entire floor. Don’t forget to also leave her some water, toys and some bedding to lie on. Do this for a couple of days, then take away one at a time. In two more days, remove another, then another, and so on. Eventually there will only be one pad left. Think “Survivor”, but with no annoying people. If she pees somewhere other than the pad, start the process over again.
- Feed your dog on the same schedule. Consistency with eating results in consistency with, well… you know.
- Take her to her pad regularly and hang out with her. Every 2-3 hours should do. Always take her after periods of sleep or play and of course, after meals. Dogs are great listeners – use this bonding time as an opportunity to talk through your problems of the day. And remember to always praise good behavior and never punish unwanted behavior.
You should see success with this method in about 2 or 3 weeks. Be patient. It will work. Your parents potty trained you after all, didn’t they? I hope.
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