What could be more exciting than getting a new puppy? Nothing! However, the reality of owning a new puppy usually sinks in quickly. Puppies must be trained early to avoid forming bad habits. You may consider Pee pad training if you have a small breed, physical disabilities or live in tall buildings.
- Pee Pads
- Baby Gate
- Non-carpeted area
Set up a room for your dog, When you can’t watch your dog, or when you are away from the house, leave the dog in a small bathroom or laundry room with pads covering the entire floor. Also leave some water, toys and some bedding to lie on.
When you are home, take your dog to the pad regularly and wait for them to go. It’s recommended that you do this every 2-3 hours, as well as following sleep, play and eating periods. Reward your dog generously whenever they successfully use the pee pad. Keep your dog on a leash to prevent them from wandering away. Simply stand with your dog while on the pee pad, on-leash, and ignore them until they have successfully used the pee pad. If they haven’t used it after 5 minutes, then take your dog away from the spot.
Do this for 2-3 days, then take away one of the pads (leaving all the others). In two more days, take another pad away. Two days later, remove another, and so on concentrating the area. The idea is to wean your dog off of each pad until there is only one left in the room. If the dog pees outside of the remaining pads, put the rest back and start over.
No punishment. This is a very important step! Do not yell at your dog if they have an accident. If your dog has an accident, simply take them quickly to their pad. All yelling will do is teach your dog to poop and pee when you are not around (when it’s “safe”).
Maintain this routine for about 2 weeks. If your dog is not having accidents at that point, begin to give them a little more freedom and continue to reward successful potty trips. You could add a hallway or additional rooms. If your dog begins to soil again, go back to the steps mentioned above.
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Have you used dog pee pads to help train your pet? Tell us about your experience with dog pee pads in the comment section!