(How to Teach Your Dog to Use Potty Pads)
Potty pads (also known as puppy pads or pee pads) are a useful tool for teaching your puppy where to go to the bathroom. Of course, because this isn’t a natural behaviour, you’ll have to teach your puppy to use a pee pad. This training method relies on consistency, which you may then utilise to educate your dog to finally pee outside. If you don’t know what to do, potty training a new puppy might be challenging, but there are various tools you can use to assist your puppy go potty where you want it to go.
Potty Pad Selection:
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A toilet pad’s purpose is to give a visible, constant spot for your puppy to relieve himself. You’ll want something that’s absorbent, easy to clean, and big enough to handle the messes that your puppy generates. In comparison to miniature breeds, large breed dogs may require heavy-duty solutions. Newspapers, paper towels, cloth towels, urine pads from the shop, and indoor/outdoor carpet toilet stations are all alternatives.
Newspaper and paper towels are filthy and difficult to clean up after your puppy has gone potty on them, but they are cheap. Cloth towels are absorbent, but they must be laundered on a regular basis, and your dog is more inclined to chew on them as if they were a blanket or toy. Because of their absorbency, size choices, and simplicity of disposal, store-bought pee pads are the most popular alternative. Indoor/outdoor carpet potty stations particularly made for dogs are wonderful solutions if you wish to educate your tiny dog to use the toilet indoors.
Introduce Potty Pads to Your Puppy:
Allow your dog to inspect and smell the potty pads you’ve selected. This will help it become acclimated to the new thing and not be afraid of it when it’s time to go pee. Allow your puppy to walk on the pad as you repeat a consistent command, such as “go potty,” at potty time.
- Plan for when your puppy will need to go potty.
- You’ll need to keep your puppy near by when toilet training so you can predict when they’re going to go potty. There are a few crucial moments and behaviours to keep an eye out for that will alert you when your puppy needs to urinate or defecate:
- Puppies normally go pee when they sleep, eat, drink, and play. You should pick up your puppy around 15 minutes after it accomplishes one of these things and set it on the potty pad in expectation of it needing to pee or defecate.
- If your puppy starts sniffing around on the ground instead of playing or chewing on a toy, it’s probably time to go potty. If it starts doing this, you should take it up and set it on the potty pad.
- It’s possible that your puppy will need to go pee every two to three hours. Make it a habit to take your puppy to the pee pad every couple hours or so.
Your Puppy Should Be Rewarded:
Puppies respond well to praise and rewards. If your dog uses its toilet pad, make sure to praise it right away. This can be expressed verbally in an eager tone of voice, by caressing your dog, or by providing it a special, soft reward that is only given when it is time to go pee.
Maintain a consistent schedule for your dog. This will make it easier for you to anticipate when your puppy may need to pee.
Each time, say the same command phrase.
Keep the potty pad in the same spot until your puppy begins to use it on his own. You may gradually move the potty pad closer to the door or outside where you want your dog to eventually use the toilet without using the potty pad after your puppy understands what to do on it.
Avoiding Training Mistakes:
Encourage your puppy not to pull on the toilet pad, chew on it, eat food on it, or play on it. This may cause your puppy to be confused about the potty pad’s function.
Do not relocate the potty pad until your dog understands what it is for and is routinely using it.
Make sure you choose and use a reward that your puppy is ecstatic to get. This will make the training process easier.
Problems and Proofreading Techniques:
If your puppy isn’t making it to the pee pad on time, try moving it closer to where it typically plays or eats, and then gradually move it closer to the door if you want to train it to potty outdoors in the future.
If you’re having trouble keeping track of your puppy and it’s having accidents when you’re not looking, try these tips:
- Attach a bell on its collar to help you locate it.
- Keep the leash on the puppy so that it drags behind it and leaves a trail for you to follow.
- Consider putting your puppy to sleep in a crate or exercise pen, which may cause it to whine if it has to go pee because dogs don’t want to poop in the same place they sleep.
If your puppy seems to be urinating all of the time, consult your veterinarian about possible issues that some puppies are known to have.