Puppy Pad Training Tips
Housetraining a puppy is usually the first thing that
comes to mind when you bring home that cute little bundle
of fur and energy. One way to do this is by using puppy
. Puppy pads are specially-scented absorbent
pads (available from pet supply stores or online
that help draw puppies to them to eliminate.
Puppy pad training isn't for everyone, and some people
feel that going this route makes the entire housebreaking
process longer (since you'll be encouraging your dog to
eliminate indoors for a while). It is often easier to
housetrain your dog to go outdoors right from the
However, sometimes you can't be home - and your poor
little puppy's bladder is full. Training your pup to use
the pads is one way to help make sure your puppy isn't
in agony if you don't get home in time; it saves your
floors from inappropriate messes; and it gives you a
little more freedom and peace of mind if you're late
Note: It's common for puppies to pee when they're excited.
It's uncontrollable for them so don't make a big deal out of it
(it's not one of the situations where you need to try to enforce
the puppy-pad training). Just clean it up. Most puppies will
naturally outgrow this in a few months.
Here are a few suggestions to help you on your way:
- Try to keep the puppy pads in the same location all the time.
- When your little guy starts to show signs that he needs
to go (such as sniffing and circling), quickly and calmly
pick him up and put him on the pad. Praise him when he uses it.
- If you find that your puppy won't use the pads, try using
a combination of a puppy pen and a crate to encourage him: get a
crate that's just large enough for him to comfortably stand,
lie down, and turn around in. Put down lots of comfy blankets.
Then place the crate inside the pen (leave the crate door
open), and the pads in the pen area (not
inside the crate).
Most dogs do not like to eliminate in the same
place they sleep. When puppy wakes up, hopefully he'll
leave his kennel to relieve himself on the pads.
- Be consistent - be alert for signs that your
puppy needs a potty break. Then take him to the
puppy pads and praise him when he goes.
Remember, accidents will happen. If you don't
catch him in the act, don't punish him (and never
physically hit your dog for any reason). He won't
understand since he's relieved himself countless
times even before he met you! Just clean up the
mess and move on.
If you do catch him in the act, firmly
say no and take him back to the pads. Praise
him when he finishes there.
- Be positive! Any type of training takes time, and
in this case, you're basically training a baby!
Praise your puppy when he uses the pads to reinforce what
you want him to do. Soon you'll be ready to get rid of
those pads and teach your puppy to go potty outdoors.
Puppy pad training can be a useful tool, especially for
people who aren't always able to let a young puppy outside
for bathroom breaks as often as the pup may need. The pads
are ultra-absorbent and protect your floors... so if it's
something you have been considering, don't hesitate to
give it a try.