How to Use Dog Training Pads
Every dog parent wants to make sure that the dog is a part of the family and conforms to the lifestyle already in place. Some of these lifestyles include clean floors and sheets. So, the first thing to do to achieve this feat is potty training using dog training pads or other methods.
There are several reasons to use a dog training pad. You might be living in a high-rise apartment, might be sick or convalescing, might be immobile, living in a city with harsh weather, or simply love the potty pads.
Maybe your dog is old, sick and feeble or your pup is unvaccinated, or you are barely at home to take your dog to the potty outside. Every reason is valid, and I guess its time to find out how to use dog potty pads.
Things You Should Do Before You Start Potty Training
- Always keep an eye on your dog and observe where it goes, what it does and any change in behavior.
- Add a bell to the dog’s collar to keep you keep an ‘ear’ on it when you get busy.
- Prepare or buy your dog’s favorite treat and keep them handy.
- Regulate the puppy’s meals and drinks.
- Get a cue word or words ready and practice them first.
- Prepare other materials that can make the training easier such as the clicker, crate or the e-collar. Learn how they work and introduce them to the puppy first.
How Do You Train A Dog to Pee or Poop on A Pad?
Training your puppy to use a potty pad is not an uphill task but it requires a lot of patience. To achieve the best results in ample time, you need to spend a lot of time with your dog.
Although it is easier to carry out potty pad training for a puppy, it is also possible to train older dogs to go potty on pee pads.
It will definitely take more time and patience to train an older dog. This is because it will be a task to break the old habits of the dog before teaching it a new one.
If you want an older dog to go on a pee pad, you need to map out a strategy and gather all the materials needed. You have to decide if you have to partition the house or not.
The materials you need for the potty pad training of your puppy are not far-fetched. You will need:
- Treats…plenty of it
- A pee pad, of course.
- Time. You need to remind your dog to go potty every hour.
- Patience and lots of love.
If you want to successfully potty train a dog, you need to be consistent and you need to take your temper out of the picture. These are the steps you can take to potty train your puppy using potty pads.
Step 1: Give your puppy some time to get familiar with the pad. Let it sniff and walk all over it. Whenever it steps on the potty, use the cue word you have decided to use for the training.
Step 2: Study your puppy and observe its behavior changes especially when it is about to eliminate. When you observe such behavior, take your puppy to its pee pad and use the cue word. Keep some treats handy and anticipate.
Remember that puppies always need to go after a nap, a meal, drinking and playing outside. Take it to the pad after such activities and keep saying the cue word(s).
When they sniff at the pad, it is an indication they actually want to eliminate. Give it some time on the pad and keep the cue words coming.
Taking the puppy to its pad potty after every 1-2 hours is a habit that must be formed before success can be achieved.
Step 3: Giving treats to a puppy creates a sort of bonding and friendship between you and your furry friend. Your dog will do all it can to repeat and action the brought about your praise or some treats.
Whenever your puppy successfully eliminates on the pad, give it some treats and pats or whatever way that you show your happiness and satisfaction to your dog.
Keep the schedule going. As the puppy grows older, you can increase the number of hours between each potty trip.
It is believed that the number of months a puppy is, corresponds to the number of hours they can stay before its time to go to the bathroom again.
Can You Train A Dog to Use Pee Pads Outside?
Always remember the cue word and use them each time the dog wants to go. Do not change the cue words as it will confuse the dog and prolong the training. It is therefore important to choose a cue word you are willing to use for the training before you start.
If you decide to change the cue words, it is therefore important to lower the standards and allow the dog to be familiar with the new command while it keeps making mistakes.
Keep the pee pads at the specific place until the puppy can go potty by itself. Once the feat the achieved, slowly move the pad towards the door.
Then if the puppy keeps using the potty as you move it, take it outside. The training is complete when the puppy goes to the potty pad at the specific bathroom spot.
VIDEO: How To Train A Dog On A Training Pad
This video explains how you can potty train your dog using the dog training pads.
Factors to Consider When Choosing A Pee Pad
When making a choice for a potty pad, you have to make sure it a material that is easy to clean, absorbent and large. It should be able to cover enough surface area that will enable the dog to use it most times.
Larger dogs will definitely need larger potty pads than smaller dogs and it can be replaced s the puppy grows bigger. Cloth, paper towels, old newspapers, and carpets are all great options.
Cheap and easily available options are the paper towels and the old newspaper. But they can be difficult to clean when the dog pees on them.
The cloth towels are absorbent and can soak up the urine but it will require frequent washing. Sometimes, the dog might turn it into a chew toy especially if it cant get a whiff of its excreta.
Although it is expensive, dog pee pads sold in stores are the best option because they are very absorbent, comes in different sizes and can be easily disposed of. They can be used indoors and outdoors too.
Mistakes You Should Keep Away from While Potty Training A Dog
- Do not allow your puppy to eat food, play on, chew or pull the pads. This will confuse the dog if the pad is a toy or a potty.
- Do not move the potty around till the puppy is already used to eliminating on the pad.
- If your puppy eliminates in the wrong place, do not its nose on it. It will create fear and force the dog to find hidden places to pee or poop. It might end up using a pile of laundry or a newspaper pile or in a wardrobe.
- Do not punish or scream a dog if you didn’t catch it making the mistake. It won’t understand what the punishment is for. It might get the dog to become aggressive or withdrawn.
- If you catch a dog eliminating in the wrong place, do not kick, scream or tug hard at the leash. Gently take it to the pad or the potty outside. Use the cue words and treats, when it obeys the command.
Is Pee Pad Training A Good Idea?
If you are considering choosing this potty-training method, it is best to take a look at the pros and cons and decide if it is something you would want to do. It is usually preferred to other methods by some dog parents due to some factors while some others believe it is not an option.
However, the choice remains yours and they are totally valid as well.
Advantages of Dog Training Pads
- If you live in a high-rise apartment, accidents might happen before the dog takes the flight of stairs or the elevator to the yard. The pee pad is therefore convenient and is easily accessible.
- If you are living in an area with harsh weather or weather that would not be convenient enough for the dog to go outside, this method is better.
- Cleaning up the mess is easier than in other methods. The pad soaks up the excreta and is disposed of with it.
- If you are always busy or away from home and cannot take your dog to potty outside, this is suitable since the dog can do its business in the house while you are away.
- If the dog parent is old, feeble, sick, convalescent, immobile or bedridden, it is a suitable method since the dog does not require much assistance to go to the bathroom outside.
Disadvantages of Dog Training Pads
- This method will reduce the outdoor time of the dog and keep it holed up indoors often. Potty time sometimes means ‘fresh air’ time, actually.
- The use of the potty pads may confuse the dog and make them see any paper or cloth lying around as a potty. They might go on foot mats, magazines, newspapers and even on the folded laundry.
- Some puppies might find it difficult to eliminate outdoors after the indoor pad training, even after several trials.
- Since potty pads can be used by the dog without supervision over time, it might start to eat its own poo. This is known as coprophagia. Other leashes potty methods can be used to get rid of this behavior since the dog is usually under close supervision in this method.
- When the dog goes for a walk or goes to a dog park, it finds it difficult to eliminate since there are no pads available.