House training a puppy can present unexpected challenges for busy puppy owners. For many people, puppy training pads are a necessary part of the house-training process.
Puppy pads provide dog owners with a way to help their puppies eliminate without making a mess of their home. Puppy pads can be used while owners are away from home, and they can also give puppies a chance to go when the weather is too cold, or when the outdoors simply scare a puppy too much. However, puppy pads require training and discipline to ensure their effectiveness. Consider these 7 tips on how to train your puppy to use a pad:
1. Designate an Area for the Pad
Pick a specific room or corner to let your puppy use their pads. Then, restrict your puppy’s access to the pad when not taking a scheduled bathroom break. If the dog sees the pad as having a specific purpose, rather than being a general part of the house, she’ll better recognize the pad later on.
2. Use a Strict Schedule for Bathroom Breaks and Feeding
Puppies will need to go more frequently than older dogs, about every 2-3 hours, and a consistent schedule will better acquaint your puppy with the purpose of the pad. Likewise, food should be given at specific times of the day, for short intervals, then removed. This will help prevent accidents caused by excessive or irregular eating.
3. Reward Your Puppy for Using the Pad
Guide your puppy to the training pad on a leash. When your puppy does use the pad, give her a treat and some affectionate attention. Your pet will soon understand that using the pad leads to happy owners.
When your puppy does not use the pad during a bathroom break, guide your puppy to a separate room and let them be alone for 10-15 minutes. This will encourage your puppy to use the pad, so that she may rejoin the activity.
4. Move the Puppy to the Pad During and After Accidents
If your puppy looks ready to eliminate, is about to do so, or has just eliminated in the wrong place, move them to the pad right away. This helps your dog draw connections better than a pop on the nose, and your puppy will naturally prefer to eliminate in peace, rather than be hoisted across the house.
5. Be Patient with Your Puppy
Remain calm when your puppy makes mistakes. Negative responses can have a lasting impact on the personality and mood of your puppy. Scolding, hitting, or rubbing their nose in the mess will only increase the confusion of your puppy.
6. Keep Puppies in a Kennel While Away
When away from home, keep your puppy in a large enough cage or kennel and put a training pad in the corner. This is not guaranteed to work, of course, but once a puppy gets more accustomed to eliminating on pads, they will be more likely to use the pads on their own.
7. Find the Right Product for Your Puppy
Puppy pads come in plenty of different brands and styles. Many puppy pads, like Four Paws Wee-Wee Pads, use chemicals that attract your dog. Others, such as the Fresh Patch Disposable Dog Potty, offer real grass to help simulate the experience of going outdoors. For paper/plastic pads, pad holders can also keep pads in place and improve sanitation. Experiment with different brands to find what works best for you and your puppy.
Once trained, your puppy will be happy to know the best way to relieve herself while making her owners proud. Contact us to learn more about recommended products, when to use puppy pads, and the boarding services we offer. We’ll look forward to hearing from you!