As pet parents, the majority of us are used to potty training our pups outside. But for those who own small breeds that are easy targets for getting stolen, who live in extremely cold / extremely hot climates or who live in apartments, buildings or houses with no lawns, potty training your pup outside is not always an easy option.
But don't you worry! That’s why pee pads for indoor potty training are very handy in scenarios like these! The following steps will help you start out well with your pee pad training.
Set limitations (for now).
Provide your pup with a pen or a confinement area in the house that’s big enough for him to move and play around. Do not give him full access to the house yet.
Why, you ask? Because this will only increase the chances of your pup peeing in the wrong places and he will just keep coming back to those spots over and over again, which may cause you to want to rip your hair out, so we don't need that!
When he looks like he’s about to take ‘the break’, say the magic word (it can be potty, pee, depends on you) and take him to where the pee pad is.
Feed on schedule.
Feed your pup at the same time everyday and never let any food bowl lie around. Take it away after he’s done eating even if there are still some leftovers. Doing this will reduce any chances of him having that “extra fuel in the tank," if you know what I mean.
Rewards are everything.
When your dog finishes eliminating on the pee pad, make sure you commend him and reward his good behavior. By praising him for a training well done, he will realize that “Hey, eliminating on the pee pad is actually a good thing! I might try and do that every time!”
Give your dog his reward treat, pat, cuddle or belly rub before he goes back to his confinement area so he will be able to connect with what prompted the reward.
C’mon. He’s just a puppy!
Come on, he’s just a puppy, who’s trying his best to get used to pee pad training. It is inevitable that there will really be stressful times where he’ll pee or ‘drop the bombs’ on unwanted places, that is just what comes with being a pet parent training their new pup! I know you’ll probably be upset but you can just startle him instead of scaring the hell out of him.
You can startle him by clapping your hands or calling his name to get his attention. Yelling at your pup won’t be very helpful because he’ll just get scared of you. And when he’s scared, he’ll make it a behavior to hide from you whenever he feels like taking a ‘break.' This will cause serious issues right off the bat, and they may turn into long-term issues if they aren't solved right away.
Choosing the best pee pads
The one thing you have to look for in a pee pad is its absorption capacity. You don't want a pee pad that couldn't mop up your dog's pee, right? It should be able to absorb & hold more liquid. Pee pads should also be waterproof, leakproof, and stay in one spot! Your pup should not be able to move and transfer the pad wherever/whenever he wants to. This feature will also save your furniture and carpets from unwanted stains and mess!
Disposable or Washable?
Surely, the disposable ones will save you time from washing it every now and then, but washable pee pads are more cost-effective and practical. Dogs have the tendencies to shred the disposable ones - that will mean a huge clean-up and another additional expense (not to mention the stress)! And we know you wouldn't want that! Washable pee pads are durable, strongly stitched and won't be shredded by your dog.
Practice this routine for two to three weeks for your pup to fully get used to it and eventually make it a habit. Just remember that you and your pup are life partners. Do everything you can to help him to be pee pad-trained, and you will enjoy a long, high-quality life and friendship together!
Now, you can raise your pup from puppyhood, to adulthood while keeping your home clean, and your pet family happy.