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 or 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 pads for indoor potty training are very handy in scenarios like these, especially Pet Parents® Pawtect® Washable Pads.
As mentioned by experts at Bond Vet, one of the major advantages of pads is extreme convenience. They can be a useful aid for training, especially at the stage in your fur-baby’s life when they need to go frequently. Maintenance and cleanup are as simple as tossing the previous pad in the wash and laying down another. Versatility is a plus as well: you can use pads part-time or full-time to fit your dog’s needs and your lifestyle.
The following steps will help you start out well with your pad training with Pet Parents® Pawtect® Washable Pads.
Feed your pup at the same time every day and never let any food bowl lie around. Doing this will reduce any chances of them having that “extra fuel in the tank".
Have your dog explore the pads.
Dogs are curious animals and they love to explore. When introducing Pet Parents® Pawtect® Washable Pads to your dog, allow them to sniff, paw, and lay on the pads. You don’t want to be introducing it for use immediately and scare your fur-baby off. Let your dog take their time acquainting themselves with the pads. No need to rush!
Set limitations (for now).
When your dog has already acquainted themselves with the pad, it’s time to set limitations. Provide your pup with a pen or a confinement area in the house that’s big enough for them to move and play around. Do not give them 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 they will just keep coming back to those spots over and over again. This may cause you to want to rip your hair out and go absolutely crazy. We don't need that and we don’t want that to happen!
When they look like they are about to take ‘the break’, say any magic word (it can be potty, pee - totally depends on you) and take them to where the Pawtect® Pad is so they can potty.
Feed on schedule.
Feed your pup at the same time every day and never let any food bowls lie around. Take it away after they are done eating, even if there are still some leftovers. Doing this will reduce any chances of them having that “extra fuel in the tank," if you know what I mean.
Rewards are everything.
When your dog finishes eliminating on the Pawtect® Pad, make sure you commend them and reward their good behavior. By praising them for a training well done, they will realize that “Hey, going on the Pawtect® Pad is actually a good thing! I might try again and do that every time!”
Give your dog their reward treat, pat, cuddle, or belly rub before they go back to their confinement area so they will be able to connect and associate with what prompted the reward.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, positive reinforcement training makes use of a reward for good behaviors of your fur-baby. Because the reward makes them more likely to repeat the behavior, positive reinforcement is one of your most powerful tools for shaping or changing your dog's behavior.
C’mon. They're just a puppy!
Come on, they are just puppies who are trying their best to get used to pad training. It is inevitable that there will really be stressful times where they will pee or ‘drop the bombs’ on unwanted places. It’s normal as that is just one of the many things that comes with being a pet parent training their new pup! We know you’ll probably be upset, but you can just startle them whenever they are about to go, rather than yelling and scaring them.
You can startle them by clapping your hands or calling their names to get their attention. Yelling at your pup won’t be very helpful because they will just get scared of you. And when they are scared, they will make it a behavior to hide from you whenever they need to go potty. 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
"Washable pee pads are durable, strongly stitched and won't be shredded by your dog."
The one thing you have to look for in a 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 can stay in one spot!
Your fur-baby should also not be able to move and transfer the pad wherever or whenever they want to. This feature will also save your furniture and carpets from unwanted stains and mess!
We’ll let you in on something: Pawtect® Pads are all the great things mentioned above and even more!
Disposable or Washable?
Surely, the disposable pads will save you time from washing it every now and then, but washable 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 expenses (not to mention the stress)! And we know you wouldn't want that! Pawtect® Pads are durable, strongly stitched, and won't be shredded by your dog.
You can 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 them 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 healthier and happier.