So you go to the pet store on a simple “window-shopping” trip. Before you know it, you’re smothered by the overwhelming fluffiness of all the adorable puppies. Then… there he is – the cutest little puppy in the world. You look him in the eyes, he looks you in the eyes – it’s love at 1st sight. Whatever you have to do to get him. How could you say no to those adorable puppy eyes?
You bring home your furry little ball of happiness and watch him sniff around his new home. “Aw, so cute…,” you think to yourself. A life full of happiness awaits you. Then… he does it… the thing you never considered, or maybe you did, but didn’t care cause he was so cute. He takes the stinkiest (and cutest) crap right on your new rug, then stares at you with those adorable eyes, proud of his creation.
As Indoor Pup owners, and future Indoor Pup owners, we will all face this situation; and the difference between a future of cleaning up (and sometimes stepping in) your dogs business, and a stress-free future of enjoying a well-trained dog is, well, the trained part. Luckily for most indoor pup owners, puppy pad training your puppy to be house trained by using puppy pads can be relatively simple as long as you are consistent and follow a system. Keep reading to learn the Indoor Pup puppy pad training system:
1. Set a Consistent Feeding Schedule
The first step to puppy pad training your dog is to set a consistent feeding schedule for your puppy, and make sure to not leave your pup’s food out in between feeding schedules. This will allow you to know relatively when your pup will relieve themselves. Keep in mind that puppies can control their bladder for up to 15 minutes for each of their months. Setting a feeding schedule will also control when your dog relieves himself, so you can keep an eye on him while he does it, and respond accordingly.
2. Find the Perfect Location to Place Your Pad
The next thing you must do (which is best done before you bring your pup home) is find the perfect location to place the puppy pads. This location must be easily accessible to your puppy, and preferably not out in the open, so if you have people over, they won’t have to witness your dogs business. Most importantly, you must ensure that the location you place your pad does not change, as this will confuse your puppy and and cause difficulty during the puppy pad training process. If you do need to change the pads location, change it rarely, and preferably not during the first 2-4 weeks of the training process.
3. Regularly Take Your Pup to the Pad
Now it’s time to start training your puppy to recognize the pad as the place to relieve himself. Regularly take your puppy to the pad 10-20 minutes after they eat/drink, when they wake up, and during other when you’ve noticed your puppy has relieved himself. If your puppy pees/poops somewhere else besides the bad, don’t punish him. Simply make a sound to startle him so he stops, then pick him up and take him to the pad to finish his business.
4. Set a Command Word
It may take some time for your puppy to 1st use the pad. This is normal and completely okay, so don’t lose hope, and most importantly, don’t stop the training process; as this will disrupt the habit from being built. When your puppy 1st uses the pad, this is a huge victory! Congrats! Now, from here on out, each time your puppy uses the pad, state a command phrase like “use the pad,” “go potty,” or “do your business,” while they are relieving themselves. This is essential to puppy pad training your puppy as it will form a connection between the command and the act of relieving themselves and will further strengthen the habit of using the pad.
5. Reward and Praise Your Dog When They Use the Pad
If you are consistent with these simple steps, your dog will eventually build up a habit of only using the pad when they relieve themselves. Sweet victory. Don’t forget that your puppy was right along side training with you and deserves to be rewarded for being a good dog. Whenever he uses the pad, praise him by telling him what a good dog he is and rubbing his head. Be thankful that he’s using the pad and not your rug and show him how thankful you are. If you’d like, you can even treat your pup – that will make them very happy!
Please keep in mind that puppy pad training can take anywhere from 4-6 months, and sometimes a little longer if you started training your puppy late. Sometimes your puppy may not use the pad, and that’s okay. Just keep loving them and building the habit. Puppy pad training can be a difficult process, but totally worth it in the end. Remember, house training your pup is all about consistency, patience, and positive reinforcements. The ultimate goal is to instill a positive habit in your pup while building a loving relationship between you and your furry little pal.
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