Getting your dog to use training pads each and every time (c) 2011-
2017 Frania Shelley-Grielen all rights reserved
City dwellers, new puppy owners and house trainers, often rely on training pads to aid
in house training a puppy or to fill in for a relief walk for older and younger dog alike.
Apartment living mostly means no backyard for that bathroom respite and rain can
make some of the best trained dogs turn tail and head back to the high rise. While
walking is always best to instill good house breaking, (after all, "wee wee" pads work
partly because they are grass scented) second best is offering a fixed place for indoor
relief, such as pads or newspaper, which will contain waste in a set, predetermined
location. But what about when your pet won’t use them? Or those near misses? You
know the ones right next to the pad?
In order to understand and address what’s happening with your pet missing the mark,
consider the circumstances:
- Are pads and paper changed frequently?
- Where is the elimination happening?
- Is it next to the exit door?
- Is it close to the pad or paper?
- Has the pet been trained to use an alternative?
Once you have considered some of the factors be consistent with your approach to set
your pet up for success:
- No scolding or punishing. Think training for the behaviors we want instead of
giving a lecture our pet cannot understand. Never push a dog into a soiled area,
this teaches nothing but that you will hurt them and they should fear you.
- Change pads and paper as soon as they are soiled or as quickly as possible to
ensure your pet will have a clean surface to use.
- If the elimination is happening close to your exit door, your pet may be trying to
get eliminate as close to outside as possible. Move the pads or paper next to the
- If elimination is close or in proximity of the pad or paper your pet may simply
need more than one pad or paper. Some dogs will position themselves to relieve
themselves and move forward or backward before, after or during the process.
Your pet may be starting on the proper surface and run out of area before he or
she is done. An extra pad or more paper will fix this.
A little thinking things through for your pet and you can contain waste where it needs
- Consider covering the top of the pad with several layers of newspaper for the pet
that has been paper trained as a puppy. This sort of dog will more likely target
the newspaper which will soak through to the pad underneath.
"Consider covering the top of the pad
with several layers of newspaper for
the pet that has been paper trained as
a puppy. This sort of dog will more
likely target the newspaper which
will soak through to the pad
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