Getting your dog to use training pads each and every time
(c) 2011-2019 Frania Shelley-Grielen all rights reserved
City dwellers, new puppy owners and house trainers, often use training pads
to help 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 pet waste in a set 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 door.
- 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.
- 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 willA little thinking things through for your pet and you can contain waste where
more likely target the newspaper which will soak through to the pad
it needs to be.
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"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
copyright Frania Shelley-Grielen
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