Having a new puppy is always an exciting learning experience. In most cases, puppy pads will be a super useful tool! If the weather is too cold or wet for the pup to potty outside, or you’re away, having your pet learn to use indoor pads is a good idea.
Naturally, it will take some training, as well as trial and error. Luckily, you can use these seven tips, and hopefully, the training journey will be a little more enjoyable!
Choose a Spot for the Pad
It’s a good idea to get your puppy used to only going potty in one spot – a corner or room that works for you. This way, if they need to go potty and you couldn’t take them out, they know that it’s okay to use that pad.
Have a Schedule or Routine
When your puppy is still learning, having a few set times a day to go potty will help them recognize the pad or outside as “potty spots.” And a puppy will most likely need to go more frequently than an older dog. Getting the puppy used to this schedule will lessen the chances of accidents significantly!
Know how to Correct Accidents
Accidents happen! But you could help your puppy learn more quickly. If they make a mess in a spot that isn’t their designated potty spot, bring them to the pad quickly. This way, they can start recognizing the pad as the right spot to poop or pee.
Reward Desirable Behavior
When you’re just starting out, you could guide your puppy to the pad with a leash. Once your puppy starts using the pad on their own, reward them with treats, as a way of positive reinforcement.
Your puppy is still learning! They want to make you happy, but they need you to show them what to do.
Be calm when accidents happen, even when it feels frustrating. Yelling, hitting, or rubbing your puppy’s nose in the mess is more likely to have a lasting negative effect on them than teaching and guiding them.
Try a Crate or Kennel
If you’re worried that your puppy might have an accident while you’re away or asleep, a kennel could help.
Find an appropriately sized crate, and keep the puppy there when you’re unable to supervise. This alone isn’t guaranteed to stop messes, but it can make them more likely to use their pad on their own when not in the crate.
Your puppy has specific needs and preferences, just like you! It might take a few tries and training methods before they finally get it.
Be patient. You could also try using different types of pads to see what works best for your puppy. These pads may vary in material, sanitation directions, and more.
Once you get it down as a team, you and your puppy will be both happy. You won’t have to worry anymore about the mess that your puppy could make, and your puppy won’t have to worry about disappointing you.