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Training a Dog to Use Piddle Pads

Sometimes it is necessary to teach your dog to relieve itself indoors. This guide is about training a dog to use piddle pads.


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By 1 found this helpful
November 13, 2014

If you are house training a puppy, piddle pads are a great tool to help speed to process. Sometimes you can find the best deals online. These pup training pads are large, absorbent, and only $.50 each.

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By 1 found this helpful
April 7, 2017

I have two small breed dogs that are a little over two months old. I'm trying to potty train them, but I'm having a hard time. They use the potty pad most the time, but lately they have been going wherever and I don't know who is doing it. When I catch them I get after them and take them to the potty pad, but it doesn't seem to work. Please help.

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April 7, 20170 found this helpful

Make sure they are on a strict feeding and walking schedule. Take food away between meals. Crate them if they make mistakes, and praise them when they do the right thing.

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By 0 found this helpful
May 22, 2017

How can I train my already house broken 1yr 8mo (6lbs) Yorkie, to pee after she's pooped on the pad tray if I'm not around to scoop it? And prevent her from picking it out to play with it and/or finishing her business on the terrace couch?

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May 22, 20170 found this helpful

From Animal Humane Society:

Set up her alone room. When you cant watch her, or when you are away from the house, leave Fluffy in a small bathroom with pads covering the entire floor: leave her some water, toys and some bedding to lie on. Do this for 2-3 days, then take away one of the pads (leaving all the others). In two more days, take another pad away. Two days later, remove another, and so on. The idea is to wean Fluffy off of each pad until there is only one left in the room. If she pees outside of the remaining pads, put the rest back and start over.

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February 12, 2017

I have a 1 year old Pomeranian. For 11 months he had been using a litterbox and it was working fine, but now we changed it to pee pads. The first week it worked, but after that he started peeing everywhere, everyday. Should I put the litterbox back?

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February 12, 20170 found this helpful

He is confused. I would put the litterbox back and put the pads in more places. When he does his business on the pad, give him a treat.

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February 14, 20170 found this helpful

These are adorable dogs and so easy to love..

Most training professionals seem to agree that using either method is okay but consistency is the most important factor.

Why did you change from a litter box to piddle pads? If the reason is important to you then I would say to continue your training with the pads.

Other questions: Do you use a doggie crate or does he have free range of the house all the time? Is the puppy alone for long periods of time? Will the puppy be going outside also? The answers to these questions will make a big difference in what your answer should be.

Since your puppy has now "used" different spots in the house you will have to thoroughly clean these areas or he will go right back to that area no matter what you do. Since we do not know what type of floors you have you can just Google your cleaning question and find many useful articles - but - this is a very important step.

As to the training - here are some very good sites that offer some good guidelines (be careful of the sites that just want to sell a certain product:

http://www.petp  n-house-training  Pomeranian-Puppy

http://www.akc.  ty-pad-training/

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July 9, 2015

My 7 yr. old mini Schnauzer/Yorkie is really a good boy, but I do put pee pads on the bathroom floor and confine him because: 1) there is less room to roam which makes him more comfortable and then he doesn't bark, and 2) he's home 10 hours while I'm at work.

He hits the pee pads, but then he feels he has to cover up whatever he's done, urine or poop, which makes a huge mess and defeats the purpose of the pads. Can anyone give me ideas on how to stop him from trying to bury his feces or urine?

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July 9, 20150 found this helpful

Get him a litter box. He can bury his poop and pee, then you just scoop it out.

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July 14, 20151 found this helpful

My mini schnauzer/Yorke uses puppy pads in the shower. She's very good at the using them. Not sure about the covering part, but I agree with the one person who suggested the litterbox. I'm writing mostly to see a picture of your doggy. I'm pretty sure my Sugarbear is the same mix, but I've never seen a dog that looks like her.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 13, 2015

My 11 month old Chihuahua will use a clean puppy pad, but if she poops just one time on it, she'll pee/poop on the floor. How can I stop this behavior?

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February 15, 20160 found this helpful

My 3 MO old does the same thing but puppy pads cost money. I'm on a fixed income so that does not help me. I need a cheaper way to do this.

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March 28, 20160 found this helpful

My Chihuahua is 18 mos, and does the very same thing. I take her to the pad after she's peed on the floor( after one use on the pad). Tell her "bad girl, this is where you pee!" Then, put her in time out in her cage, which she hates. I then pick up the poop, and let her out, and the next time she has to poop/pee, she will use the pad. Remember to pick up the poop, and reward/praise your dog if they use the pad instead of the floor.

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January 12, 2016

My puppy is nearly 3 months old. He already knows how to pee and poop on the training pad, but some times he does it on the floor. Does anyone have any ideas why some time he poops or pees on the floor?

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January 12, 20161 found this helpful

3 months old is still quite young. I think you are on the right track if your puppy is using the pad most of the time. You just have to keep encouraging and rewarding the good behavior. At that age, simply being distracted or excited could lead to an accident.

It's not even until 3 months old that most puppies have the ability physically control those bodily functions. So if you are having success right now, you are on the right track.

Try to avoid using snacks as a reward, many times puppies will be so excited about the snack, they won't relieve themselves completely. The relief of going to the bathroom and praise from you is a sufficient reward to encourage the behavior you want.

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June 7, 2015

My 10 month old male Maltese is pee pad trained. He just started peeing in other spots of our apt., out of the blue. I am wondering why. He's been great since 12wks old. Any help?

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June 8, 20150 found this helpful

Look for things in his life that may be causing stress... not enough exercise, tensions between family members, new pets or folks in the house. Also be sure and have things checked by a Vet. Bladder problems are so common and can cause this.

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May 24, 2015

My puppy is 4 months old. He knows where his pad is and he poops on it, but when he pees he'll smell the pad, but pees next to it on the floor. He'll also pee everywhere else even when we're watching and looking right at him. We'll stop him when he starts to pee, then we'll take him to the pad and sit there for 5-10 minutes, but he doesn't go so we let him go and 2 minutes later he'll pee right in front of me again. Any suggestions?

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May 29, 20150 found this helpful

Piddle pads are impregnated with a scent that makes most dogs want to "go" on them. But there is something about this scent your puppy dislikes or is afraid of.

Instead of these pads use newspaper or unscented pads made for incontinent elderly people to use in their beds.

Put some of his poop on it and see if that helps.

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March 15, 20150 found this helpful

I have a Maltese Yorkie mix that is 1 year and 2 months old. She's been great at peeing on her pee pad since she was 3 months.

She recently started peeing in front of me instead of her pee pad. I'm not sure what the reason is because she doesn't act ill and her urine is normal color.

Would you have any idea why she is starting to pee in front or right next to me? After I catch her, she knows she did something wrong, but she still continues to do it. So I was wondering if anyone has experienced something like this before.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

By Miley

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March 16, 20150 found this helpful

Your dog might be trying to tell you something is wrong. Take her to your vet to rule out any medical problem and ask for help on her piddle problem.

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November 20, 20140 found this helpful

Little 5 pound Zoe was 7 months when I got her. She is one year old now. She was pretty easy to train to pee pads, but never poops on them. That isn't as much a concern as what I have now.

Her pads are in our utility room which is in the hall way to our bathroom. If I get up in the early morning to do my business, she also gets up and pees right in front of the utility door on the carpet. Since I'm half asleep I never catch it until morning, when I get up. She's good during the day so she knows to go on the pee pads (at least to pee) but just have this problem at night. She's a very sensitive dog and gets her feelings hurt very easy, but when I see that she peed on the carpet I really scold her. What is your suggestion? Help

By Betty

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November 21, 20140 found this helpful

Is it cold on the utility room floor in the early morning? You might try putting a runner down.

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November 5, 2010

I've had a Springer spaniel pup for 2 weeks now, but she is starting to drive me nuts! I take her outside in the garden to toilet after meals, sleep, and play, etc. and she always goes wee and poop if needed. During the night she was using her puppy pads for wee, but never poop. Then last night she did 3 wees and 2 poops, but none on the puppy pads! I'm getting frustrated and wonder what I'm doing wrong. Should I buy a crate?

By Gill from UK

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November 6, 20100 found this helpful

When I first started using them Izzy shredded them. My kitchen looked like it snowed. Izzy now goes on newspaper when she can't go outside. Her crate is only used when I have to leave the house with out her. I have a gate that keeps her in the kitchen when necessary.

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January 14, 20110 found this helpful

I bought the wee wee spray at the pet store and sprayed it on the pads. Worked great.

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July 25, 20130 found this helpful

My Chihuahua mix is nearly 2 years old and the sweetest lovebug. When we got her she was only 3 pounds and extremely ill. The vet said she needed to learn to pee inside because she was so small they were afraid she would pick something else up.

She was doing wonderfully, but we moved to a new place about a month after we got her. Since then she still uses her pads and goes outside, but often she will only get 2 or 3 paws on the pad and gets it all over the floor, or she will just pee next to it. She knows where to go. That is not the issue. There is nothing medically or physically wrong with her.

I even had a trainer come to the house and was told to just keep her confined to a smaller space because they don't pee in their "space".

It's not working. It isn't like she can't figure it out. She knows where to go and goes there all the time, she just doesn't always get completely on the pad or squats right next to it. We clean it all the time so that it isn't dirty for her to use.

My beautiful brand new floors are getting ruined. I'm actually looking at homes with a backyard so that we can put in a doggy door for her.

Any thoughts?

By Claire J

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January 12, 20160 found this helpful

I'm thinking you don't want her to go outside on her own. At only 3 pounds, a hawk could easily grab her up. :(

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February 22, 2013

I am adopting a small dog. It is a Chihuahua and possibly Jack Russell mix. he is about 1-2 years of age. We live in an apartment. It would be ideal to train him to use a pad. How do I begin?

By mellykakez

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February 23, 20130 found this helpful

You can get spray at almost any petstore that you can spray on the potty pad for a couple of weeks, the scent encourages them to use the potty on the pads.

Also, I am just reminding everyone not to buy store bought treats they are full of contamination. Get a little bit of chicken and cook it and give it little bits at a time or cut up a hot dog into little bits and give it as a treat.

Here is a link that tells how to do this training, it sounds like you are going to be very happy! Potty pads are great!

http://www.ehow  -indoor-pad.html


Robyn from Tennessee

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By 0 found this helpful
March 21, 2010

I have an Pomeranian puppy; she is 9 weeks old. Her name is Starr. I'm having a little trouble potty training my baby. She has the pee-pads. I don't take her outside to potty. I want her to learn to use the pads. Sometimes she gets it, but most of the time she will potty wherever she wants.

I try to keep an close eye on her to tell her "no", when she's not on her pad. Then I am placing her there on the pad to let her know its OK to go there. She always runs away or plays on the pad. How do I get her to stay and know that I am serious? I mean when I tell her to stay and go potty. Please help.

By Lawanda

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March 22, 20100 found this helpful

The puppy is not seeing the house as her den, there for she feels that going any were is ok. Try to make her stay in a smaller area tell she starts going on the pad then in large the "den" a little. When she's out of her area keep her close and then move her back for her area to use the pad.

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March 22, 20100 found this helpful

One other thing that helped me was the use of treats when ever she went ( wet or messed) on the pad. She got they idea that going there was a great Idea

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By 0 found this helpful
December 20, 2013

I adopted 2 small dogs. One is a Chihuahua 7 years (Junior) and the other is a Chihuahua/Yorkie, 1 year old. Both are from different owners. I live in a small basement apartment. Any how, I was told they were both pee pad trained. However, I have had them a few days and am not sure which one used it, but it was only maybe 2 times. The rest of the time on they used my rug and go all over the apartment. Any suggestions on what to do?

By btrmomsy from Ontario, Canada

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December 15, 20130 found this helpful

I have an 8 week old Shih tzu who used to use her pads to go to the loo. Then all of sudden she has weed twice in the kitchen and twice in living room right in front of us. She does it so quick that we don't have a chance to stop or move her to her pads. What can we do to stop this?

By Natasha from Durham, England

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November 11, 20130 found this helpful

I recently moved my 6 month old pup's wee wee pad to a different area in the house and now she isn't going on it anymore. She knows where it is because she went on it once in the new spot. Do I need to retrain her?


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October 25, 2013

I have had a Pomeranian for 3 months now. The vet said he's about 2-5 years old. We take him out for walks 3 times a day for about 30 minutes each. He usually does his business outside and normally can hold it through the night with no problem.

Once in awhile he would pee a big puddle in the middle of the night or day inside the apartment. I would say in the 3 months we have had him he has peed about 10x inside the apartment. We have pee pads in the apartment, but he never uses them and pees somewhere else in the apartment.

If I teach my dog to use the pee pad by bringing the dog to the pee pad when he wakes and wait for him to pee there. In the future would he not pee outside and just pee inside all the time? I prefer the dog to pee outside, but would also like to teach him use the pee pad inside the apartment in case he needs to go, or when it's cold or rainy outside. Any suggestions?

By terapanda

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July 16, 20130 found this helpful

How can I train my dog to use a pee pee pad when I get home late from work? I have a 6 yr old Shih tzu that is trained to go outside. My son has recently gone off to college so he's no longer home to take out the dog at a reasonable hour. I leave home early in the morning and don't get back till very late and don't want the dog to have to hold it until I arrive home. I was thinking of training him to use a pee pee pad in the house for those days he really has to go and I'm not home to take him out. How can I do this? Any suggestions?

By Lizette

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