Puppy Won't Poop on Puppy Pad?

I have a 2 month old puppy and he won't poop on his puppy pad. He will pee on it, but when it comes to poop he always goes on a blanket, rug, or just on the floor. How do I train him to go on his pad?


By Khera Smith from Sarasota, FL

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February 14, 20122 found this helpful

One thing I would not do is train a dog to pee on a pad train him for outside or he will continue this habit for a long time. Take him outside make sure he does his business and praise him. If your set on the pad try to catch him while he is going take him to the pad repetition is key.

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August 27, 20170 found this helpful

When you have Chihuahuas and they have tiny bladders, they cannot hold it all night or fit nine hours in the day while I'm at work. Sometimes you have no choice but to pad train, I have no yard as I live in a condo and the community grass gave my dogs worms 3 times when they ate grass.


There's lots of dog traffic here. Anyways if someone were at home most of the time they could be outside trained but they would ruin their kidneys trying to hold it all day.

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March 7, 20180 found this helpful

Its a must for my mother for ptty pee pads

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April 24, 20182 found this helpful

HI,I had the same problem.What I did one day I smeared a little of her poop on the pee pad and just left it there,on the same day no kidding she pooped on her pee pad. Good luck,hope it works for you.

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October 9, 20180 found this helpful

But you cant let a puppy go out side 14 week

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June 13, 20190 found this helpful

Isn't it best to wait until my puppy has he vaccinations first??

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October 22, 20200 found this helpful

I can't train my chihuahua puppy to go outside because it's too cold and she shivers. She won't poop on the pee pad.


I'll try making it bigger I guess. She seems to know when I'm busy then she goes somewhere even though I keep a close eye on her.

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February 15, 20122 found this helpful

I agree with the other answer of going outside. This way, you walk your dog when it has to go so you get 2 birds with 1 stone. If you have to do the pads, it's just going to take time. Everytime it poos on the carpet, hold it by it's scruff (lightly) and say "NO." (or whatever word you want it to associate with bad behavior. Then, take the poo (while still holding the dog so it can see what you're doing) and put it on the pee pad.

Do it every time. It'll understand. Remember that you must praise the it as soon as it goes on the pad. If all else fails, there's really only one way to show your dog what you want....and that's to do it yourself for it to see. I hope it doesn't come to that for you. LOL.


I taught my dog how to roll over and all of the harder tricks by doing the tricks myself for it to see but I took by dog out every morning/night to do it's business so I didn't have to go there LOL.

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January 1, 20180 found this helpful

I'm going to try this its driving me crazy she chews everything in sight. Bites in face please help me with some advice..Tulsa ok

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February 15, 20120 found this helpful

I am assuming the pad is for while you're gone and the puppy is home alone and can't 'hold it' yet. Have you tried using two poddy pads? If not, give it a try but place them a few feet away from one another. Many dogs don't like to poopy where they've already gone pee or poo.

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October 27, 20170 found this helpful

My three year old dog was peeing on the pad then she just stopped. How do I get her to start using them again?

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February 15, 20122 found this helpful

Scruffing of the neck does not work and is misleading the puppy thinking he is punished for a reason he does not know. Hopefully this is just a caution pad for when you are out.


Place a piece of his poop on the pad and let him sniff and explore then get rid of the pad after about an hour, you might find he will remember the spot but always treat your baby to the great outdoors where nature calls.

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July 19, 20171 found this helpful

Why is it sooo horrible to wanna have one's pet go on a specific, clean pad?

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April 24, 20182 found this helpful

It's not,do what works for you and your dog.Dont let people decide for you,you decide.Good luck.

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May 4, 20190 found this helpful

Because it is unsanitary to leave poop and pee sitting around your house, not to mention is STINKS!!! I am having to train mine to go on a pad because I just got him, and he only just now got his first round of shots.


I don't want him to get parvo and die. But this going pee and poop in the house is killing me. Sooo nasty.

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June 11, 20151 found this helpful

How big the area is along with the size of the pad? Sometimes the pads have a slight smell of urine in them and the animals can smell way better than humans. If you catch the puppy in the act rush him to the pad and praise him along with petting him. I say what a good boy! I also would use more than one pad and a larger area in a corner. I also put newspaper under the pads incase they do not absorb like they promise. Also I know you do not want to hear this... He is young, how long have you had him and the breed.

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January 1, 20180 found this helpful

3 month

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November 28, 20152 found this helpful

There is nothing wrong with pad training! Hate when people don't address the actual question. Do you change the pad right away after use? I have a time of day issue - will go pee and poop first thing in the morning no problem but will hold it for hours and hours the rest of the day. I trained him like that a bit by accident and now I'm desperate to reverse it.

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November 17, 20171 found this helpful

THANK YOU!!!!! I live in an apartment with many stairs and not much area outside. So I WANT my puppy to be pad trained. I just needed some suggestions.

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October 22, 20160 found this helpful

When I put puppy on pee pad,when I know she needs to poop I hold,her for a second or so and she stops and then takes off,,
She uses pee pads for peeing but won't poop on them ,what can I do so she will use pee,pads for poop as well as pee. She is only 11 week old havanese

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June 7, 20180 found this helpful

My puppy does the same thing. Have you found a solution? Need to know

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May 31, 20190 found this helpful

my pup is just 9 weeks old, when I got her, they told me they were already pad trained ,
she is a very smart puppy goes pee on pads , I have several because she is always pooping on the floor, or even clothing ?
she is young I get this, and I put her in pen every morning when she wakes up {crack of dawn lol } and she does her business , both pee and poop , but she poops off the pads ? always maybe once a day she'll poop on pad and I praise every time , I see her pee or poo as long as its on pads ,
I grab her really fast as I can if I catch her doing her business on the floor .
I'm pad training her because I'm disabled and she is being trained as a emotional support / service dog .
I can't get outside all the time to walk her , matter of a fact I have an electric chair and she is a small dog
might get to 13 pounds if she is lucky she is the runt of the litter also . half the size of the other 4 puppies .
her name is Toezz . [ she loves to chase your feet and get your toes]
she is taco dog, mini pincher , and Pomeranian , what a mix huh lol .
she has a very sassy nature, she was an angel first few days I had her, then one morning I woke up to the Tasmanian devil dog !!!
she is great with kids and other adults both male and female , awesome with other dogs no matter what size they are ,
super personality she shows her loyalty and love compassionately .
but the attitude is what gets me lol . you go to correct her and she will jump up and try to grab your hand , when you tell her she is a naughty girl . she will sit and just stare at you for a few moments , then growl or bark and lunge at you ready to attack !
almost thinking on changing her name to Syble lol that's bad I know


I just wish I could get her to poop on the pads, like she faithfully pees on them .

of course also a little less aggression but I figure that will change as she gets older in time . till then I will work with her on it .

now I want to eventually change over to the grass pee pads, you can get them like artificial grass or even real grass, [I worry thought if I do the real grass shell try to eat it like she does when she is outside it was so awesome to watch her behead every dandelion , she could grab from the lawn the very first time she every went outside , she was so into everything outside like a kid in a candy shop given a million dollars to what ever desired

im sorry that I made this so long, im just so in love with this puppy and I feel im doing something wrong !!!

I've potty trained many of puppies not one was ever the same , very different personalities , Toezz is just a very feisty , fresh natured puppy , too big for her on britches so to speak , as the old saying goes
please any advise on the indoor potty training or the feisty attitude and how to try to manage them or one or the other , ill welcome all and any advise or ideas

help !!! dealing with a stubborn natured, sassy , feisty puppy , who refuses to poop on pads, and sasses back when you go to correct or redirect her behavior :>]

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