Teaching a Dog To Use a Pee Pad?

My dog is 8 months old. I keep putting pee pads where my dog usually pees and poops, but she doesn't pee or poop on it. This almost every time ends in her shredding the pee pad rather than using it. How do I get her to pee and poo on it?


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December 2, 20200 found this helpful

Trainers have mentioned to confine your dog to a smaller place with the pads, this is more like gating a area off, for those potty times. In return your fur baby will not travel to other areas of the house. This should be a routine that is done until your dog learns. - Here are a few other ideas.

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December 3, 20200 found this helpful

Are you trying to get the pup moved from an outside pee/poop to inside? If so, it is best to take the pad out with you and place them on it when they are ready to go out. Lots of praise when they use it. Then every day move it closer and closer to the door, then by about the 7th day, move it inside and closer to where you want it used. Again, lots of praise.


If it is just getting started, we always used the crate method where the up was in the crate, and only came out to use the pad at potty times. The pad was in a specific place, we would leash up the pup, walk him to the space and he would get lots of praise when he used the pad (at first you need a lot of paper around the pad and plastic under it all to protect the floors.

Eventually once they establish this is their area, you can let them out at potty time and they will learn to go there when they go.

Lots of praise again.

By the time they have outgrown crate training, the pattern should be established. There may be backslides so be patient. Smaller dogs take a long time to train. Bigger dogs seem to get it faster.

There are lots of breed specific videos on YouTube so check out a few for other tips and tricks!


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December 4, 20200 found this helpful

I find that pee pads will detour the dog from going to the toilet outside. This is only me and I am sure some people love to use pee pads but I am not one of them. I have found several things that should be able to help you out in training your dog to do his pee and poop outside and not inside on a pee pad.


First off feed your dog around the same time each night. Never leave food out if the dog has not finished eating. You give the dog 30 minutes to eat the food and if it isn't finished you pick ut up. When feeding the dog do it at the same time each day. Do not alter from this.

After eating wait 30-45 minutes then take your dog outside for a 30-45 minute walk. Make sure the dog goes to the toilet when he is out.

At night when going to bed do not leave a bowl of water for the dog to drink all night long. Instead, leave a few ice cubes in the bowl. They will slowly melt and this will be more than enough water for the dog to drink.

You need to get on a schedule with your dog. The dog needs to be walked 3-4 times a day. Walks need to be around 30-45 minutes each time you walk the dog.


From what I am hearing is that you are trying to house train your dog with a pee pad and not outside. There are many dogs who do not like this and will refuse to use it. I am not sure how large your dog is but no matter the size a dog needs exercise and taken outside for walks. it is best to get on a schedule and your dog on a schedule then there will be no need for a pee pad in your home. Your dog will go outside to pee and poop and not in your home.

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