Training a Dog to Poop on a Training Pad

February 13, 2012

Pug looking guilty.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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

November 17, 20172 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.

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

January 1, 20180 found this helpful

3 month

March 7, 20180 found this helpful

Its a must for my mother for ptty pee pads

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June 26, 2013

My dog is 3 months old and she will pee on the pee pad, but won't poop on the pee pad. She will go in the house somewhere and poop. I'm trying to get her to poop on the pee pad. Do I need to get two out for her?

By Laquita


November 24, 20162 found this helpful
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I use a spray that i got from Walmart its called " GO HERE" spray it on the pads and i guarantee your pup will go on it, never had any issues. I only have them down when im not home.

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August 27, 2010

Mattie uses her pad to pee, but refuses to use it to do do. What is the answer? She is a very excited animal and seems to do the do do bit for spite, when she doesn't get her own way. She is a miniature Schnauzer. She is 8 months old and a very lovable and good companion.

By Misty from OH


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August 30, 20102 found this helpful

Perhaps try having a second pad for the poopy in a separate spot? My thought would be to not put it down until she has pooped once and then put that poopy on it as a hint that this is her poopy pad?


Oh and once she realizes it's for pooping be sure and keep the poop picked up because poochies don't like to step on their poop any more than humans do ;-)

August 31, 20100 found this helpful

This may be because dogs like to turn a lot before picking a spot. My dog did the same thing. We put down a larger area of pee pads and as she became use to it we removed them one at a time until she could hit her target. However, we still had to always keep two down at all times, because even though she is a small dog, she makes big turns before picking her spot.

August 29, 20171 found this helpful

It definitely is the wrong way to train a dog where to potty! Rubbing a dogs nose in their feces is teaching the dog not to trust you or let you catch them at doing something wrong. Patience and positive rewards are the appropriate way to train a dog!

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December 2, 2020

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 4, 20200 found this helpful
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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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November 1, 2013

I have a 2 month old Maltese Terrier and it is too young to go out of the house. Currently she has a training pad where she only does pee.

When we realise that she is going to poop, we put her on the training pad and keep her there for one hour, but she still doesn't poop. As soon as we are convinced that she isn't going to poop she goes and does her business on the floor. What do I do to get her to poop on the training pad?

By massimac


February 23, 20150 found this helpful

I have a 9 week old shitzu that wees on pad but poops elsewhere. What can I do?


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February 19, 20160 found this helpful

Put some of your puppy's fresh poop on the pad. Let him smell it. Don't rub his nose in it and tell him to "poop there". The praise him when he does..

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May 8, 2017

My 4 year old Chi is still pooping in the house. I've tried keeping her in a gated room for over two months. Today I let her out and the first thing she does is go under the dining room table and poop. That is the only place that she has always pooped under. She will pee on her pads, but the whole time I've had her in her room for the last 2 months she has pooped in there.

I watch all the Dog Whisperer shows and have looked up everything online and thought I was doing everything right, but now today, after her first day out and seeing that she pooped the first chance she had I'm at my wit's end. She is a great companion and I love her to death as well as she does me. I just don't know what else to do. I need help.


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May 8, 20170 found this helpful

Use Nature's Miracle to remove odor from the spot she poops in. It seems she has marked her territory.

December 20, 20170 found this helpful

Why would hit an animal? Maybe you shouldnt have one.

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January 23, 2017

We adopted her at 10 weeks and she took well to pad training in her puppy gate. She was praised and treated, etc. We started leaving the gate open and she even made a point to run in there and do #2 without being guided, till one day.

Now she finds corners and other hiding spots. I don't know what to do or how to discipline? Any suggestions? Please.


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January 23, 20171 found this helpful

Puppies aren't completely trained until 6 months. Make sure you put out a fresh pad each time. She may not poop on one that is soiled.


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January 24, 20171 found this helpful

all I can think of is, time to retrain her again. Take her to the pad every now and again when you think it is time to 'go', and reward her when she does.

Maybe it's just too soon to let them out of the cage: "The most important part of house training is making sure that your puppy does not have any time that they are unsupervised when out of their crate. This can give them the opportunity to sneak away and have an accident. If your puppy is out then they need to have a responsible set of eyes on them at all times. If you cannot watch your puppy we recommend using an appropriately sized crate to help keep them safe and prevent them from having unwanted accidents. If you are having a hard time keeping an eye on your puppy when they are out you can place a long leash on them and always have your hand on the end of it so they cannot go too far."

January 26, 20170 found this helpful

the first thing to check is with the vet to see if there is any infections,,,. has any thing else changed.. are you now working and not before, is she/he staying alone more for any other erason ..if there is no medical reason , or other reason , you will have to start over with training....

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April 15, 2015

I have a 14 week old Chi puppy and he will go pee on his potty pad, but for some reason he sneaks and will poop on the carpet by our door. I don't get why he's not pooping on his potty pad. How can I fix this?

By Alaysha B


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December 2, 20170 found this helpful

I would suggest to stop using puppy pads. Once you take them away when the puppy grows older, you'll have a problem. It is better to house train the dog to go outside and pee and poop. I know small puppies have accidents in the home and that is why you should take them outside each hour to go to the toilet. Some puppies like to scratch and sniff around to find the perfect place to poop. This could be the problem with your dog. He doesn't like the smell of the pads and refuses to poop on them.


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December 2, 20170 found this helpful

This will require some vigilance on your part. Once you see that he is getting into position, immediately move him to the spot you want him to go to. He will learn.

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March 11, 2015

I have a 6 year old Chihuahua and 3 of her babies from separate litters. The oldest will be 3 on March 14, then 2 years in October, and finally, 5 months. They are all trained to the puppy pads, but recently they are all pooing on the carpet in one room in the same spot. Please help!

By Chelle M from Beckley, WV


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December 3, 20170 found this helpful

When one dog poops in an area the others follow. You will have to figure out why this has changed. Did you have any changes in your home recently?

My baby dog is house trained and will go outside all day to pee and poop. But once it gets dark out and the other dogs won't go out with her she poops in the house. I know what you mean it is awful and it has to stop.

The only way to stop this is to determine why this happens and what has changed. Once you do this you can re-train the dog to go back on their puppy pads.


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December 4, 20170 found this helpful

You need to deodorize this spot with Nature's Miracle. Then make sure you watch them carefully. When they look like they are going to poop, take them to the spot you want them to go.

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April 17, 2018

My dog is one year old. He pees on the pad, but won't poo on it. How can I train him to poo on the pad?


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April 17, 20180 found this helpful

Some dogs wont do both on the same pad. Have two separate pads.

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February 19, 2016

My dog is 3 years old. She will pee all day long on her puppy pad, but will not poop on it. What do I do? I have tried everything. Help.


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September 19, 20170 found this helpful

As soon as you see she is going to poop, put her on the paper. Then praise her and give her a treat

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February 1, 2016

I was wondering if you could give me some tips. I have a 8 month old pup. She is a great dog, but she hardly does number 1 when she usually makes it to her wee-wee pad, but when she does number 2 she goes wherever she is. We take her outside, but I think she is confused and thinks it's play time ;-(. Please help.



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September 21, 20170 found this helpful

Pad Training a puppy

  • Puppies need to go 8-10 times a day. They need to go after eating, drinking and playing
  • Watch for body language that your puppy needs to go
  • Have a key word you use like,"potty". Be consistent
  • Crate the dog or use gates. Puppies can't have full run of the house.
  • Praise your dog when he goes.
  • Don't punish the dog for accidents.
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January 20, 2016

I have a 14 month old Yorkie who has been potty trained to go on a training pad. Lately, only when I am not home, he will poop on the carpet. Please help!


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September 23, 20170 found this helpful

Puppy pads and training pads are wonderful if you live in an apartment or a place that doesn't have a yard. However, they can also cause problems in some cases. You will need to rehouse train your dog. Here are a few pointers and tips to help you.

  1. First, determine what has changed and why your dog isn't using his puppy pad.
  2. Did you recently move or have a person move in or leave your home?
  3. Have you changed the location of your dog's puppy pad?
  4. Do you take your dog for a walk before leaving him alone in the home?
  5. Has there been a change in his routine, food, or has he been sick recently?
  6. Once you can determine why your dog has changed his habit of pooping on his puppy pad, then you can fix this problem.
  7. Basically, you will need to rehouse train your dog again.
  8. Start over with teaching him about his puppy pad, praise him when he uses it.
  9. If he poops in the house it might be necessary to confine him to a smaller area of your home until he stops this behavior.
  10. Before leaving for extended periods of time, take your dog for a walk. Make sure he uses the toilet and finishes pooping and peeing outside.
  11. At this age your dog should be able to hold his pee and poop for 4 hours. If he isn't doing this then there is a reason why he has decided to poop in your home.
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October 8, 2014

How can I get my dog to pee and poo in the same place in the house?

By Larry

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November 30, 2013

I have a 6 month old Boxer who I recently adopted from a shelter. She will pee on a puppy pad, but won't potty. I take her out frequently, but she refuses to do number two. She always goes to my daughter's room and uses it. Any ideas of how to get her to use it on puppy pad?

By Jordan

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