Our home is big and we have a new puppy that I am trying to train on potty pads .
My question is do I have a pad in every room or just one room and train him to go to that room.
Thanks on advance
Hi Ann First of all, unless you don't have access to a back yard, or there's some iron-clad reason why you can't train your pup to pee/poop outdoors, I wouldn't recommend using pee pads at all!
They usually end up being 'chew toys' rather than legitimate potty spots, and the as you eventually want your pup to eliminate outdoors (and not on pads for the rest of his life) they only serve to confuse the housebreaking process.
In order to potty train a puppy successfully you need to teach the right habits from day one, and prevent him from having accidents indoors. The best way to do this is to use a crate to contain him whenever you can't be supervising him closely. If you read my Crate Training A Puppy page you'll find all the info. on why this works so well, and how to do it right.
Even a small house is too big for a puppy to have free run of and be expected not to pee/poop wherever, they simply don't understand that it's not okay. In addition to using a crate and close supervision, you can get a puppy play-pen or use a baby-stair gate to block off one small room (preferably with an easily cleanable floor!) for your pup to be in for short periods.
Only once he's grasped the concept of housebreaking, and WHERE you expect him to eliminate, will you be able to gradually increase his access to the rest of your house.
Housebreaking takes a lot of time, patience and effort, but doing it correctly from the very beginning makes it less confusing and stressful for everyone involved. Best of luck.