Puppy training pads can make housebreaking a tiny puppy easier if it's cold/wet outside, or if you don't have access to a private outdoor potty spot. Find out if pee pads are right for your pup here.
If you live in an apartment, don't have a fenced yard, or simply need to housebreak a puppy when it's really cold/wet or nasty outside... then puppy pads might be just what you need to make potty training run more smoothly!
But each and every pup is different, and has their own unique personality, quirks, and learning style!
Training pads do have some drawbacks and they aren't the best choice for housebreaking every puppy, or in every situation.
On this page you'll find out whether or not these potty training aids are a good choice for you and your little one.
If you want to get 'the scoop' on the best training pads on the market, hop on over to my Best Puppy Pee Pads page. There are 'Buy Now' options too!
Plus I've taken a look at some of the most common problems that new owners face when using pee pads for housebreaking - plus some tried-and-tested solutions you can try if you have these issues.
Okay, let's take a look..............
If you've decided that you need to use puppy training pads for your new family member, here are some tips and advice to help you get your housebreaking routine off on the right foot (or paw!)
There are a variety of different types of puppy pads - different sizes, different absorbency levels, those that fit into frames or pad-holder, pads impregnated with a scent that will encourage your puppy to use them, eco-friendly varieties... and more.
Choose the one that best fits your needs and budget.
Puppies aren't born knowing that they need to use pee pads, or the back yard, to do their 'business'!You need to use a combination of crate training and constant supervision to make sure he understands what you expect from him.
At the first sign of restlessness, intense sniffing, circling or even squatting, put your pup on his puppy training pad and use a potty trigger word or phrase such as 'go potty' to encourage him.
Give lots of praise, and even a treat, when he succeeds.
Don't scold or punish your puppy after the fact if he's had an 'accident'. Really, it's your failure to supervise him properly and intervene quickly enough that caused the problem.
Your little one won't understand what he's done wrong unless you catch him in the act!
When you DO catch him making a mistake, then it's okay to say a firm 'no', scoop him up and deposit him on the training pad right away...... and don't forget to praise him when he finishes up his business in the right spot.
Although puppy training pads can work well for some puppies, and in some situations, they're not an ideal solution for most of us.
In my experience, the very best way to housebreak a puppy is to use a crate.
Crate training works with your puppy's natural instincts and desires and makes potty training simpler, quicker and less stressful for everyone.
Click on the image to the left to find out why crate training is so successful and how you can get started today.
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