Puppy Training Pads

Puppy Training Pads

Should I Use Puppy Training Pads?

Bringing home a new puppy is full of sweet new experiences, but also a lot of challenges.  It can be a little overwhelming to decide between so many different types of training methods. Just like any other aspect of puppy training, there are tons of different methods and ideas on how to house train your pup. The exact method you choose will depend on your home, your lifestyle, and your personal tastes. House training using puppy pads is a method that many urban dog owners decide to use. This article will explore the ins and outs of puppy training pads so you can decide if it is the right approach for you and your pooch.

Best For

Puppy training pads are best for people who live in urban areas, and do not have a yard or green space to train their dogs. The training pads are waterproof and absorbent, so they won’t leave any mess on your floor. This way you can treat the training pad the same way you would a designated potty area outside. If you are not an urban dog owner, puppy training pads can still be helpful if your pup is having a hard time training outside. In this scenario, you should use the training pads just as a stepping stone. Then transition to outside training when you feel that you and your pup are ready.

Schedule & Consistency

Just like with outdoor house training, puppy pad training requires a schedule and lots of consistency. Taking your pup to the training pad on a regular basis helps prevent accidents. It also helps your dog realize that the training pad is the only place he should be doing his business. Be sure to consistently reward your puppy for using the training pad, and correct his behavior when he does not. Rewards are very important for puppies, and communicate that you are happy with their behavior. Because dogs look for the approval of their owners, consistently rewarding your pup for using the training pad will encourage him to repeat that behavior.

Down Side

While puppy training pads can be a huge help for urban dog owners, they can also have some unwanted consequences. It is possible that using puppy training pads can stretch out the normal house training time. This is due to the fact that letting your pup do his business in the house can generate some confusion for him. It may be difficult for him to understand. That the training pad is the only place he is allowed to relieve himself in the house.  So it may take him longer than usual to do is business outside. Another risk that comes with using the puppy training pad method is that your dog may revert in old age. As your dog get older and lazier, he may begin to do his business in the house again, instead of searching for the puppy pad or trying to go outside.

Best to do both

If you feel that puppy training pads are the right approach for you, be sure to use this training method consistently. Trying to simultaneously puppy pad train and outdoor potty train your pup will confuse him and be counterproductive, so try and pick one method of training and stick with it. Its also important to only use this form of training if you can do it correctly. This includes supervision of your pup while he’s using his pad, and while he is not. Make sure he does not have constant access to the pads. This defeats the point of teaching him to only relieve himself at certain times.

To Sum Up

Puppy training pads can be a great transitional tool when house training your dog. Like all aspects of puppy training, repetition and consistency are key to happy house trained pup.

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