How to Toilet Train a Puppy with Pads

House Training a Puppy UK

Not Quite There Yet Little Pupster!

Before we get into the details of the best way to potty train a puppy using pads. We just wanted to take a quick second to celebrate.

If you are the proud owner of a new puppy then CONGRATULATIONS on your newest family member!

Puppies are amazing and we wish you all the luck in the world caring for your new four-legged friend. They do however need some care and attention and that is where this post will come in.

We are going to give you a step-by-step guide on how to toilet train a puppy using pads. We feel that puppy pads are the best way of house training dogs. It’s the method we use with our own dogs and it’s what we recommend you do as well.

One important question new dog owners often ask is how long does it take to toilet train a puppy? We will give you approximate timescales at the end of the article. We will also look at how to house train a puppy when you work all day?

Why Are Puppy Pads the Best Way to Toilet Train a Puppy

  1. Puppy Pads Are Very Effective
  2. They Are Easy to Use
  3. They Do Not Stress Your Puppy
  4. They Are Hygienic
  5. The Protect Your Home

Puppy Pads Are Very Effective – In a nutshell they just get the job done. There is a reason they are so popular and this is because they work really well.

They Are Easy to Use – Keeping things simple for both you and your pupster, pads are really easy. All you have to do is follow a consistent step-by-step process and your pup with be trained in no time at all.

They Do Not Stress Your Puppy – Old-fashioned methods of house training puppies would involve punishing the dog for accidents. This isn’t fair but also is counter productive as a stressed puppy is more likely to have accidents!

They Are Hygienic – Lets face it dealing with puppy poop in your home is not ideal. Using pads to keep everything as hygienic as possible makes the process less messy.

The Protect Your Home – Potty train pads will help protect your home from stains and lasting smells. They are much more effective at this than old newspapers.

How to Toilet Train a Puppy with Pads

  1. Your puppy will want to pee or poop when it wakes ups, after playing, after eating and drinking. Also at random times during the day.
  2. Watch your pup’s body language and look for signs like circling, sniffing, crouching, etc.
  3. At any time you think your puppy need to go, just it up and place it on the puppy pad.
  4. Say a command like “go potty”. Whatever you chose just be totally consistent.
  5. If it does its toilet while it is on the pad, repeat the command and then once it is finished give it lots of praise.
  6. Keep repeating this as consistently as possible until the puppy starts using the pad without being told, or on command.
  7. Now you can use this command when you are outside with the puppy. When it does its business outdoors give it lots of praise.
  8. Now instead of taking the puppy to the pad take it right outside and give it the “go potty” command. Again, as always give it lots of praise right afterwards.

Some Tips to Make the Training Easier

  • As with all dog training consistency, repetition and rewards are the key. Follow the plan as closely as you can and try to always do the same thing. This will make your training as quick and effective as possible.
  • Try using a puppy pad holder tray. They make the pads much more stable, the puppy cant chew them up and they also prevent and leakage.
  • Use a puppy training aid spray. This will help your pooch associate the pads with pooping and peeing.
  • The more input the better. The more time you can put in with your pooch the better. Especially at first. If you can take time off work when you first get your new pup and work really hard on training you can see really quick results.
  • ALWAYS use the same command. Make sure you and everyone in your family uses the exact same command. Not similar commands the exact same one.
  • Never scold your puppy for an accident. Just focus on getting back on track with consistent use of the pads, praise and rewards.
  • Study your pup’s body language. Overtime you will notice the little signs they show that mean they need too pee or poop. This make training much easier and also helps you reduce stress and discomfort levels for your little dog.

How long does it take to house train a puppy?

It can take anywhere from 3-6 months to successfully house train a young dog. To keep the time a short as possible, if you follow the steps above and focus really hard on consistency and repetition you will be fine.

How to potty train a puppy when you work all day?

The first question to ask yourself is, are you ready to own a puppy if you work all day? Is not really the right time? Should you think about adopting an older, already trained dog?

But if you are determined to get a new puppy then there are plenty of things you can do to help your house train a puppy even if you work all day.

  1. Fence off a small area in your home for your puppy to stay in while you are at work. There will be a mess but it will confined to a small area.
  2. If possible either come home during the day or arrange someone else to come into your home and help with the training.
  3. Accept that the process will be slower with you not being able to put in as much time.
  4. Whenever you are at home repeat the puppy pad training steps with maximum consistency. This will mean you get the puppy using the pads when you are at work (and less mess for you to clean when you get home).

House Training Your Puppy Conclusion

So in a nutshell we recommend that you use puppy pads, consistency, repetition, rewards in the form of verbal prises and treats to potty train your puppy as easily as possible.

You are 100% guaranteed to have some accidents along the way. And yes there will be poop and pee to clean up on lot of occasions.

It might also take a little longer than you would hope! Every dog is different and you might be too busy to apply the process perfectly.

Try not to get annoyed or frustrated with either yourself or your puppy. Just always go back to basics. Repeat the process again and again and again. Before you know if you your doggy will be fully toilet trained and your home will no longer be a doggy toilet!

Good luck and please feel free to comment below with any questions, tips or suggestions of your own.

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