Puppies are adorable, but they can be a lot of work. One thing that new puppy owners find difficult is potty training them to go on pads instead of on the floor. With some time and patience, this process doesn’t have to be stressful at all! In this blog post, we will share our top tips for how to potty train your pup in a few short easy steps. Follow these instructions and you’ll be well on your way to having a clean house again in no time!
Choosing the right type of potty pads for your pup
The right kind of pads can make a world of difference in how quickly you are able to potty train your puppy! The key is finding a type and size of pads that work for both the smallest as well as largest breeds.
What surface do you want the pad to stay on?
Some surfaces might not withstand liquids or messes very well, so make sure the pad will stick were intended before purchasing it. If possible, find out what other owners have used and liked with their pup for this purpose and avoid wasting money by buying something they didn’t like (especially if it’s more expensive).
Try using an old rug or blanket first – sometimes puppies prefer these textures over plastic pads. Getting them used to the pad surface early will make it easier later on.
What size do you want the pads to be?
There are many different sizes of puppy beds, so make sure your pads match the bed is important for a successful potty training experience. This way, no matter how much or how little they pee at one time, there’ll always be enough room for them to comfortably stretch out without getting wet in their sleep!
A small dog might need an extra-large mat while a larger breed may require something closer to standard dimensions; keep this in mind when shopping and avoid disappointment down the road (or any accidents).
Disposable pee pads vs washable
Disposable pee pads are a great option for potty training, but only as long as you’re able to keep up with the frequency your puppy needs them. Dogs usually need new pads every day or two and if you can’t find disposable ones in that size it’ll be hard to keep up on cleaning them out.
Choosing washable pads will allow you more flexibility when deciding how often they should replace them; while some people don’t like giving their pets any extra work, others prefer this because it makes cleanup easier too!
How do I use an insert?
Most of these inserts have velcro tabs at one end which attach to the bottom edge of the mat so all you have to do is pull back the velcro tabs and you can pull out the insert and replace it with a new one.
Nowadays, manufacturers are coming up with different options to make potty training easier for you. The EZwhelp Puppy Pad has little handles at each end so your pup can carry it away from the pee spot and right into their designated area! There are also inserts that emit an odorless scent for dogs who need extra help finding where they should go.
Making sure they have enough room when using their indoor potty spot
Having enough room to move around in the process of potty training is crucial. Not only must there be enough space to lay down comfortably, but having room for some wiggling and stretching will make it easier on your pup’s body.
A puppy may not need as much room if you use a litter box (this can also help keep things cleaner), but they’ll still need about two feet by three feet of the open floor at a minimum. If you’re using an outside area like grass or dirt, that amount increases significantly!
Helping them get used to going on the pad by associating it with treats and praise
Teaching them to use the pad is much easier if they’re hungry or thirsty. If you don’t want to give them food and water before potty training, make sure there are some treats nearby so that they can associate them with pleasant things like getting a treat or being petted on the head.
A word of warning: Be careful about using food – this isn’t always practical for long periods of time (canned dog food is heavy!), but making sure your pup has plenty to drink will help keep him healthy during the process!
Providing enough opportunities to use their indoor potty spot
If you’ve created an area specifically designed for your puppy’s indoor potty habits, then make sure they have access at all times! The more chances they have to practice going indoors, the faster they’ll learn.
Place the potty pads over newspaper or other absorbent material to catch any accidents – this is important for protecting both the floor from being damaged by urine, as well as making sure that if there’s an accident they don’t get anything on their paws!
Handle soild pads with care
When handling a soiled pad, always pick it up using two hands (one hand holding each corner) rather than just one so you can avoid getting dirty yourself.
If possible, take the used pads outside to dispose of them rather than putting them into regular trash cans indoors – not only does this protect against unpleasant smells permeating around your home but also makes sure they
Achieving success with patience and persistence
Getting your puppy to use a pee pad is not a speedy process and sometimes takes weeks or even months as they learn how to potty train on pads.
It’s really important that you remain patient during this time, particularly if your dog is resisting the training – it can help them feel more in control of their own bathroom habits!
If at first they’ll always back away from the pee pad when you present it to them try moving closer towards them rather than walking further away. Remembering these tips should hopefully make for a smoother transition into using soiled pads instead of urinating everywhere else!