5 Easy Steps to Housebreaking Your Dog Using Pee Pads

by admin on September 13, 2012

It can be frustrating when your dog backslides into urinating in the house.  They were housebroken before?  Now your perfect pet is causing you angst.  The odor, the hassle the frustration can maddening.  What could have happened to make them pee in the house?  I deal with this issue with many of my clients.  Here are some reasons for this behavior.  Any change to your environment can cause a dog to start peeing again in the house.  You move to a new house, dogs get scared, nervous, even anxious (especially if they have separation anxiety).

Some dogs pee in the house because they’ve been left alone for too long with nowhere to eliminate. Do you think your dog is testing your limits by urinating inside your home?

Some dog owners give their dog an approved place to urinate inside the house.  This is a common option for pet owners.  Why?  Pet owners think that this is a good options, since they leave their dogs inside for long periods of time.  Weather plays a part too.  inclement weather makes this an easy option for dogs to pee in the house.  Owners tell me this is a great option, when they leave their dogs inside for long periods of time.  Dogs can only hold their urine for just so long.

I have a few easy tips that will help you out here.  Let’s start by using pee pads. This is an easy start to training your dog where to pee properly indoors. Get pee pads that are absorbent. You want to be able to soak up the urine.  Let’s get to my 5 easy tips for housebreaking this habit.

1.  Place your pee pads in the same place.  This is very important. Putting the pads in the same place, tells your dog, this is the place to go. Repetition is key here.  Find a place for the pee pads and stick to that place.

2.  You have to bring you dog to the pee pads.  Don’t expect him to know the drill right from the start. Remember repetition is key here.  When you think your dogs has to go, bring him right to the pee pad.  First thing in the morning, when you know he has to good or right after he drinks water, before bedtime.  This is extremely important for puppies, since they can’t hold their bladder for long periods of time.  If your dog is fully grown, wait 15-30 minutes after drinking water before coaxing him over to the pad, them encourage him to eliminate on that pad.

3.  Reward positive behavior.  When he pees on that pad, have treats ready to give him. Praise him, big time for this accomplishment. Repetition and  positive reinforcement will make this job easier the both of you.

4.  Don’t respond negatively when your dog pees close, but not on the pad or even chews the pad.  He’s trying his best to do the right thing. This is important.  Your dog is going to associate your disapproval to the pad and not the behavior your trying to break. This will undo all your hard work.

5.  Remember when I said, place the pee pad in the same spot all the time.  Pick an area/room where the pad will always be.  Repetition will help to reinforce this behavior to go in the same place and on the pad.  Soon your dog will go to the same place, on that pad to go on a schedule.

Pee pads are not a replacement for walking your dog.  These 5 tips will make it easier for him to go, especially if you’re out for long periods of time. Eventually, the goal will be to have your dog do all his business outside your home.

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Stevie January 31, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Really liked what you had to say in your post, 5 Easy Steps to Housebreaking Your Dog Using Pee Pads — chasinpets.com, thanks for the good read!
— Stevie



admin February 5, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Hi Stevie: Thanks for the read. Yes we do use wee wee pads here for the puppies. It’s needed. Eventually we train them to go outside. Hope that’s helpful. Looking forward to seeing you back here. Cheers!


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