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  • Writer's pictureKate Atkins

Puppy Toilet Training - Don't Use Puppy Pads

Updated: Feb 7

Let's talk puppy training – specifically, a topic that might be causing more mess and confusion than you realize: Puppy Pads.

Puppy on puppy pad

Why I Say No to Puppy Pads:

Many well-intentioned puppy parents resort to using puppy pads to handle those inevitable indoor accidents. But, here's the scoop: it might be doing more harm than good.

Here's why:

  • Encouraging Indoor Toileting: Puppy pads can send the wrong message, telling your pup it's okay to toilet inside. They might associate it with their breeder's setup and think that's the designated spot.

  • Disrupting Toileting Routine: Using puppy pads can throw off your pup's natural toileting routine, making it challenging to establish a consistent schedule.

  • Promoting Unwanted Behaviors: Believe it or not, those innocent pads can turn into an attention-seeking game for your puppy, fostering behaviors you'd rather avoid.

So, What's the Alternative?

Here's a simple, effective approach:

  1. Minimal Reaction to Accidents: When accidents happen, keep calm. Remove your puppy from the area without fuss, and clean up the mess without providing attention.

  2. Establish a Toileting Routine: Set a consistent toileting routine, especially during the initial stages (every 30-90 minutes).

  3. Use Positive Reinforcement: When outside, wait patiently for your pup to go. Introduce a cue word (like 'Be clean'), and when they do their business, reward them with praise and a tasty treat.

This technique is just a glimpse into the complex world of puppy communication. If you're eager to master the art of puppy parenting, Check out the course HERE

Let's decode the secrets of stress-free puppy training together!

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