The right place to do the dirty work: House training pads
Puppies are the probably the cutest things on planet earth. When these delicate little balls arrive at your house, you just cannot keep your hands off them. You want to take them with you wherever you go and probably even snuggle in bed with them. One of my friends had this adorable little white Pomeranian which she sneaked into bed every night after her parents fell asleep.
One morning after she left for college, her mom threw a fit when she discovered that the puppy had soiled the bed at night. Of course, this led to my friend being screamed at and the puppy was put on a leash for a week or so afterwards.
Although putting your pup on a leash might be the easier option when it starts soiling unwanted places like the carpets or the mats, it is not the right course of action since it will only increase your puppy’s aggressive behavior.
Nowadays, puppy house-training pads have become really popular among new pet owners. So do these house training pads really work? Well, that depends completely on how you train your dog to use them in the first place. Only keeping a training pad in one corner of the house won’t help if you do not teach your dog how to use it through repetitive techniques.
Potty training can be a tough job if you do not have patience. You need to allow your pup to get used to the training pad gradually. It is not going to happen in a day and the sooner you realize that, the better.
While using a house training pad, keep the following things in mind:
- You need to understand the ‘signs’ that your puppy is about to poop or pee and lead it instantly to the pad. Try to use some single-word commands such as ‘here’ or ‘now’ to make it understand the significance of the pad. Once it does its job, give it a treat as a reward and make it understand that it has done something that you appreciate.
- Do not punish your dog when it makes a sudden mistake and instead lead it immediately to the pad and make it heel.
- The moment you observe your dog is about to poop or pee; make a sudden noise to distract it. Do not shout at your pup, just make some noise and stop its motions. Then lead it to the pad and point at the training pad and say ‘Do’ or ‘Here’ so that your pup relates the word to the act of defecating or urinating on the pad.
- The house training pad should be kept in a place that is easily accessible to your dog. If it has to make a lot of effort to reach the pad, then your pup will tend to do the dirty work somewhere more convenient!
If trained properly, your puppy will soon start using the pad for all its dirty work and save you a lot of headache. Also, these habits will stay with your pup till it grows into a big dog and you will not have to keep a professional trainer just to house train your dog. This will of course give you more time to just enjoy the brighter side of having a dog. ‘Bow wow’ to the good times!