Puppies require a lot of stuff. They need bowls for food and water, a leash for walks, and toys to keep them occupied. They also need potty training, and for many people, that’s what makes puppy pads invaluable. However, there’s more to them than just plopping one on the floor and walking away. While kittens get the concept behind a litterbox pretty quickly, puppies will need a little bit of help.
At this point, there’s an excellent chance you’re thinking to yourself, “Literally nothing could be simpler. Pad goes on the floor, puppy goes on the pad, voila.” We know, but if there’s one thing for certain when it comes to puppies, it’s that the unexpected can and will happen. Keep reading, and we’ll go over where to put pads and a few tips to keep in mind.
This probably comes as no surprise to you, but puppies will chew on virtually anything they can and that includes puppy pads. That’s a problem, since the material the pads are made out of can be harmful if they are chewed on or swallowed. Keep an eye on your puppy, and consider using something puppy-proof, like bricks, to hold the pad down.
If you’re going to be away for an extended period of time, it’s important that your puppy has her own space and everything she needs. She’ll need water, chew toys, a crate or blanket to snuggle up in, and a puppy pad. However, since puppies are young and are still learning, they usually have terrible aim. One pad probably won’t cut it, so consider covering the entire area with pads. After a few days pass and she gets the idea, remove 1-2 pads. Keep removing a pad every few days until only one is left. She should understand it, but if she uses the bare floor, just start over.
The odds are pretty good that you’re ultimate goal is for your dog to do his business outside during walks and playtime. Since he’s gotten used to using the pad indoors, you can always take one outside. Simply put it on the ground, then place him on top of it. Don’t worry if he doesn’t do anything immediately, since there are lots of distractions outdoors for curious puppies.
While some dogs are thrilled to get in the car and stick their snout out the window, others aren’t so excited. Some puppies can get carsick and have accidents, which is the last thing you want to have to deal with during a road trip. Consider using a puppy pad as the floor liner for a dog or cat carrier. If they have an accident, all you need to do is take them out of the carrier and either throw away the pad or put it in a plastic bag to be washed later. This is also something to consider if your dog will be in a carrier for a long time, such as on an airplane.
Finally, just remember to be patient. Dogs are smart, very smart, but they need to make mistakes in order to learn. As long as you expect accidents to happen, and that your dog will eventually get it, both of you will be just fine.