Should You Use Potty Pads with Your Dog?
Quick Tip – Should You Use Potty Pads with Your Dog?
Ahhhh the age old question…
Anyone who really knows me and knows my writing, knows my answer to this little question!
NO, no, no, no, don’t do it, and NO!
I know, I know I have heard from several of you who have never had a problem with potty pads and integration to the outside.
I have even heard from some of you who are proponents of potty pad but are still having trouble potty training your puppy (I don’t understand how people stick to something when it is not working).
We Used to Call it Paper Training
We used to call this kind of potty training “paper training” because people used newspapers to give the puppy an appropriate place to potty.
And, crazy as it may be, this kind of training was more effective!
Because most people don’t leave newspaper scattered on the floor or around their house.
Think about it; unless you are a hoarder, you probably don’t have a bunch of paper on your walls or on your floor.
So, once the newspapers disappear the puppy is more likely to acclimate to going outside.
Potty pads aren’t like newspaper.
Potty pads are soft and plush.
Potty pads feel like your carpet, your clothes, your towels.
So when the potty pads disappear the puppy begins to use soft things he finds on the floor or walls of your house.
And, let’s face it… there are a lot of soft things in the floor of our homes!
I have seen many puppies scratch towels down from their towel racks so that they have something potty pad “like” to go to the bathroom on.
That is why I don’t like potty pads, they have become something that is too much like other things we have and keep in our homes.
Yet, ironically newspaper probably wouldn’t sell, because people think they want something soft and plush for their puppies to pee and poop on inside.
Personally I would rather not teach my dog to go potty inside my house. It is counterintuitive if I want him to learn to go potty outside.
So it is better for me to get him outside every two hours, rather than to allow him to form a bad habit.
If He Has to Go Inside
But, if he has to have an option to go potty inside (perhaps you work long hours).
I would much rather teach him to use one of those grass pads that you put in your home.
Because there is nothing else in my house that looks like or feels like grass!
I don’t want a dog that poops or pees on carpet, clothes, towels or anything else that I have in my home.
I want him to understand the clear boundaries of going potty outside or going potty on something that isn’t similar to anything else in his environment.
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.