puppy won’t use pee pads I bought.?

He pees right in front of me and i say no and put him on the puppy pad. I do this over and over and I thought the pads were supposed to have a scent on them that made puppies and dogs use them. What shoud I do or what am I doing wrong. give me any suggestions you have. this is my roommates puppy and I am tired of cleaning messes and they don’t seem to take the time to train it so i need to try so I can prove to them they are not responsible enough to own this dog. Its a pomeranian if this helps. They got it from a pet store and he is kennel trained, but he does pee in his cage and poop in his bed so not sure how to handle these things. Thanks for all ur help

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10 Responses to “puppy won’t use pee pads I bought.?”

  1. KateB says:

    I tried using pads as our English Bulldog pup would not use newspaper. The pads were useless, once they were stuck on the floor she would rip them up and enjoy playing with the pieces – I’m sure they work for some dogs, but would not recommend them.

    We had a dog whisperer over for various reasons, including toilet training. She told us to not bother with newspaper and to get the puppy out whenever she needed to go to the toilet. This has taken time to be able to read the signs that the pup is about to go to the toilet, and to act quickly to get her outside in time. Whenever she goes outside we reward her with lots of praise and a doggie treat so she can associate being rewarded when she goes to the toilet outside. She still has the odd accident inside, but this is our fault for not reading the signs.

    I would also recommend a crate as dogs do not like to soil in their sleeping area.

    Hope this helps 🙂

  2. Jay says:

    It may sound a little harsh but it sounds like "no" isn’t working. You should try spanking him, yelling NO! and then putting him on the pad. Not hard enough to knock him over or across the room but just enough to get his attention. It’s not cruel. Just saying no sometimes doesn’t get their attention. Be firm when you say it. If he does go on the pad, even just a little, reward him for it and tell him GOOD BOY! You shouldn’t wait more than 3 seconds to discipline him or he won’t remember what he did wrong.

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  4. wordsyouxwrote says:

    If he has a kennel try putting the pads in there & maybe he’ll go on them in there & slowly start bringing them out of the cage. Every time you tell him no & put him on the pad, he learns it, so don’t fret, just do what you’re doing. Good luck :).

  5. Susan B says:

    House Training

    House training your dog is simple if you follow a few basic rules. Remember that puppies younger than 10 to 12 weeks have little control. Accidents will always happen when teaching puppies to be clean in the house. Be kind and patient, and reward handsomely all outdoor elimination. Always remember that dogs do what works for them. Make outdoor pottying work really well for your puppy.

    1) The puppy must have NO time unsupervised in your home. NONE. If you are not directly watching the puppy, it should be in the crate, or outside in a safe area. You MUST watch the puppy at ALL times when loose in the house. Use baby gates, crates, or tie the leash to your belt.

    2) The puppy should sleep inside the crate by your bedside. This way you can hear if the puppy should happen to need to go out during the night.

    3) You must go WITH the puppy outside for ALL trips for elimination. You must have treats with you. When the puppy is urinating, say "GO PEE PEE" in a nice praise tone of voice the entire time. When she is finished, pop the treat into her mouth at once, and praise praise praise. This should be something she gets at no other time, like tiny pieces of string cheese or boiled chicken. Same for defecation. Say "GO POOP" while she is going, and food reward and praise afterwards. You must observe and reward ALL outdoor potty time.

    4) Keep a schedule. Feed at the same time, and walk outside at the same times. Your pup needs at least 4 trips outdoors each day, and 5 is probably better. Pup needs to go out at wake up time, lunch time, 4-5 PM, after dinner or any other meals, and before bed. Younger puppies may need to go out much more often.

    5) Use a key word each time you go out. I say "Let’s go out!!" in a happy tone of voice each time I’m opening the door to go out with the dog.

    6) If you catch the puppy IN THE ACT of eliminating in your house, CLAP YOUR HANDS, say AH AH, OUTSIDE!! And immediately rush her outside. If she finishes there, do your usual food reward and praise.

    The keys to getting your dog reliably housetrained are:

    SUPERVISION: NO loose time in the house if you are not watching

    REWARDS: ALL outdoor elimination MUST be observed and rewarded. If you only do this ONE thing, your puppy will get housetrained.

    PATIENCE: Anger and punishment have no place in dog training. Elimination is a natural and pleasurable experience for your dog. You can teach her to not soil your house, but punishment will NOT help. It will only teach the dog to hide when she needs to eliminate.

    If you have applied these techniques carefully for 4 weeks and you are still finding spots or piles after the fact, it’s time for stronger measures. Roll up a newspaper and fasten both ends with a rubber band. Keep it handy. The very next time you find a spot of a pile that the dog has left behind, whip out that newspaper, and hit YOURSELF over the head firmly several times as you repeat "I FORGOT TO WATCH MY PUPPY".

    Works every time.


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  6. dancer says:

    that’s becasue the puppy knows that puppy pads are stupid

  7. Schnoodle_Mom88 says:

    I would ditch the pee pads. The whole point of potty training is to get the dog to potty outside, and using the pads encourages indoor elimination. You’re going to set the poor puppy back in it’s training if you use them – and it confuses the dog, who cant understand the difference between pads and regular carpet!

    Put the dog on a schedule. Take it out immediately to 20 minutes after eating, drinking, playing, and naps. The pup will have to go every hour after that until you learn the signs it has to go (usually circling, sniffing, scratching, or spending lots of time in one spot.)

    As for the crate, it may be too big – plus at the store it learned to potty in the "crate." Usually the crate is seen as a den and the dog would be reluctant to potty where they sleep. I would take the bed out, make the cage smaller (buy a partition if you need to) and try to NOT leave it in for long periods of time.

    Tip: dogs can only physically hold it for as many hours as they are months. Three months, three hours. Six months, six hours. Never leave a dog in for more than seven or eight hours without potty or exercise breaks though!


  8. lovelyhorsefriend06 says:

    it may be the pad type or brand. my weeweepads my mom got at petco worked really well. i have some left, so i guess if you want them we can work something out. i can’t make any promises though. so, go to Petco and get a brand of puppy pads called "Weewee Pads" and it has a little sketch of a puppy looking kinda like a maltese poodle (i had one) puppy on the package. i got a box of them, they usually come in bags in small medium or large, but you can also get them in a box.

  9. storm says:

    maybe it dont like the smell of it…use news paper instead

  10. PomeranianLuver says:

    Puppy pads arent a good idea. Try crate training!

    Below are House Training, and Crate Training Tips.

    Crate Training

    Try locking her in a kennel or crate, or "doggie safe area" for a few minutes, while you go do something. Make sure to do the "Crate Process every time she goes in her crate.

    "Crate Process"
    1. Put Dog in kennel, crate or "doggie safe area"
    2. Give treats and a toy
    3. Leave
    4. When you come back, give her lots of praise, and treats. (Also, use the clicker if you are clicker training)

    Leave her out, of her kennel "doggie safe area"or crate for an hour, then put her in for 30 minutes, Repeating the "Crate Process.(steps 1-3)" Then again, when you come back do step 4.

    Repeat slowly extending the time, and make sure you leave time between kennel times, to spend with your puppy. Never expect your puppy to stay in his kennel longer than the age he is in months plus one. (example, if your puppy is 5 months old, only leave it in there for 6 hours. No dog/puppy should stay in it’s kennel longer than 7-8 hours.

    This is what i mean by "doggie safe area".

    If you are going to be gone longer than a few hours, either have a dog sitter come to your house mid-day to walk him, or block off your bathroom, kitchen, hall, or other place with tile or wood floors for her to stay in while you are away. Leave food, water, toys, his kennel or crate, and puppy pads or newspapers(unless you want potty on the floor)

    Let the puppy sleep in his/her crate at night, unless you want an adult large dog sleeping in your bed at night. Even if your dog whimpers in the crate, just ignore her/him until he stops. Do not remove the puppy from the crate when he whimpers, or he will learn that this is how to get out.

    I Really Hope this helped.

    House Training

    First and foremost, do not make the dog smell his mess, strike him or lock him ouside. This will just confuse the pup, and it might be afraid of you.

    I have just got a puppy recently. The way I trained him was crate training. Here’s a few tips on crate training and house training:

    1.Try to teach them that their crate is a good place. Reward them when you place them in the crate. This is teaching them, that a treat comes with good crate behavior. Always keep your dog in the crate, unless you can keep a good eye on him.
    2. Another option, if you do not want to place your dog in the kennel all of the time, hook his leash to your belt loop, this way he can not go off and use the restroom somewhere, and you don’t know about it.
    3.Always take him outside after;
    + rough play
    +after he eats or drinks
    +after being let out of his crate
    + after he wakes up after a night
    + or if he shows signs of having to use the restroom,(below are those signs)
    *staring at you
    4.Don’t ever hit your dog, or rub his nose in his mess. This will just teach the dog to be afraid of you.
    5.Don’t feed him or give him to much water, before you plan to put him in his cage.
    6.Don’t expect your dog to hold it’s restroom, more than the age of the dog in months, plus one. But no dog should have to hold it’s bladder more than a 7-8 hours.
    7.Be patient!! That is the key, to housetraining. Of course if you get too overwelmed, you can always buy a book, or ask a professional trainer!
    8.Always, when he goes to the bathroom ouside, give lots of praise and treats!!
    9. If you expect your puppy to go outside, and dont use puppy pads when he gets older, starting out with puppy pads, is not a good idea, because this trains them that it’s ok to go inside, and then before they know it, they cant, it is to confusing for them.
    10. Make sure to have a schedule.
    11.When you go outside, stay outside until he uses the restroom.
    Good Luck!

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