Using Puppy Pads

by Colleen Fernandez

in House Training

Over 90% of pets in America are indoor pets! So it’s pretty important that you get the whole “potty-training” thing down quickly.

Using puppy pads is a very effective method for training your Boston Terrier.

The more involved you are with potty training process, the faster it will come for your dog.

House Rules

1. If you don’t catch your puppy doing it – don’t punish him for it!
2. Praise your puppy every time he does something right!

The most popular way to housetrain a puppy is also the most old-fashioned way. Put newspaper down in a certain area of your house and encourage your dog to always go potty only in this area. Nowadays, we’re a bit more sophisticated though. You can purchase pretreated puppy pads, which have a chemical that attracts your dog to use the bathroom on it … pretty much the same concept as using newspaper.

If you see your puppy doing a “potty-dance” (walking around the house sniffing the floor), just pick him up and plop him on the puppy pads– where you want him to go potty.

Praise your puppy endlessly and give him a treat if he goes potty on the papers or puppy pads!

Transitioning From Inside To Outside

You may be wondering how to transition your dog from peeing on the puppy pads inside the house, to peeing outside where you don’t have to clean it up. Fair enough!

The more consistent your puppy becomes with using the puppy pads, you can start moving them closer and closer to your door … and eventually outside.

In no time, you’ll be able to kiss those puppy pads good-bye forever! Your puppy will start going outside EVERY time he has to eliminate.

Some people think this method of potty training takes longer than other methods since it’s encouraging the puppy to eliminate inside your home.

What To Do When Accidents Happen

If you catch your puppy in the act of going potty somewhere in your house other than on the puppy pads, it’s probably your fault … so you should not get mad at him. You weren’t watching him or paying attention to his signals like you should have been. 😉

Quickly and calmly pick-up your dog and in a stern voice say, “No.”Then carry him outside, or over to the puppy pads to let him finish his business. If he finishes on the papers, reward him right away.

The fastest way to speed up housetraining is to spend as much time with your puppy as possible. Puppies learn much faster when they’re constantly supervised.

Maybe even take a week off work to spend time with your puppy until he starts figuring out what is and isn’t acceptable behavior. It’s also a great opportunity to bond with a new puppy!

Did you housetrain your Boston Terrier using puppy pads? Tell me your story, leave a comment below!



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