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Training an Adult Dog to Use Wee-Wee® Pads

By Tammy Gagne


You may think that housetraining an adult dog requires special expertise, but the truth is that most owners can successfully train a dog of any age. Wee-Wee® Pads are among the best training aids to help with this goal. Whether you have recently adopted an adult dog or you are revisiting the training process in a remedial effort, these soft, absorbent pads can help your pet become reliably trained surprisingly quickly.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED

Begin by stocking up on the best-sized Wee-Wee® Pads for your dog. You may choose from Wee-Wee® Pads for Little Dogs, X-Large, and Gigantic. Additionally, you may opt to use the Wee-Wee® Silicone Pad Holder or the Wee-Wee® On Target Trainer™. The Pad Holder, which rolls up for easy travel or storage, helps to keep the pad from sliding around. The On Target Trainer™ has walls to help ensure that your pet hits the target. You can also use Wee-Wee® Housebreaking Aid spray with any of these items. The special scent encourages dogs to eliminate on the pad.

HOW TO TRAIN

Training an adult dog to use Wee-Wee® Pads is easy. 

  1. Place a Wee-Wee® Pad in your pet’s elimination spot. Choose a location that is out of the way of your home’s heaviest foot traffic but easy for your dog to access whenever the need arises. He will appreciate a small amount of privacy, but out of sight could mean out of mind. A corner of a room usually works well.

  2. Delivering your dog to his potty spot will be helpful in the beginning. The scent of the Wee-Wee® Housebreaking Aid will encourage him to eliminate right away, but be sure to return your pet to the pad when the need to use it is the most likely. Offer your dog a chance to empty his bladder directly after waking, about 20 minutes after drinking water, and following vigorous play sessions. Charting his successes and failures can help you pinpoint other times when he is most likely to go.

  3. When your dog eliminates on the Wee-Wee® Pad, shower him with heartfelt praise. You may also offer treats such as edible rewards or a toy at this time. The most important thing is that your dog links eliminating on the pad with pleasant results. Rewarded behaviors tend to become repeated behaviors.

  4. After tossing the soiled pad into the trash, replace it with a new one. As soon as you apply the Wee-Wee® Housebreaking Aid to the fresh Wee-Wee® Pad, your dog will be ready to continue down the road to housetraining success. 

  5. If you are transitioning your dog from indoor training to eliminating outdoors, begin moving the pad just a bit closer to the door after each success. You needn’t move it far—just a foot or two at a time will gradually lure your pet to the door. You should then move the pad to the outdoor potty spot and begin taking him there at regular intervals as outlined on his housetraining chart. Soon your formerly indoor-trained animal will become an outdoor-trained dog!

Four Paws®, Magic Coat®, and Wee-Wee® products are available at major pet stores everywhere in the U.S. Please check with your local retailer for product availability near you.