Welcoming home a new puppy is up there as one of the best life moments. However, it won’t take long to realize that there’s something pretty important to nail. Potty training!
Mastering how to teach your new doggo where to do their business can be daunting and a bit of a drag. But not anymore.
Welcome to puppy potty training boot camp! 5 steps to fun, fantastic potty training that will have you and your new furry pal in sync in no time. Get ready - pee pad success awaits!
Whether you wish to train your pup to potty inside or outside, a reusable pee pad like Potty Buddy is a must-have tool. Sometimes getting outside to toilet can be hard, whether it’s a few flights of stairs or a full blown storm; sometimes, inside is the only option. So providing your new recruit with their own dedicated spot to “go” means you keep your floors dry. Score!
Here’s how to set up for success, and still have fun at the same time:
Get out those binoculars and find the perfect spot to place your pee pad. Having a regular spot gives your little soldier an easier time, as they will cotton on a lot quicker. Look for somewhere your puppy can easily access, which is also away from any heavy foot traffic. You see, we can all get performance shy from time to time…
A corner of the room in which your pet spends most of their time is often ideal.
2. Get Down With The Kids
Once you’ve scouted the area, place your Potty Buddy pad down. And don’t worry about it scooting around the place, as the weighted anti-slip design has you covered. The soft microfibre top layer will be a natural attractant to your puppy, so let them get acquainted and have a good old sniff around. Place your little furry pal on the pad frequently throughout the day to familiarize them with the area.
3. Eagle Eyes
Now it’s time for surveillance. Keep an eye for your puppy’s telltale signs, and figure out when it is they usually need to eliminate. Notebook at the ready...
Signs your pup needs to go include: sniffing, circling, and starting to squat or lift their leg. React like lightning, and place them on the pad, reaffirming with the vocal command of your choice.
If you know your pup is gearing up for a toilet session, try to be a few steps ahead by placing them on the pad. If they don’t go, keep bringing them back a short while later.
If you are a gold-star recruit, you might keep a chart of your pet’s potty training. Marking any successes and any failures, and why they occured. Doing this can help you identify the times of the day and signs to look out for.
Top tip - Puppies typically need to empty their bladders first thing in the morning, about 20 minutes after drinking water, after waking from naps, or just after a big play session.
Mei - Results may vary from person to person.
4. Praise Party
Had a success? If your puppy does the deed on the pad, cheer them on! Positive reinforcement parties will keep your dog on the right track. After a win, make sure there’s a reward close by, such as a treat, chew toy or good old fashioned praise.
By showing your dog what you like, they’ll be more and more eager to please you. And as an added bonus, it keeps those floors dry!
5. Easy Peesy
Before you know it, you should start to see your dog voluntarily using the pad.
Potty Buddy's super clever three-layer design works to make your life easy. It eliminates leakage and trap odors, as well as being completely reusable. Our soft, absorbent and machine washable pads are always on hand when you need them. Plus, by choosing reusable, you are doing your bit for the planet too! Top marks, recruit.
Potty Buddy Reusable Pads make pee pad training a puppy easy breezy.
We hope these tips set you up for potty training success with your new furball.