We all know that dogs pee in a slightly different style, depending on whether they are male or female. Female dogs will often squat, while male dogs will typically lift up their hind leg to urinate.
But why do male dogs do this when, as puppies, they tend to squat?
Well, male dogs learn to lift their legs as they get older as a way to mark their territory. By lifting their leg, their urine will reach a higher level, around nose height for most dogs, making it easier for other dogs to smell and know that someone has already marked their scent.
It may seem like pee pads would only work for dogs who squat to pee, however pee pads are extremely versatile and can be used easily by all dogs, no matter how they style it out during toilet-time.
In this blog we will take you through the necessary steps to help your male dog use a pee pad, the process of introducing male puppies to a proper indoor potty training routine.
Whether male or female, ensuring you are consistent, patient and regularly repeat the key steps will help your dog learn how to use an indoor potty pad.
Here are some essential steps in preparing to potty train your male puppy:
Getting familiar - Dogs navigate the world predominantly through their noses, so allow your pup to be a part of the opening/unboxing of your puppy pads. Let them see and smell the pad so that they get used to it, this will stop them from being surprised or frightened by it.
Pee pad placement - Make sure you place the pee pads in easy to see areas of the house, preferably set down by doors to help encourage your dog to eventually learn to pee outside.
Consistency is key - We would advise keeping the pee pads in the same place rather than moving them around, this way there won’t be any confusion for your pup. It is also recommended to keep pads in several rooms of the house so your pup has more than one place to go if they get caught short.
And breathe - Creating a calm environment can be super beneficial when it comes to potty training your pup - the more zen they are the more likely they are to retain information and feel comfortable to use their puppy pee pads.
Next up, the potty training process:
Like most things, it is helpful to start early. The younger the dog, the easier it will be for them to retain new information, so it is the perfect time to start potty training.
Create a consistent potty training schedule for your dog, dedicating specific times to take them over to their pad and encourage them to do their business until they do this of their own accord.
Installing An Indoor Potty
Figuring out where to put your potty pads in the home is a significant decision when it comes to introducing your dog to these potty training accessories.
We would say that the most important thing when it comes to installing your indoor potty pads is to pick a place and stick to it. Moving the pads around can confuse your dog and throw them out of routine.
Our advice would be to put several potty pads around your home, allowing your dog to get used to the look, smell and feel of the pads, as well as giving them options of where they go potty. Placing the pee pads in front of doors is often recommended as it plants the seeds for starting to get your dogs to urinate outside.
Provide a Vertical Surface
One of the most important things to make sure of when installing your pee pads is to provide a horizontal surface, preferably on a hard floor that is easy to clean, and definitely not on an uneven or sloping floor.
Especially if your male pup begins to raise their leg to pee, rather than squat, having a vertical surface available for them to use will help minimize mess. We’d recommend investing in some non-damaging hanging strips and using these to attach the top half of your potty pad to a wall.
Use a Larger Pee Pad
Something to consider if you are thinking of introducing your male dogs to pee pads is to perhaps purchase a larger pad.
As male dogs tend to lift their leg when they urinate, the use of a larger pad will cover more range, reducing the risk of unwanted streams covering the floor!
Also, if you are planning to provide a vertical surface, a larger pad can reach higher up the wall and also drape partly horizontally across the floor - for maximum protection of your home surfaces.
Indoor Potty Clean Up
Ah, the moment we’ve all been waiting for…clean up time!
You can wash your reusable pee pad by hand with warm water and laundry detergent, or run the pad through a regular cycle in the washing machine - just be sure to use a detergent that doesn’t contain bleach or strong perfumes, as these can be highly irritant for your dog’s skin and eyes, as well as reducing the lifespan of the pad itself.
If your dog has gone number two on their pad, no need to worry! Depending on the stool consistency, you can pick it up and wipe down the mat with dog-safe disinfectant and odor neutraliser, and if you feel you need to you can pop it in for a wash cycle afterwards.
Our Premium Reusable Potty Pads are a great training pee pad for any dog - with three layers of super absorbent, leak proof material that also works to trap odors, our pads are suitable for both male and female dogs.
So pee freely, four-legged friends - we’ve got your back!
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