It’s not just puppies who can benefit from the use of pee pads. Senior dogs can suffer from incontinence and restricted movement at their age, making it harder for them to go to the bathroom outside.
If you are looking to train a senior dog how to use a pee pad…you’ve come to the right place! Older dogs peeing in the house becomes a very common issue as our dogs age, and to make them as comfortable as we can, we can teach an older dog to use potty pads to support their health and wellbeing.
In this blog we explore the ins and outs of how to potty train an older dog indoors, how to train a senior dog to use pee pads, getting them accustomed to this new bathroom routine, as well as how to help and aid your dogs in using the pads.
Why are Potty Pads the solution for your older dog?
There are several reasons why older dogs may benefit from having a reusable Potty Pad in the house, including:
You live in an apartment or recently moved area - Living in a high rise building can make it harder to take your dog out regularly, especially if your older dog is dealing with arthritis. Also, moving to a new and unfamiliar area can result in your senior canine being unsure where to go potty.
You yourself have limited mobility - For pet owners with reduced mobility it can be difficult to get their dogs out regularly, so having pee pads around the home can really help.
Your dog is really difficult to walk - Some dogs just don’t get on well on walks; perhaps they are particularly nervous, aggressive or unruly. All these things can make it hard to take your dog out to potty as often as you’d like.
Your dog is disabled or a senior - Senior or disabled adult dogs can often struggle with mobility and general movement, making peeing outside a challenge. Keeping pee pads around the home can make them more comfortable and ensure peeing and pooping is more accessible.
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Featuring a unique three-layered design, these pads work to trap odors and stop leakage, making for a more mess-free potty experience. Created with super durable and ultra-absorbent materials, you can depend on these pads to support your dog’s ongoing health and happiness.
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Training an older dog to use Potty Pads
Getting an old dog to learn new tricks can be hard, but with love and guidance, you can successfully implement a new bathroom routine for your older dog.
Here are some of the things you can do to get your older dog accustomed to pee pads:
Where to put the pee pads
The most important thing for older dogs or dogs with reduced mobility is accessibility. Dogs do not like to go to the toilet near to where they sleep and eat, so finding a spot that is far enough away from their sleep and snack spot - whilst still ensuring good accessibility - is a must.
Keep them confined at first
You will want to try and keep your dog in one room while they learn to use their pad. Once they have become accustomed to it, place the pee pads around the house and your dog should recognize what they are for.
Teach your dog a cue when they pee and poo
Verbal cues can be incredibly helpful when it comes to teaching an old dog new tricks. As it is likely most older dogs have already been potty trained and are used to a certain command, you can repeat this command when trying to train them with Potty Pads. How you speak to and reward your dog when they use their pee pad will help to show them where you want them to go potty.
Just like when they were puppies, dogs always react well to positive reinforcement, whether that’s through verbal praise, lots of pats or yummy treats. Reward your dog each time they use their pee pad, as this will help to reinforce this behavior.
Schedule time for pee pad training
There can be too much of a good thing, and in this instance, 24/7 training can be draining for both you and your dog. Gentle encouragement is the way forward, and by scheduling a time each day to work on and encourage pee pad training will get your older dog into a familiar routine.
Repeat training each day, for 1-3 weeks
Repetition is the best way to get your dog to learn anything new, and by taking a positive step each day towards your goals for 1-3 weeks this will have your senior pup peeing perfectly in no time.
So, to finish off, what are the main things we need to consider when teaching an older dog to use pee pads?
Make the pads accessible - Senior dogs or adult dogs with health or mobility issues will find it harder to get around. Making sure there are plenty of pee pads in accessible areas for your dog around the house will keep them comfortable and minimize the risk of accidents.
Repetition - Repeating pee pad training daily for 1-3 weeks will help your dog realize that this is a new part of their potty routine. Similarly to humans, dogs respond very well to repetition when used in a learning environment, and this paired with rewards and positive reinforcement will encourage good behaviors.
Positive reinforcement - Your dog will learn faster if they know they are doing a good job, so treats and belly rubs all round when your dog performs a desired behavior.
Don’t punish - Your dog will not have an accident on purpose. Never verbally or physically punish your dog for going to the toilet where they shouldn’t, as a new toilet training routine will take time for them to learn.
Be gentle and patient - You cannot rush this process; patience is required of any good pet parent when implementing a new routine for their dog, and your animal will only respond to kindness and a gentle manner. Raised voices and harshness are a recipe for disaster!
Whatever the reason your adult dog may need to tinkle in the house, Potty Pads are an efficient and easy to clean way of keeping your dog, and home, in tip top shape.
Here’s to your older pup’s healthy potty routine - whether it be indoors or outdoors!
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