Potty Pad FAQs Answered - Troubleshooting Your Pee Pad Training Problems
Potty training is never as simple as might hope. You’ve got heaps of questions, and we’ve got the answers. Here to troubleshoot your puppy pee pad training problems.
From ‘how to pee pad train a puppy’, to ‘why does my dog pee next to the pad?’ We’ve got you covered.
These pee pad problems crop up time and again, so don’t think you are alone. Here are the simple fixes and quickfire answers to your burning questions. Let’s get started!
Q: HOW DO I PEE PAD TRAIN A PUPPY?
A: Lucky for you, we covered this in our extensive and in depth Potty Training Guide. We focus on how to make potty training fun, keeping it a positive learning experience for your puppy.
In a rush? Need a quick refresher? Then jot down the following:
Introduce your dog to the pad
Have hawkeye mode ON (look for excess sniffing, circling or squatting) and anticipate when they're likely to pee (soon after sleeping, playing or eating)
Move to the pad sharpish to make sure your pup uses it to pee
Reward them with a treat or lots of praise
Repeat until it’s second nature for your pup to head to the pad
P.S - If your goal is to teach your dog to pee outside, gradually move the pad outside until your dog starts going out by themselves.
Q: HOW DO I PEE PAD TRAIN AN OLDER DOG?
See above (replace the word ‘puppy’ with ‘dog’…)
The process is exactly the same! An older dog is more likely to pick this up a little quicker, but definitely don’t scrimp on these important steps. You’ll thank yourself later. Here's our advice on How to Train an Older Dog to Use Potty Pads.
Q: HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE THE PEE PADS?
A: Our pee pads are reusable (hooray!) meaning they are machine washable (wahoo!) and eco-friendly too (sweet!)
We suggest a quick wash every few days with light to medium usage, or more frequently after heavy use. Plus, the Potty Buddy is durable enough to be machine dried many times over (now we’re just showing off!)
We recommend drying on a lower setting to make them last even longer.
Q: HOW MANY PEE PADS SHOULD I PUT DOWN?
A: It depends on your goal.
If you are potty training your puppy or older dog, using one pad in a designated area that’s relatively private is a good idea. This helps to avoid any confusion. You might want to actually buy two pads however, so that you always have a spare.
If you are looking after a senior dog, you may need a few pads in areas that they are likely to frequent, as their bladder control is usually diminished.
If you want travel protection, one or two Potty Buddys can usually cover your entire crate bottom. With a super absorbent interior and a fuzzy exterior, they keep your crates comfy, cosy and squeaky clean all at the same time.
Need some time to focus? A few Potty Buddys placed in the bottom of a playpen make for accident-free playtime while you get the important things done.
The Potty Buddy comes in 3 sizes - M, L & XL. Our size guide can help you work out which pad is right for your dedicated potty spaces or your travel crate.
Q: HOW LONG SHOULD YOU USE PUPPY PADS?
A: As long as you please!
Once a dog is pad trained, you can use pads for the rest of their life.
A Potty Buddy is built to last, so you can use it for as long as you like. Handy for those with limited outdoor access, limited mobility, those on the road or those senior canine citizens. Just handy all round, really.
Q: SHOULD I USE PUPPY PADS AT NIGHT?
A: Why not.
Puppy’s bladders are pretty small, just like them. So a reusable pad can be a great addition to those early months, where you might not wake up for that potty training alarm you set...
Q: WHAT’S BETTER - PEE PAD VS NEWSPAPER?
A: There’s nothing like a Sunday afternoon reading the newspaper. But that’s where we draw the line. Here’s why:
Lay down some newspaper and pour a half a cup of water on it and watch what happens (clue - it goes everywhere.)
Newspapers are sticky when wet. If your dog stands in it, then goes to curl up on your couch? No thanks.
We created the Potty Buddy to be super absorbent, super clean and super discreet. We’ll stick to our Sunday reading thanks.
Q: WHAT’S BETTER - PEE PAD TRAINING OR OUTSIDE TRAINING?
A: We all love mother earth, and that’s definitely the natural place for a dog to do their business. But as pet parents we all know that sometimes life happens.
Sometimes you get stuck in traffic, sometime you just really like living in an apartment, sometimes your mobility might be impaired, and sometimes you forget to watch your puppy.
Giving your puppy or dog a hygienic and non-destructive place to eliminate, when you're away from the home or when you can't watch him, can be pretty useful. That’s why we wanted to create Potty Buddy. Because life happens.
Is your pee pad the spitting image of your carpet? Potty Buddy's distinctive pattern and soft surface was designed to make your dog naturally attracted to using it, and to help distinguish it from other mats and carpets in the house.
Is your dog fully trained yet? If in doubt, go back to the basics. Potty training can take a long time, so make sure you aren’t expecting too much too soon.
Q: MY PUPPY/DOG IS SUDDENLY NOT USING THE PEE PADS
The most common cause for regression is simply that your dog or puppy is not fully trained yet. So, yep you heard it before, go back to basics!