Here’s why you should never use Pee Pads for dogs older than 6 weeks. EVER.
If you buy Pee Pads and put them down on your floor you are teaching the dog that you want them to pee in the house. The only exception is for sick or elderly dogs who literally can’t get up to go out. If you want something that pees in the house get a cat.
Pee Pads are SCENTED WITH URINE AND FECES. That’s how they work. Dogs do everything with their nose first. Have you ever stood in the rain waiting for a dog sniff around for just the right spot to pee or poop? Don’t choose for that spot to be in the house. And while we are on the subject of standing in the rain, please be honest and admit that if you have Pee Pads in the house you are likely to think, “It’s raining. I don’t wanna go out there. I’m just gonna let him pee on the pad.” Boom. Potty training setback.
The worst thing that can happen to a puppy is to have Pee Pads lining the crate where they sleep. Dogs have like 10,000 years of evolutionary development that has hardwired them not to soil their den. This is the very reason they have become man’s best friend. If you put Pee Pads in the crate (our substitute for a den) you are countermanding mother nature herself. Just don’t.
It takes 30 repetitions for the average dog to learn something new. It takes 90 repetitions to unlearn a bad habit and replace it with a good one. If you train a dog to use Pee Pads you can expect it to take three times longer than normal to train him or her to stop doing that and to toilet outside. Please don’t do this to your dog’s Adopter!
You’ve only got your Foster Puppy for 2-3 weeks, so it’s extra important that you set them up for potty training success in their adoptive home.
Please, please pick up the Pee Pads.
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If you are one of the few PLR Fosters who care for pups younger than 6 weeks I'm happy to discuss the best practices for using puppy pads with a litter of itty-bitty babies.