How To Train A Dog On Pee Pads

How To Train A Dog On Pee Pads


If you have a dog who is not fully house trained, potty training with pee pads is an option. This method can be appropriate for puppies and dogs who are too old to learn how to go out on walks or who live in apartments without easy access to outdoor spaces. While it’s still important for your dog to know how to go outside and relieve himself, having him use pee pads inside the house will help keep your floors clean.

Make sure your dog is comfortable going outside to walk and potty.

Before you can train your dog to use pee pads, you need to make sure that he’s comfortable using them. A good way to do this is by taking him outside and letting him walk around with the pee pad in tow.

  • Take your dog outside and let him get used to the pee pad out in the yard or park. You should walk around with the dog on a leash so that he doesn’t wander off too far and get lost or hurt himself by running into something hard.
  • Letting your dog walk around on his own turf will make him more relaxed about going back inside after doing his business on the pee pad–which makes training much easier!

Lay the pee pads in the designated spot.

  • Place the pads in the designated spot. The first step is to put the pee pads in their place. This should be a quiet, unobtrusive area where your dog is most likely to pee. If possible, lay it down on a rug or carpet; dogs tend to have better aim when they’re standing on soft ground instead of concrete.
  • Make sure the pad is always in the same place and at eye level for your dog—this will help him or her learn where he or she should go when nature calls!

Get some treats.

Training a dog on pee pads is easy when you know the correct way to reward your dog. The best thing you can give your dog is a treat, and for good reason—it will keep them happy! However, there are some things that should be kept in mind when giving treats:

  • The treats should be small and soft so they can be easily swallowed by your dog.
  • You should give these treats immediately after the behavior you want to encourage, so it becomes obvious for them why they are getting rewarded. For example, if you want your pup to go on a pee pad when they need to relieve themselves, then as soon as they start going on the pad (or finish), give them one of these treats so they understand what behavior got them their prize!
  • Only use these types of rewards during training sessions (this means no free-range eating). This will teach them that only the items used during training sessions have value; otherwise all food would become worthless since there’s no incentive attached anymore!

Once your dog goes on the pad for the first time, reward him with a treat.

The second step is to reward your dog for going on the pad. Dogs are creatures of habit, so once they know that pee pads are where they can relieve themselves, they’ll start using them again and again until the training is complete.

There are a few ways to reward your pup when he uses the pad:

  • A treat or toy (like his favorite ball)
  • Petting him in a special way that only means “you did good!”

Put the pee pads in your dog’s crate.

  • Put the pee pads in your dog’s crate. Your dog will be more likely to use the pee pads if he is comfortable in his crate, so make sure to put them in there early on. If you have an older dog who isn’t used to being confined and doesn’t like crates, try putting a bed or blanket inside and then gradually start closing him in every few minutes until he gets used to it.

Move your dog’s pee pad gradually closer to the door that leads outside.

Now you’re ready to move the pads closer to the door that leads outside. It’s important to do this in small increments so your dog can get used to the new location of their pee pad.

By making these adjustments gradually, you can make it easier for your pet to understand where they’re supposed to go when they have an accident. Once your pet realizes that there’s nothing dangerous about this new location, he or she will start going there on purpose!

It’s important to supervise your dog so he doesn’t get confused about where he should be doing his business.

Supervision is vital to a dog’s learning process. If your dog sees that you are going to clean up after him, he will learn that it’s okay to pee on the carpet because it will be removed. He won’t know what he did wrong if there is no consequence for his actions. When you are supervising your dog, you can reward him for doing the right thing and not just punishing him when he does something bad.


Ultimately, training your dog on pee pads is all about controlling where he has to relieve himself when you can’t be there. You want to keep him happy, healthy and safe. So take it slow, make sure he’s comfortable with being outside for walks before you start phasing out the pads entirely, and remember to give him lots of praise and rewards along the way.

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