WEE WEE PAD DILEMMA
Are you wee pad training and at your wits end because your pup is peeing all over your house and just not getting with the program? Find out how we may be unknowingly contributing to this behavior, the science to wee pad placement along with further strategies and options to disposable pads.
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How Do I Get My Dog to Use the Wee-Wee Pad?? I have heard this question time and again. We may be using wee pads for different reasons: a tiny dog has a tiny bladder, some dogs have bladder control issues, some dogs may be left home longer than we would like while we go to work. Whatever the reason is...those wee pads(AMZN), whether disposables or washables(AMZN), come in handy and are a great option for your pet!!!
For wee pad training, I started spraying the pad in the center with Windex to attract my pups to urinate there (we all deal with that pup that likes to pee on the edge, too..what a mess!!). Dogs are attracted to ammonia. I feel if sprayed and let dry, it cannot affect them. Some would argue that Windex is toxic to puppies. Therefore, I have suggested NaturVet as an alternative for you. NaturVet- a potty training aid for both indoor/outdoor use can safely be recommended. I would also like to say that the reviews are not as great as I would like for this or any similar product, therefore, I continue to use Windex.
Most importantly, you have to stop cleaning the surrounding areas with any cleaners that have ammonia in it, otherwise, you will confuse the dog AND waste your time and efforts. I personally love Simple Green (AMZN) (which is concentrated so add equal parts water) or a 50/50 vinegar and water mix with a bit of lavender Fabuloso.
I would highly suggest an entire cleaning of the house before you make your grand effort with the ammonia-free products. If the carpets are not properly cleaned, the dog will continuously gravitate toward the same spots because they can still pick up on the enzymes. You can easily pick up on all of the pup's pee spots on your rugs with a black light(AMZN). I bought one for $12 and it was one of the best purchases I ever made. A black-light will show you all of the enzymes left behind from the urine, where to clean and whether or not it has been fully cleaned; it is a great tool! Please see the post regarding cleaning dog in carpeting DDW BLOG post, 'Dogs and Carpets'. Note: If the dog is going to constantly gravitate toward a spot, keep a wee-wee pad or washable there at all times.
One of the challenges I have heard over and over is that the pup chews up the disposable wee pads. There are washable pads available to use as an alternative. They are cleaned easily just by adding vinegar to the washload.
Another frequent question is: "How do I figure out where to place the pads?". A good way to do this is to lay out the wee pads all over and slowly start to remove them. Your pup will determine its favorite places to go and this will be visible to you, hopefully. If not, buy a blacklight and this will make everything more apparent to you. Eventually, you will be able to know the exact best placement for these pads.
My dogs do much better with washable pads(AMZN), maybe the feel of it to them is more similar to a rug which they prefer. The other issue I was having was if you lay multiple disposable pads out, they tend to move around leaving spots open for them to miss. I clean my washables with detergent and a cup of vinegar and you would never know; the smell is totally gone!
One More Product To Compare: Wee WeePads, WashableChucks or The DoggieLawn : It has been my experience, the disposable Wee Wee Pads are perfect for the hard floors. If you have rugs and you find the dogs are gravitating towards using the rugs to pee on (Read another DDW BLOG "Wee Wee Pad Dilemma"), use Washable Chucks (the key to cleaning washables is Vinegar). The Washable Chucks would give the same idea of texture that the pups are attracted to and similar to the rugs. The DoggieLawn is an exceptional product and comes from a great company, it does not work for every finicky dog just like the other two options, however. According to DoggieLawn, "Our REAL grass has none of the drawbacks! Natural grass neutralizes odors. Low maintenance! Lasts weeks, not hours! Green-bin friendly, great for the planet, and our standard size is CHEAPER than the competitors!"..."Our standard lawn is LESS EXPENSIVE. We also deliver more bang for your buck! Complimentary gloves in all grass orders, poo bags and a training kit for first-time subscribers, and a donation to an animal shelter with each new signup." These companies are my kind of companies!
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FINAL WORDS FROM DDW
Many dog experts say that a dog that is acting out or has bad habits is not the fault of the dog, but the owner. Please educate yourself as a dog owner, in the long run, you will have a happy house and a well-adjusted dog always eager to please.
Finally, keep an eye on your dog while training just like you would a mischievous child. This way you can be consistent with your training. Give high praise when the pup is doing well and a firm NO when he/she isn't. Please do not hit your pups, your dog should not fear you!
Remember CONSISTENCY and PERSISTENCE....Best of luck, Kimberly
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