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Dog Potty Pads—Puppy and Dog Training Pads

Every dog and puppy must do their business, and dog pads might help prevent accidents inside your home. Dog potty pads can often be useful in several situations, such as for pet parents who live in apartments, condos or other homes without a yard. They may also be a good training step for puppies who are not yet vaccinated and need to remain indoors. Older dogs who may struggle to make it outside in time can also be helped by potty pads.

Frequently Asked Questions

When training your new pup with puppy potty pads, patience is the name of the game. Start by choosing a location for the pads—such as the laundry room or bathroom. You might put down several puppy pads on the floor as well as toys and a dog bed in the corner.

It can sometimes help to change the dog pads often but place a small piece of the soiled pad on the clean pads. Dogs can often learn a lot by scent and begin associating the pee pads with their restroom area. Spend time with your puppy in the room with the pads and reward them with pets, treats and praise when they use the dog potty pads.

Once your puppy begins peeing in the same general area, start removing the outer potty pads. Do this slowly until your puppy is doing their business on a single potty pad.

Some puppies will learn more quickly than others. If your puppy begins to regress, simply add a few more potty pads back to the room. Don’t criticize or punish your puppy for accidents. Instead, use positive reinforcement and accept that it will take your puppy time to learn this important skill. Learn more about how to potty train a puppy.

No single puppy pad will be the best option for every dog. Instead, search for a pad that fits your dog’s size and is appropriate for their amount of pee and poop. Depending on your preference, you may want to explore single-use potty pads or washable and reusable options. At the end of the day, the best dog pads are the ones your puppy will consistently use. Take a look at all of Petco’s dog training supplies and equipment for puppies and dogs.

The same training methods can often work for both adult and puppy dogs. Remember that older dogs may need a little extra time to unlearn their old routine, especially if used to going outside. The same advice applies to potty training puppies and dogs. Be patient. Reward good behavior. Accept that accidents will happen and avoid punishing your dog for any mistakes. Find out more about your pet’s behavior and make every day training a rewarding experience.