Your puppy has learned to use
puppy pads successfully inside the house but now it's time to move on
and get him to go outside to use the bathroom. You taught him to use the
potty pads so there should be no problem teaching him to go outside.
As with all
training techniques you must be consistent. Once you
decide that it's time for him to go outside to use the
bathroom you must enforce this rule at all times. If you
are not consistent then it will only serve to confuse
your puppy and he won't understand what is expected of
Begin by moving
the potty pad close to the door (the door where he will
exit the house from). Ensure that he sees you moving the
pad (and remind him often of the move) so that he isn't
caught short when he goes to the usual spot. When you
see him go to use his pad pick him up without startling
him and take him outside. Take him to an area that you
consider suitable for using the bathroom for all time.
You don't want to teach him one area now and then later
on when he is bigger have to teach him another area.
It can be helpful
to bring the potty pad outside with you to help your
puppy understand what is expected of him. A soiled pad
may be more useful as dogs rely more on scent than
Stand with him but
don't distract him at all. Let him sniff around. If he
goes to the bathroom while outside tell him what a good
dog he is while he is actually peeing or pooping. Lavish
praise on him. 'Go Potty, Good Boy' Make a fuss and let
him know how pleased you are with him.
If you take the
puppy outside and after three or four minutes he hasn't
gone to the bathroom bring him back inside and try again
in ten minutes.
Teaching a dog to
pee on command may prove convenient in the future.
Whenever he successfully goes outside use a word or
phrase such as 'Go Potty' or 'Do a pee' or words that
you are comfortable with. If you consistently use the
same phrase he will associate the words with going to
the bathroom when you ask him to.
Puppies will normally need to go just after
they have eaten and just after they have woken up. Always
take your puppy outside after these events. They go plenty
of other times too so keep a watch out. Take him outside as
soon as he wakes and within a few minutes of eating.
Even though you are now teaching your pup to eliminate
outside, there is no need to punish him for using the pee pad. Praising
your puppy when he complies with the new routine has far greater
benefits than scolding when he does what you previously taught him to
Some dog owners
also choose to give a treat to reward their puppies for
their behavior. Treats are great incentives, but whether
you reward with treats is a matter of personal
preference. Someday you will have to teach your growing
dog that using the bathroom is not grounds for a treat
every single time.
All puppies are different and how
quickly they catch on to the idea of going outside will vary. Soon you
will be able to get rid of the potty pads for ever and your
puppy's potty training is complete.