One of the first major hurdles for new puppy owners is potty training. Potty training a puppy can be a difficult task, especially for dogs who just can’t quite seem to understand what their new owner wants them to do. Thankfully, there are ways you can make the process easier both for you and your new puppy: namely by using a pee training spray combined with a puppy training pad. The following are some easy steps to follow when you want to potty train your puppy using these elements.
Step One: Place the Pad in an Appropriate Area
You should place your puppy training pad only in an area where you want the dog to use the bathroom. If possible, you should place the pad in an area by the front door or a door which you will eventually be using to take your puppy outside to do their business. This lets them associate going by the door with eventually being outside and going to the bathroom. However, if you don’t have the space by the door or it’s too inconvenient, any other out of the way area is fine.
Step Two: Use the Training Spray on The Pad
Next, you’ll want to use the pee training spray on the pad; the pee training spray contains pheromones which tell your dog that this area is “okay” for using the bathroom. When you do spray the pad, you need to be extremely careful not to spray the surrounding areas—especially the carpet, hardwood floor, or furniture. If you do, you will be telling your dog it’s “okay” to go to the bathroom in these areas.
Step Three: Wait For Your Dog to Use the Bathroom on The Pad
After you use the spray, keep an eye on your puppy. If all goes well, they should be able to get a whiff of the scent and start using their training pad right away. However, if they still have an accident after you use the spray, don’t panic: they might not have smelled it strongly enough or they just couldn’t hold in their bladder. Simply be patient with your puppy while they get the idea.
Step Four: Reapply with New Pads
It’s important that you reapply the spray initially when you change the old puppy training pad with a fresh new one. This is because it will take some time for your puppy to begin mentally associating the training pad with doing their business, even when the spray is not present. This can take anywhere from a few days to potentially a few weeks depending on the circumstances. Once your puppy has learned that they need to go to their training pad in order to use the bathroom, you can stop using the spray.
Step Five: Use it Outside (If Necessary)
If there are areas outside your home where you don’t want the puppy to go to the bathroom—such as your concrete patio or flower garden—you can use the spray outside to help your puppy find a better place to go.