Getting rid of the final puppy pad

(7 Posts)
WilsonStanley Sun 21-Feb-16 23:45:38

First time dog owner. Have a lovely little dog now 13 months old, had her since 8 weeks.
Toilet training was relatively easy as she came to us already using puppy pads and we did the rewarding and praise when she went outside.
When she first arrived we had builders working in the kitchen so she was in the living room with puppy pads on the carpeted floor.
We just can't get rid of the final puppy pad. She is let out regularly but still uses the pad when it suits her. I have tried edging the pad bit by bit out of the doorway and towards the back door but once it goes past a certain point she just wees on the carpet where the pad usually is.
I should say that my dd has been in hospital for a few months so this hasn't received my full attention, but am hoping to tackle it now dd is home.
I am going to clean the carpets tomorrow in the hope of removing any last trace of her smell.
Any advice please?

AnUtterIdiot Mon 22-Feb-16 03:50:02

My mum used puppy pads with her puppy and he also did this. I think you are going to have to watch her like a hawk, stop her if she starts to go and take her outside, then praise or treat her when she goes outside.

Good luck. Not surprising it hasn't been your focus. I hope your DD is improving flowers

LilCamper Mon 22-Feb-16 07:59:01

Unfortunately this is where using pads falls down. It has only taught your dog that soft surfaces are ok to toilet on....puppy pad=carpet.

You need to bin the last one and go right back to basics. the facebook group 'Dog Training Advice and Support' has an excellent file on the subject.

SexLubeAndAFishSlice Mon 22-Feb-16 08:01:55

Agree with the above, keep a very very cose eye on her, whip her straight outside at the first sign of her wanting to go, and go crazy with praise for when she goes outside. Is there any way you could rearrange the furniture so that patch of carpet is covered up? Might discourage her?

It's too late now but those puppy pads are a bit of a con really, it's teaching a dog it's ok to pee on paper, and then suddenly expecting them to pee outside and that actually it's not ok to pee on paper?

WilsonStanley Mon 22-Feb-16 10:09:57

Thanks everyone. Will clean the carpet and see if I can put some obstacles on it! Back to basics by the look of it...sigh!

WilsonStanley Mon 22-Feb-16 10:11:20

Have just applied to join the FB group too!

AnUtterIdiot Mon 22-Feb-16 13:51:44

It shouldn't be too bad, though. They learn very quickly - it should only take a couple of days of pouncing and outing before she's waiting/asking smile.

PS there will be a period during which she knows she can't do it inside but doesn't know how to ask to go out - during this time I would also take her outside whenever she starts squeaking and wandering about.

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