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My dog won't use the pee pad anymore.

asked 2015-05-20 18:08:15 -0500

We have a 10 year old Dachshund who we rescued two years ago and has never been able to fully grasp the potty training concept. We've started allowing her to use potty pads, because we would rather have her use that than go on our floors. She was using them just fine until I got a holder for them, now she won't even go near it. The reason we purchased the holder (which is just essentially a plastic frame to keep it from moving) was because she would use the pad, then shred it. Do you think she could be scared of the new holder? Things were going so well before!

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We have a little chorkie about 12 weeks old and im trying to potty train her but is very difficult . we bought a grass pad for inside because we work and miss from home and we are trying to teach her to use the pad when we can't take her outside : and she learned pretty good but she starts giving up

Mirela D.'s profile imageMirela D. ( 2017-07-05 09:34:12 -0500 )edit

Hi I'm going thru the same thing omg we got honey bear n it was incredible how quickly she oicked up on the pee pad now yesterday everything changed now she's scared to death of her puppy pad I'm so disappointed ... Did your dog catch on if so what steps helped..she was pretty much fulky potty train

Melissa H.'s profile imageMelissa H. ( 2018-02-08 07:25:16 -0500 )edit

Okay please help I have a three and a half month olds chihuahua terrier she did fine the first couple weeks we got her using the pad now she refuses to use the pad she will just tear it up instead I bought the spray and everything for it and she still refuses

Charde G.'s profile imageCharde G. ( 2018-04-04 10:21:15 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-05-20 22:14:36 -0500

If you haven't fully given up on potty training, I would say definitely try again! Many dogs double digits in the years can still be potty trained with a regular schedule, patience, and some close management. Treat her like a 10 month old puppy you just adopted - she doesn't leave your sight (otherwise - in a crate, or someone else's lap), take her outside as much as you can and just wait for her to pee, and reward like mad with treats/praise when she pees outside. You can even add a cue for when she's peeing (my pup pees immediately after hearing "Go pee pee!", or will at least sniff around to pretend to pee if she's already gone lol).

My personal preference is very against pee pads though. It's quite confusing for the dog to distinguish that peeing inside but on a certain type of surface is okay. It's a little easier to distinguish that outside peeing is wonderful and inside peeing is meh. I know I didn't directly answer your question, but hope this is useful. Potty training even at an advanced age will save you much more trouble in the long run.

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answered 2017-02-23 15:51:40 -0500

Yes, the holder absolutely scares her. Dogs don't like to stay on something unstable. I got the holder before and returned it immediately, because I knew right away they won't step on it. It made floppy sounds, it somewhat moved when you touch it, no way they would come near it, it was uneven to the floor as well. So yes, absolutely remove the holder. It also depends on dogs but I think all dogs afraid of unstable, slippery flooring. Try scotching it to the floor, or get washable reusables, I absolutely love those. Try to find the one that look similar to the pads you use, I was able to find white with blue bottom, love them.

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Can anyone help me i have a 13 week yorkie terrier and he was using the pee pads just fine in his cage but then when hes outside of the cage he doesnt want to use it how do i tech him

Aaliyah B.'s profile imageAaliyah B. ( 2017-12-28 20:23:59 -0500 )edit
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answered 2017-02-23 15:56:12 -0500

She might not be comfortable with the material of the pads. There are several other alternatives you can try by doing a quick google search. We invested in a patch of grass for the house and our pup loves it VS using the pad (more natural for them).

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answered 2017-02-23 15:42:41 -0500

Could you remove the holder to see perhaps if your dog will go back to using? That may help you answer if she is afraid of a new change. If she is, you could maybe consider using invisible tape instead of your holder.

Marie S., M.S.Ed

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