I was actually thinking of putting the pad (in a holder) out on our screened-in deck (it's really a room in itself, albeit in the open air). So we'd still be taking him outside (he wouldn't be on his own--he'd still have to ask to go), just not to the spot we'd take him during the day.
are you talking abot overnite? as he gets older he should e able to hold it all nite and this wont be a problem.
if youre going to take him all the way to the porch, why not the next few steps to outside? it will be so much easier for him to 'get it' as far as housebreaking goes.
when the weather turned crappy adn we were still housebreaking last year, i got a 50 ft piece of rope, attached a clip to it, so i could have the dog on a lead still but be inside so i didnt have to go outside and freeze. that seemed to work.
Eskie is right. At night you should be crating the pup to avoid accidents, and it should be able to hold it during the night as it gets a little older. By 2 months of age Aisha was fine all night. Reduce the water intake a couple of hours before bed time and bring it out one last time just before then, and soon it will get the hang of it.
It'd be hard to train the puppy to use the pads at night because you'll be asleep during the night, so if there is an accident, you won't be able to correct it & the puppy will not learn to go on the pads 100% of the time.
IMO, if you've got a yard you should just train the puppy to go outside, once she is 100% trained to go outside and is a few months old, there will be no accidents in the house in the middle of the night. You can crate train her until she's completely trained because a puppy will not go to the bathroom where she sleeps.
Puppy pads are ideal if the dog is really really small or you live in an apartment or something. I have a chi and I live in an apartment, my chi is litter trained & he hates it. He'll pee in the box but he hates going #2 in there. I have to keep saying "get in there" and make sure he goes in there or it'll be behind the couch or something. Dogs don't like going in the same spot..they like sniffing around the yard for a good place to go =-) Good luck!
I think it would be tough and confusing for your dog. We started training ours to go outside when we took her outside and go on the pads when we were inside. Now she just goes on the pads. If I want her to go outside, I put down a pad. Kind of tricky when it is windy.
I'm assuming you don't have a yard, since you would rather have the dog "go" in the screened in porch..or maybe your yard is not fenced in? We tried those wee wee pads and...IMO they just don't work..it's more confusing to the dog than anything else. You'll be surprised how fast a dog can be house trained with very few accidents when you take them out hourly and crate them at night...they catch on real quick. It's a full time job having a new puppy...sometimes even more difficult than having a newborn kid..since the puppy can actually move around the house and doesn't wear diapers.