What experiences have you guys had with puppy pads? I have used them with my yorkies (they make snow out of them) and I have used them with my rescues - even as early as 6 weeks old - and they use them 90% of the time.
we used puppy pads for a female frenchie. as we bought her from russia, we were a little more worried about wether she had been given the actual shots that the breeder said were given. we took her to the vet the day after she arrived. he gave her shots . he also advised us to keep her strictly indoors as parvo can lay in the ground for up to a year and even be carried in your house on someones shoes.i took no chances until a couple of weeks after she had her last series of shots. she did well with them and was not hard to adapt to going outside when the time came. now when they see me slip my shoes on, they beat me to the door to go out.
I think it depends on your living situation. I have a small (and short) 9lb dog that is 8 months and does her business outside. I did use puppy pads and still leave one out for her. She has used it maybe twice in the last 2 months and only when it has been particularly nasty outside. I live in Central Ontario in a traditional snowbelt area. Two years ago in January we received 4 feet 9 inches of snow in a three week period. If that happens again (which is likely) it's good to know she will still use the puppy pads in the house :)
I put the puppy pads down when Sophie was to young to hold it all day while I was at work. She started holding it on her own and now we don't need them. They did not interfere with the house breaking, they saved me from cleaning up messes everyday. If for some reason I would have to be gone for an extended amount of time, I know she will use the pad instead of my carpet. We kept the pad in front of the door we use to take her out to potty, this helped to enforce going to the door.
***Edited By: Littledogsmom on 10/30/2005 7:40:09 PM*** Reason: sp
Thanks for the responses. I never even thought about using them but I had several customers asking for them so I finally got them. Lots of people use them daily.
I tried them when I took on a litter of 8 lab mix pups that were not even 6 weeks old. Apparently they had been dumped on the beach (they were covered with sand and pretty dehydrated when they were brought to me). Since there is NO way to get 8 infant puppies trained to go outside, I needed to try them. It seemed like hit or miss with those pups. But since then, I have taken on 3 other puppies that seem to use them regularly. A little 6 week old beagle mix uses the pad without fail. But my yorkie (year and a half) still tries to make snow out of it. Go figure.
I bought them for night time use , in the crate or even in the kitchen. LOL, he moves them out of the way and pess on the floor or in the crate. I've been using them to wipe up the puddles and we're back to "OUT" --at 3:30 every morning. UGH!
I use puppy pads. My puppy is 9 months old and I felt so guilty about making her hold it for 12 hours so I started w/puppy pads from day one. Now I am home more and we started going outside more but i still keep a puppy pad down since she gets up the the moddle of the night to go potty, even though I take her out before bed. It's only been a week or so since we (Cookie and I) started to cut back on using the puppy pads. I hope we can cut them out 100% but I can't imagine Cookie wanted to go out in the snow and rain. :) Kinda hard to be comfortable enough to do your business wearing boots and a jacket, I think. :)
I can't live without them, my dog still use them he will just poop poop on them he won't wee wee on them ,b/c he wants to lift his little leg up, he still goes outside .but if i'm at work he will go for my table leg in the kitchen.and when i get home i will walk over to his spot and say did you wee wee on my table leg . teacup takes off running. so he knows when he done something wrong he runs and hide. i don't scold him for it b/c i'm at work. and this is a dog nature to lift that leg. a puppy at 7mos is still a little young to hold it all day so i tell him mommy knows it wont be long before your'e potty train where's that he can hold it till i get home just have to be patient i guess .
I use them for puppies and it works good. I work full time and I can't take them out during the day so I leave a pad and it is working so so, sometimes they miss it but I guess they'll get better little by little.
My ex husband's mom had 7 chihuahuas that she wouldnt take outside. Instead she used puppy pads, and her house always smelled really bad. And if she hadnt changed their pads in a while they would just start going anywhere (which was the usual) so i guess that turned me off to them....
When I got my puppy, I lived in an apartment where I wasn't allowed to have a dog. I had like a month left on my lease. So, at first I used puppy pads. At first, Merphy would only pee on carpet and newpaper (not even in the grass!). So I had to put newspaper down in the bathroom and then puppy pads on top. Finally he learned, so I stopped using the newspaper. He got really used to the pads, but eventually, he felt that as long as he had two paws on the pad, and it didn't matter which two, then he was okay. So, I still ended up mopping the bathroom three or more times a day. Ahhh, potty training was a nightmare for me!
I start all of my litters with them when they are 3-4 weeks old (eyes open/walking). I think it gives them a good sense of not to potty where they sleep. Usually by 7 weeks they are only using the housebreaking pads rather than having accidents in their "sleeping area". We do try and start them on some "outside" training, but it's impossible to take a whole litter of 7-9 week old puppies outside to the bathroom every hour round the clock. By 8 weeks we start them in crates at night (in pairs usually for the first couple of nights) and usually only leave them crated for 5-6 hours (I get up in the middle of the night and take everyone out - because I'm a nice "auntie"...).
Anyway - I usually recommend that their families continue using the housebreaking pads - and I do with the puppies I keep. What I've found with young puppies (under 12 weeks especially) that if you give them an alternative where they CAN go inside that YOU decide then they will only go where you tell them to. I still recommend/take the puppy outside at least every 2 hours - more often if I can - but the pad gives them the option of going somewhere I approve if they absolutely can't hold it. I think Crate Training is a good tool, but I won't crate a puppy for more than 12-14 hours a day - and actually prefer to only crate at night. I generally either use an excercise pen for day time, or I block off a room with cleanable flooring (Natures Miracle is my friend...). Once the puppy is showing you they can hold it for a more reliable amount of time then I start moving the pad closer to the door (ideally I try and put it next to the door). Then, when I have more confidence in the puppy I just pick it up.
I've never had to use the pads past 16 weeks and usually I have every puppy I've used this method with is 100% reliable by 6 months of age in the house. I've never seen it make housetraining harder - only easier.
But I think each person should do what works for them. I'm a little different than some people as I am home with my dogs all day long (I also work from home) so I can probably go about things a little differently.
I think you really have to look at what the animals schedule is going to be. If a dog is taught to use the pads first and then also learns to go outside, if your ever not able to get home in time or something, then if the puppy knows how to use the pads, they won't have to hold it in for to long. Holding it for to long, and often is really bad for dogs in the long run.
Dont you love it when they have "good intentions". It never fails that they put their fron paws on the pad and squat off the pad. I still praise them because their intention was there, they just missed. Another good one is when they squat to poop and they walk around while pooping and leave a track on and off the matt....definatelly Kodak moments :)
I use them alot too because I work full time and Im not home to let my babies out. They have the run of the kitchen and they use the pad near the door.