Hi all!! I need help. I have a 3 mos old Shih Tze. She kept scatching off the top layer of the pee pad and eating the cotton inside. This just started a week ago and now I can't get her to stop. But I cannot not use the pee pad cause that is the only place where she knows to go to pee. Any suggestions on how to stop this behavior? Thanks!
Is there a special reason you are using pee pads? Are you away all day at work, for instance? I have never used them personally, but I've always been home when I have a litter, or someone else has been here. Perhaps someone else has an alternative, if you are away all day. You might also try pouring something bitter on the pee pads, like vinegar, or another substance that she won't find so tasty. Good luck.
I had a problem with this when they were babies, but I caught the little guy ripping up the pad a few times, gave a VERY stern NO, or made a loud sound and he learned to stop doing it.
I bought the square plastic pieces made to snap the pad into place, so it can't move around on the floor.
A few months ago out of the blue the little guy started digging on the pad and ripping it open and out of the plastic holder. When I came home from work I was greeted with hundreds of pieces of urine soaked cotton all over the apartment. So now I spray "bitter apple" on the pads so even if they dig a little at the corner, they won't rip it open with their mouth.
Thanks for sharing your experience Rushoverme. My puppy is doing exactly that. I also sprayed bitter apple on it, but apparently my puppy does not dislike the taste. So it didn't do much for me to improve the situation. I tried saying no sternly, but of couse that doesn't work either. I am out of solution. And not using the pee pad is not an option. Awwwww~~~~~
Yeah, I do have the holder cause before she would just drag it all over the place. Then I get the holder and it stopped for a while. And now she just scatch off the top layer and eat what's inside. I sprayed it and it still doesn't work.
Have you considered reusable pads? If you have to use pads then reusable ones are cheaper in the long run. I use them to potty train and if you need to train your dog to go outside you can leave one of the pads indoors and put a used one outdoors so they know where to go outside.
I know life is busy, but if at all possible try to take the time to house train your dog. My 8 week old puppy was fully house trained by 11 weeks. Dogs don't like to go where they sleep or eat, so crating your puppy at night is a great way to speed up the training process. Be sure your puppy goes out every few hours, preferably in the same spot. Reward your dog with praise and even treats and before you know it...they will be sitting at the back door waiting for you. It takes time and patience...but worth the effort in the long run.
We have a 3 month old Maltese and this morning she swallowed a piece(blue edge) of the puppy pee pad. She has been at the vets all day and is spending the night. THey gave her something to make her go to the bathroom a lot so she can pass it..hopefully. If not in the morning an exray will be taken and possibly surgery. Very expensive lesson. I will not use the pads again. Newspaper is safer and cheaper. We would like to find the spray as she chews on lots of things.
We used them for the 1st two weeks we got Daisy our american bulldog. She started tearing them up after week two so we tossed them and stuck with consistent house training as well as kennel training. She is now 9 months old and is house broken. Having pee pads in the house can confuse dogs while potty training and prolong the training process.
We had never used them before so we thought we'd give it a shot. Great in theory; just not realistic.
We began using puppy pads (with plastic holder) when my 4 month old chihuahua (after doing well outside) decided one rainy day that she would rather mess her small crate than endure cold or wet again. On sunny days, she would do wonderful, on cold or rainy days, despite hourly walks, she would pee on her blankets and hide the poo underneath them. She did so well with the puppy pad for three weeks that we put up a safety gate and allowed her to run freely in my son's bedroom. This lasted another two weeks of doing fantastic. And her potty breaks are always so regular you could set your clock by it. She was very happy with this freedom. He home schools and they were constant company for each other. Then out of the blue, she decided to start going in the doorway. I tried everything to break her of this habit including reducing her back to the large crated area for sleeping and only giving her freedom for a few minutes after using the pad. She use the pad most of the time but will some times pee in her bedding. She will lick the pad after she pees, she will eat her poop if we don't get to it quickly enough (regardless of meal time she poops at exactly 4:30am when my son is sleeping and I am away from home dropping my daughter at work) and when I get home, it is half eaten. And then there is the potty pad destruction. She will tear it to shreds, bits of pad everywhere in her crate. We give her bones, toys, take her daily walks and nothing distracts her from the joy she seems to experience killing the pad. With winter coming, I still think outside is not an option. She is only 2.7 pounds and shivers in in 65 regardless of sweaters. Are there other options to the potty pad? And more so, what would make her lick and eat her own waste? What would make her determined to poop off the pad when she was doing so well? We love her so much and she is so happy with us but I don't know how long I can live in this potty training limbo.
There's no such thing as an almost housebroken dog. Either he is or he isn't. Saying a dog is almost housebroke is like saying your wife is almost pregnant. When a dog is housebroken he never uses the house for his toilet.
Many people do not understand why their dog does not know what to do when taken outside. Just turning a dog out in the back yard by himself a few times a day is not the way to house train a dog.
Merely taking him outside also does not mean he knows what he's being taken outside for. The biggest problem between the dog and the owner is that the dog would love to please but he doesn't know how to communicate with you. http://pythonspower.net/