I'm doing a ton of research on dogs before I am able to get one and between my reading and talking to my girlfriend (who's sister recently got a maltese/pom mix) I've been back and forth with her about pee-pads and what they really train a dog to do.
I've heard that they work great in trying to potty train a dog but I've also heard that the act of going to the bathroom in the house (albeit on a pad) teaches the dog that its Ok to pee indoors.
Does anybody have any successes or failures using pee pads? Or any other thoughts about if they are good or bad?
My boss using them, and her little dogs never go outside period. she will walk them or show them, but that is it. No potty, or outside play. She swears by them, her puppies that she sells are already trained to them when they go to their new homes.
Me I can't stand them. I just assume train my kids to go outside. Although it sucks in the rain or snow . I have much larger dogs then my boss also. I have mini aussies, she has mi-ki's.
It just depends on you, we years ago would paper train puppies, so it really is the same thing. My puppies have gone outside and on paper before they go to their new homes. I think if a puppy is able to be watched 24/7 then yes, they should have something in their area to go on.
My mom uses a pee pad,she swears by it,says its great.Her little dog learnt to still pee outside,now she says when she goes out,she can leave the pee pad down and her dog will just pee on it then when she gets home,she just tosses it away.I've never used one myself but have always had bigger dogs.
I tried them once and all my dogs wanted to do was tear them to shreds! We only do the outdoor training but I think it's just up to the owner as to how they want their dog trained. Mom has a Maltese and he's trained to go on pads or outside.