The Wee-Wee Pad (Ramp it Up)

I am trying to train my puppy to go on the wee-wee pad, but he just doesn't pay attention to it!  What gives?

The wee-wee pad was originally designed around the notion that "if it smells like a toilet, it must be a toilet".  The wee-wee pad manufacturer would put a chemical on the paper so that the pad had a slight scent of urine.  We, of course, couldn't smell it, but Wolfie could.  Sometimes, when your pup is not paying attention to the pad it is because the scent given off by the pad is not strong enough to gain his attention.

This doesn't mean that you just put down more pads.  What you need to do is to enhance the smell or "super-size the odor".  Here are three suggestions:
  • Many pet stores sell "urine odor enhancer sprays".  Get a bottle and spray it generously in the exact middle of Wolfie's wee-wee pad.
  • There is an old wife's tale that the smell of beer enhances Wolfie's potty drive.  Pour a little bit of beer (careful, don't waste the whole bottle!) in the middle of Wolfie's wee-wee pad.
  • (Now, this may be a little gross, but hear me out on this one!)  If Wolfie has gone Number One on a hard surface (tile, wood, etc.), put on some dish washing gloves, get a sponge (that you are about to throw away), and soak up the urine into the sponge.  Take the sponge and squeeze it over the middle of Wolfie's wee-wee pad.  (Be sure to throw the sponge away!)
These are three simple ways to enhance the productivity of the wee-wee pad.  Please understand that this is only a single piece in the potty training process.  There are many other matters that you must understand and consider.  Check out other articles in this training blog for additional information.  For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.


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