I can still remember bringing home my very first puppy. While I had grown up with cats and hadn’t a clue about raising and training dogs, my girlfriend assured me that this would be a piece of cake, as she had grown up raising dogs.
Anyone who has adopted a puppy knows, potty training is priority one. As I quickly learned, discovering wet and stinky surprises in the corner behind furniture is not fun!
What my girlfriend had not experienced—or considered for that matter—was that we lived on the sixth floor, and getting our little pup outside to a grassy area quickly was no easy matter. Potty training is about consistency and getting your little canine out often enough that they never have to hold it to a point that they are tempted to sneak off to do their business in the guest room while you’re distracted.
But, in a highrise, you don’t have the luxury of sliding open a glass door to a fenced in backyard or even quickly hooking the leash on and doing a quick lap in the front yard. When your front door opens to a sixth floor highway, each trip involves the stairs or waiting for an elevator.
How I Discovered Dog Training Pads
Our eagerness to volunteer for walking duty quickly gave way to bickering about whose turn it was to take Jackson out before bedtime, especially when it was raining out. This particular summer, when we were doing our best to housetrain our new furbaby, it seemed to rain every day for the entire summer. Even if we were willing to brace the shower, Jackson would sit in protest at the front door and refuse to expose himself to getting soaked while he did his business. We had reached a breaking point when my neighbor saw me in the lobby during one of those morning downpours and said, “get yourself some of those pee pads so that you don’t always have to take him outside!”
Eureka. The solution seemed so obvious, but nobody had mentioned this to me before.
If you haven’t used dog training pads before, the concept is simple:
You buy a package of inexpensive pads that are absorbent on one side, and waterproof on the other. These are available at all pet stores and most supermarkets.
Place the pad in the same place—consistency is key here.
When your pup starts to motion or signal that it’s time for business, carry them over to the pad.
Reward successful uses of the pads with enthusiasm and treats. When your pet misses an opportunity to use the pad, carry them over afterwards so they begin to make the connection.
When a pad becomes used, simply fold it up and place it in a water resistant waste bag and dispose of it.
Today, we are able to leave Jackson for a longer period of time without fear that he is holding his waste all day and potentially causing harm to his body. While he enjoys going outdoors (except during those thunderstorms) on most days, he knows he always has a backup plan in the middle of the night, during bad weather or while he’s home alone.
Dog training pads are great for pet owners in highrises! And, for an even more convenient experience, get the Training Champ odor-free dog training pad disposal system to more conveniently dispose of the used pads.