Real dogs don't use Wee Wee pads


Okay, I'm just kidding . . . actually I have a friend with a beautiful little Maltese named "Lois Pearl" who uses Wee Wee pads and it works out just fine (except when little Lois misses and hits the floor, oops!)

What I've been told, time and time again, by many dog trainers - is that once you train your dog to go potty on Wee Wee pads, expect that you might be married to that routine for the rest of your dog's life. For folks who think they may one day be able to live in a house with a backyard (oh, its good to dream, isn't it?) . . . you are going to be kicking yourself if your dog is confused by the removal of the Wee Wee pad and starts looking for an indoor potty place.

Another downside to training your dog on wee wee pads (or newspapers) is that you are teaching them that it is appropriate to go potty on a flat indoor surface that can be confused for the floor.  They may mistake carpeting or throw rugs with an acceptable potty place. This can turn out to be especially embarassing if you ever want to travel with your dog or be a guest in the homes of others.

If you are going to go with the Wee Wee pad as your dog's place to go potty - to save money, I know many people who have recommended using adult under pads (usually available in medical supply stores) - they are generally the same thing only not as expensive.

Also, here is a great product that holds down your Wee Wee pad in place (so it doesn't move around as your dog walks on it). Check out Wiz Dog Their website says you can use substitute newspapers as well.

I would advise discussing your potty strategy with a professional dog trainer, even before you bring your new puppy home.  Having a plan in place is always the best way to go, even if you are going to use wee wee pads.

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