Some of us work long hours or spend lots of time away from home and thus from our pets. Since most dogs need a mid-day potty break, there are a number of solutions to keep your pooch from making a mess in your home. Hiring a dog walker or enrolling your canines in doggie daycare are great ideas, but if neither is an option, pad training your dog might be a helpful way to deal with the long hours away. The pad training method would especially work best if you have a puppy as puppies cannot be expected to hold their bladders for more than three hours.

To pad train your dog, it’s best to start in a room with linoleum flooring or another easy-to-clean floor. Section off that area of your house where your adopted dog or puppy can stay when you leave. Place the dog bed, toys and water on one end of the room, and training pads on the other end of the room to designate the indoor area where he can go to the bathroom. When you first put your pup in this sectioned off area, you’ll want to watch him and wait until he goes potty on the pads. Praise and treat him for it so he gets the message, and then repeat for a few days until you can trust he knows where to go potty when you’re not home. If you’ll be gone through the evening, make sure to leave a light on for your dog and possibly the television or some music!

Many products out there are designed to help with pad training and housetraining, and some people try newspaper, so it’s hard to know what will work best for your pup. Each dog is an individual so some products will work better than others for each pet.

With our ever-demanding schedules, pad training can help you deal with transitioning your new adopted puppy or adult dogs into a new home, or supporting elderly animals who may have accidents from time to time. Take advantage of programs out there that help you find what’s best for you and your furry family member!

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