Okay, I got my baby girl June 14, 2008; her name is Allie. And at first she was going to the bathroom on her pee-pad. Now, she goes any where. She will be 6 weeks June 16, 2008.
I don't want her to think that she can just go to the bathroom any where. I want her to be PAPER train. I don't want to crate train her. What are somethings i can do to teach her to go potty on her pad? Please help! Nancy
Hi Nancy First of all, at not quite 6 weeks old, your new puppy has virtually no bladder/bowel control. She goes when she feels the urge, wherever she may be. By 8 weeks she will begin to be able to recognize the need to 'go' and hold it for a short while.
I'm not sure why you don't want to crate train, as it's the quickest and simplest way to housetrain a puppy. It's not cruel as some people think. In fact, due to dogs being natural 'den' animals, it works with their instincts and many dogs love their safe havens (crates!).
However, if you only want to pee-pee pad train her, be aware that you will most likely want to retrain her at some point to do her business outside. This will be tricky and take some time, so you will essentially have to housetrain her twice.
In order to have her get used to going on the puppy pads, I would recommend getting a puppy play-pen or partitioning off a small area of a room with an easy-clean floor (such as kitchen or laundry room). Give her a bed, some toys and cover 75% of the floor area with puppy pads. This shouldn't take many as the area needs to be small.
After every meal, playtime or nap put her on the pads and repeat a trigger word such as "Potty time" or "Go potty". When she eliminates on the pads praise her. You will need to supervise her very closely whenever she's not in her pen. You need to make sure she doesn't get an opportunity to have an 'accident'.