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Q. What is the best way to train your dog on a pee pad? He can go on the pee pad if I bring him to the pad if I don't he makes an accident.

Answered By
LAURA E. MCRAE

A. Train your dog using a positive reinforcement method. Since your dog will use the pad when you bring it to him, reward him immediately for urinating on the pad. First, teach your dog to associate the word "good" with a treat (or use a special device called a "clicker" in place of a verbal "good"). Then, say "good" or "click" when you dog urinates on the pee pad and reward him as soon as he finishes. Repeat this training over and over until your dog understands that peeing on the pad equals reward. Then, begin to move the pad away from your dog and bring him to the pad wherever it is. Again, reward when he goes on the pad. It is all about making it "fun" to pee on the pad (reward) and not fun to pee anywhere else (no reward). To learn more about "clicker training" and/or positive reinforcement training, I recommend purchasing a good book on training using positive reinforcement techniques. Or, I or another of the experts on this site, would be happy to consult with you to guide you through the steps and make this a positive experience for both you and your dog.


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