Occasionally I have someone ask me about using house-training pads. NO do not use these!
I cannot even think of a reason why anyone would want to.
While they may provide convenience for not having to take the puppy outside when it is raining or cold or you live in an apartment where it is inconvenient to go outside frequently, you are sending a mixed message to your puppy that relieving themselves inside your house is okay! Why would anyone do that? It will take much longer to house-train a puppy using these pads, and some smaller breeds will never be house-trained!
I am not sure who invented these and I am not sure why, but can you tell I strongly disagree with using them!
Here at Wisteria Goldens we only use newspaper when the puppies are very young 3 -4 weeks old. After that, we move them to an area we have set up that provides a doggie door. The mom teaches them to use this door and keep their living area clean.
Any puppy allowed to “live” in an area of newspapers, next to their food and water, sets them up for thinking it is ok to relieve themselves in their living area. When we do use newspapers, their food and water is in a different area with no newspapers surrounding it.
Our families have told us many times that our puppies have very few if any accidents when they are taken to their “forever” home. We try hard here to work on setting them up for success!
House-training requires time, consistency, routine, and time (yes I said it twice) The more you put into setting up a foundation for success, the easier and faster the puppy is house-trained!