How to Train Puppies on Wee Wee Pads

Punishing or yelling at your puppy will make him confused and fearful.
i puppy image by SKYDIVECOP from

Puppy pads, sometimes called wee wee pads, are a cleaner, more manageable solution to the piles of wet newspaper. These folding squares have waterproof material on the bottom and contain a scent attractant. The top layer of a wee wee pad is soft, cottony material that effectively absorbs urine.

Step 1

Lay the pad in a specific area of a single room. Giving your puppies free run of the house makes it difficult to monitor their behavior. Contain them to a certain room, or section of your home and place the wee wee pads in the same corner of a certain room every time. Moving the pads will confuse the puppies, and may cause them to eliminate in that corner even without the pad.

Step 2

Place the puppies on the wee wee pads at key times throughout the day. For example, as soon as your puppy wakes up, carry her to the pad and place her in the center so she can eliminate. Do not put your puppy down anywhere besides the pad or she will pee on the floor. Give lots of praise and treats to the puppy when she correctly relieves herself on the pad.

Step 3

Place her on the pad whenever you notice "warning" signs of elimination. Such indicators include sniffing around the floor, circling and pacing while sniffing. As soon as you observe these behaviors, you must immediately place the puppy on the pad so she can relieve herself. If she gets off, return her to the pad. Offer praise and a treat after she successfully eliminates.

the nest