By Celebrity Dog Trainer, Joel Silverman
I thought that seeing we are getting into the colder months of the year, many of you readers might live in an area where it gets extremely cold for a good part of the year. I wanted to spend a few minutes and give you something to think about if you live in any of those areas and if you have a smaller dog and live in a condominium or apartment, and you are looking to housebreak your dog.
I never really knew a lot about puppy pads until about eight years ago, and I started to begin to fully understand how they worked, and how efficient they can be. I always mention to my students, clients, and in my DVDs that there are two types of ways to use puppy pads: temporary puppy pad training and permanent puppy pad training.
With temporary puppy pad training, you are simply combining with crate training. You want to encourage your dog to go outside right after he is released from the crate. This gets him conditioned to going outside, and using that area. But what is great about having the puppy pads somewhere in your house is if your dog needs to go, he has a place to go. This makes it so the dog never gets a chance to start going on the carpet.
But what if you live in a high rise in New York City, you have a Terrier, and it is 20 degrees outside? Wouldn’t it be nice to know you don’t have to put your dog through getting in the elevator to go down 15 floors, and go out in those cold temperatures. By teaching your dog permanent puppy pad training, the puppy pad really acts much like a litter box for a cat. If the dog needs to go, he can go on the pads anytime he wants. What is nice about these is they also make holders for them too.
You can go to my website and take a look at how puppy pad training is done, and I also have a full demonstration in my Dog Training Volume #1 of my dog training series.
Aside from the fact you no longer have to expose small dogs to cold temperatures, one of the nicest things about these is that you also do not need to rush home to let the dog out. This makes it easier on you, and your dog! Happy holidays.
Joel Silverman has trained animals for Hollywood films, TV, amusement parks, and he now devotes his forty years of professional experience to helping thousands of pet owners train their dogs. Joel has worked behind the scenes on lots of shows and films, but he’s best known for Good Dog U—his top-rated Animal Planet series that ran from 1999 to 2009. Joel has also authored three books to share his expertise: What Color Is Your Dog?®, Take 2 – Training Solutions for Rescued Dogs, and Bond With Your Heart; Train With Your Brain®.