My puppy is 12 weeks. He sleeps in a pen at night but destroys his…

My puppy is 12 weeks. He sleeps in a pen at night but destroys his pee pads. His pee has stuck to the laminate floors and it smells so bad. What are some ideas with potty training and pee pads? He’s a 12 week German shepherd.

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PK Dennis
5 years ago

Yep, you are training your sweet puppy to pee and poop in your house when you use pee pads.  Follow the directions below to house train your pup, and sleep in sweats or something like that so you can pop up in the middle of the night and take that puppy outside if he starts indicating he needs to pee (he should be sleeping in a crate that is small enough that he does not want to pee in it).  I sleep in sweats with slip on shoes beside the door for all my dogs until they are 6 months… Read more »

PK Dennis
5 years ago

Basics of potty training: 1. you need a crate – you can get a large crate that will hold his adult size but has a divider so you can make it small for him now. He should only be able to sit up and lay out flat in his crate, no more room than that. Or get a small crate now, and a larger crate as he grows (keep the small crate for the next puppy, or sell it on Craigs List). 2. When you are not watching him he is in the crate. 3. When he comes out of… Read more »

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5 years ago

i pretty much agree with everything Piper has said, but I’d like to add a few things. when you’re home, take him out every half hour.  set him up for success, and don’t let him urinate or defacate anywhere in the house.  this sets a rule – it tells him outside is where he’s to do his business.  every time he DOES use the yard, throw a party.  make it rain treats.  make him think he just did the best thing ever.  throw out the pee pads, all they do is teach him it’s okay to pee in the house,… Read more »

Samantha Sadler
5 years ago

When we crate our puppy we actually don’t put pee pads in there — take him out at night and in the morning and do it consistently and it teaches them when to go to the bathroom We were told not to put pee pads in the crate as they should not be encouraged to go to the bathroom in their den. It takes a little while to get used to but we found getting rid of pee pads altogether was the best thing ever. We had our months of accidents but now our guy never goes to the bathroom… Read more »