|Barked: Mon Aug 21, '06 6:29pm PST |
|I am assuming when you first started using the wee-wee pads, your puppy got lots of praise and was told how good he was. When he goes on the pads now, don't say anything, and completely ignore him. Sometimes when dogs are learning to ween off the pads they can't help themselves, and they'll attempt to use them whenever possible because that's what they are used to. The key is to not give him a chance! Take him outside on regular intervals, and use a simple command to let him know it is time to relieve himself. Meisha's is "Go pee-pee". When you are first doing this, you may have to stay outside for up to a half hour, or even longer, but be patient. When your doggy finally does go to the bathroom outside, make it an epic event! He is your hero! He is so amazing! Oh, and look! You have a treat in your pocket, just for him! What a good dog! Give lots of love and praise. It doesn't take long to catch on, especially when your doggy knows that what he is doing will get him an awesome reward (Meisha learned with gourmet liver treats, they were small and were ONLY given when she went outside).
Hope this helps a bit. ^_^
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