Wee Wee Pads
I have a two year old German Shepherd he came home when he was 8 or 12 wks old, my other dog is small and deaf and uses a Wee Wee Pad so of course when Zach was little it was okay but now he is two and still uses the Wee Wee Pad when he is inside the house with us. The problem is of course that he is too big for the Wee Wee Pads. How can I break him of this habit when the little dog has to use it. My home is not big enough for me to put the pad in another area for the other dog. When he is loose in my enclosed back patio with the other dog I lay down a Wee Wee Pad and he will go to it.
Reply To: Sara
It sounds like its time for some dog behavior trainning. The first goal is to establish a reward system with your German Shepherd when he pees outside. Start off by trying to get him to go outside, and when he does, offer up praise and affection to let him know he did something good. If he will only use the wee pad, lay one down outside, let him go, reward, and start working the wee pad out of the routine. The second goal is to ignore him when he uses the wee pad inside. Its going to take some time, but he start to learn that outside is his spot to pee. The third goal is to make sure you take the German Shephred outside frequently enough so he does not have to look at the inside wee pad to relieve himself.
Have you tried to remove the wee pads from entirely? You may just want to train them both that peeing inside, even on the pad is wrong. This way both dogs learn that outside is their bathroom, and you dont have to deal with trainning one dog one thing, and the other another.
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