Puppy Pad Training Basics

People love their pets from the second they lay eyes on them, but many don’t factor in all of the hard work their new four-legged friend requires in order to settle into their new life. Owners of young pups throughout Midland Park and Bergen County, New Jersey will have to put up with some inconveniences and increase their patience level when teaching their puppy new things. We’re not talking about funny tricks, we mean the basics- such as simple obedience commands and the Number 1 “new puppy” problem we hear about here at Haggerty Dog Training: house training.

House or “potty” training can be the most frustrating, disgusting and disturbing problem for new puppy owners, and unfortunately, there are many breeds that have a predisposition to difficulty with house training.

Let’s break down the different types of “potty” training and their pros and cons.

Over the next couple of blogs we will break down the different types of dog “potty” training, along with pros and cons for each. We’ll cover pad (or paper) training here.

Based on their own convenience, some people want to have a pad-trained dog at first, but then decide later they want the dog to “make” outside instead (house training).

It’s important to note that if you use one method and then switch over to the other that it will be very difficult for the dog to decipher where it is supposed to go to the bathroom. Think of it this way: It’s like teaching a child that he is supposed to go on the toilet, but when it is more convenient (for you), he should just go in his diaper. So pick one, stick with it and be consistent.

People who live in large urban areas like New York City are encouraged by their veterinarian to not let the dog go outside until it has received all of its vaccinations and is at least four months of age. This can make house training difficult, since between 8 weeks and four months of age the dog is going to be forced to relieve itself on pads (wee wee pads), which creates a bathroom habit that you may choose to change once your pup is completely vaccinated and “of age.” If you think you may want to do pad training then house training, the best thing for you to do is have the dog go to the bathroom in a court yard, a roof garden or another outside area isolated from other dogs so that the dog does not have to be trained on the pads until it can go outside. This eliminates the need to train, break habit, then re-train.

Pad Training for Dogs

Taking the previous paragraph into mind, it makes a lot of sense for those of you who live in urban areas where it may be inconvenient to take the dog outside multiple times per day to pad train. Below are some pros and cons.


  • Makes it less likely the pup will acquire diseases and viruses from other dogs.
  • Pads are portable, so if you like your pup to tag along with you, you won’t have to worry about bathroom mishaps.
  • You and your dog won’t have to brave the cold or heat outside every time the pup has to relieve himself.
  • Cons:

  • Pad training can become very expensive, as the pads are not cheap. Some people choose to be more environmentally friendly and use newspaper. However, not everyone wants their dog to get the newsprint all over them.
  • Wet newspaper and pads can also create an odor in the house that not everyone wants.
  • Pads/newspaper does take up a bit of room in a home where space may be limited.
  • Is it time to revamp your pouch’s potty schedule? Contact the Bergen County, New Jersey experts of Haggerty Dog Training by filling out this short contact form or calling 201-444-9893​.