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    Question Retraining to use a "Piddle Pad"?

    Hello,
    My 7-year-old female Rhodesian Ridgeback began having incontinence problems a couple years ago. We have her on 2 different medications, but she sometimes still has accidents when she is sleeping. I'm not talking just a little leakage; she completely empties her bladder. She never does it when I'm home or during the night, only when I'm at work all day. My theory is that sometimes her bladder simply gets so full that she can't hold it when she's asleep. So I thought that if I could train her to use Piddle Pads during the day when I am at work, perhaps this would prevent any further accidents. The pads supposedly have pheromones that are attractive to dogs, but I don't know that this will be enough to get her to use them. My question is, how do you retrain a dog who is trained to go outside to start going inside on a Piddle Pad?

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    Re: Retraining to use a "Piddle Pad"?

    Poor thing, my old girl hates having accidents.

    If I were to attempt a retraining I would use my go potty word, go sniff, outside as usual trying to get the dog to use a particular spot. Once I had an idea where the dog would be going I would put the pad down outside and ask her to use it. Once she is using it outside I would move a clean pad to the spot inside you would like her to go and ask her to use it. Since she is going on her bed I don't know if this would work as she isn't aware it is happening. There is a chance retraining like this in the middle of your work day would help but training the pee pad outside and moving it inside when you are home is a different thing. I think you would have to add that into the training next. Outside pad>inside pad>come home middle of day and wake her up to go to the pad.

    But before retraining to pads I would try finding a dog walker for the middle of the day. She would love the extra attention and she is getting to the age you need to keep up the exercise so she doesn't lose muscle mass.

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    Re: Retraining to use a "Piddle Pad"?

    Thanks for the ideas!

    I did look into getting a dog walker, but it would run me about $300 a month and I just can't afford that. I'm still trying to find a neighborhood kid who would be willing to let her out.

    Good idea to use "go potty", as she does already know that command. I don't know if it will work, but anything is worth a try!

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