I ran a search to see if my question had already been answered, but with no luck. If this has already been covered smack me and tell me to search harder
I have Belle, a 10 year old Standard Poodle. Just yesterday I moved out of my parent's home and into my own condo and now we have a bit of a potty situation. All during her growing up she has pottied outside in the garden with no problems. My condo is an upstairs unit so I only have a patio to work with, and I would prefer to not have her potty in the common landscaped areas out of respect for my neighbors.
I am trying to paper train her so that I can have a potty setup in the house for her when I'm at work because I'm gone for so long, but I'm having problems and hopefully someone will have some suggestions.
Belle will happily pee and poop on the patio with no problems, but I'm trying to train her to use the piddle pads so that they can be brought inside the house and my patio stays clean. Right now I have them on top of a scrap of carpet padding inside of a garage drip pan. She understands the command "go potty" but gently maneuvering her onto the pan freaks her out and she won't go. I was able to get her to get on the pan right away when there was a treat involved. But still, no luck. I even mopped up some of last night's pee with one of the pads in the hope that she'd figure it out by the smell.
I've never done this before, and the area I live in makes putting a doggie door in the sliding door a possible security risk. I'm not quite sure what to do here and I need some suggestions. Should I try pulling the pads off and shoving them under her when she pees? I'm afraid that she's so used to having free roam to potty wherever she wants outside is going to make this difficult.
Thanks for any suggestions.