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Hi guys, I got my 8 week old miniature schnauzer on Saturday and I’m still trying to get the hang of things as a first time dog owner. My problem is she is not understanding what the pee pad is for so she will pee everywhere besides the pad ( also in the pad area) so we tried putting her in her crate after her meal and 30 min later put her on the pee pads that are in the tub but that only worked once.

What can i do to make her realize she needs to pee on the pad and that it’s ok to pee in front of me? I’m considering hiring a trainer because i have no idea what to do anymore but it’s so ao expensive.

Please help!
 

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Why pee pads? Take her outside, praise when she pees there, ignore when she pees elsewhere, rinse and repeat. Most puppies don't get it until 5/6 months though.
 

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Why pee pads? Take her outside, praise when she pees there, ignore when she pees elsewhere, rinse and repeat. Most puppies don't get it until 5/6 months though.
she still doesn’t have all her shots and I was recommended to wait until she is at least 10 weeks old. Was I misinformed?
 

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Why pee pads? Take her outside, praise when she pees there, ignore when she pees elsewhere, rinse and repeat. Most puppies don't get it until 5/6 months though.
This. Pee pads will make the potty training take longer because once they do learn to use them, you take them away and they have to learn outside. Skip the pee pads.

An 8 week old puppy will likely have to go out more frequently than every 30 minutes. Take her outside on a leash and wait for her to go pee. When she does, give her tonnes of praise and some treats. Make it a BIG DEAL that she went. Repeat every 20 minutes. If she pees in the house before 20 minutes, decrease the time in between taking her out. Remember to take her out immediately after drinking water or waking up from a nap and also right after eating or playing.

NEVER punish or scold her for going inside. Just clean it up and move on.

we tried putting her in her crate after her meal and 30 min later put her on the pee pads that are in the tub but that only worked once.
I'm confused by this. Pee pads in the tub? Do you mean in the bathtub? I hope I'm interpreting this wrong.
 

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Why pee pads? Take her outside, praise when she pees there, ignore when she pees elsewhere, rinse and repeat. Most puppies don't get it until 5/6 months though.
This. Pee pads will make the potty training take longer because once they do learn to use them, you take them away and they have to learn outside. Skip the pee pads.


An 8 week old puppy will likely have to go out more frequently than every 30 minutes. Take her outside on a leash and wait for her to go pee. When she does, give her tonnes of praise and some treats. Make it a BIG DEAL that she went. Repeat every 20 minutes. If she pees in the house before 20 minutes, decrease the time in between taking her out. Remember to take her out immediately after drinking water or waking up from a nap and also right after eating or playing.

NEVER punish or scold her for going inside. Just clean it up and move on.

we tried putting her in her crate after her meal and 30 min later put her on the pee pads that are in the tub but that only worked once.
I'm confused by this. Pee pads in the tub? Do you mean in the bathtub? I hope I'm interpreting this wrong.
Yes, i mean the bath tub sorry I wasn’t clear. The problem is we were told not to let her out for walks before she has all her shots. Was I misinformed?
 

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Yes, i mean the bath tub sorry I wasn’t clear.
Why would you put them in the bathtub?? How on earth is the puppy supposed to get into the bathtub on their own to use the pads?? She will never learn to use the pads if she can't access them on her own.

Take her outside to a spot where other dogs are unlikely to be using regularly as a potty area.

If you absolutely must use puppy pads then place them in an area that's easily accessible and close to where she normally is. Within sight of her water/food is good, but not too close. Then follow the same procedure I suggested above.
 

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You can take her outside of your building onto an area you will take her every day. Some where what looks clean :)
This is absolutely location dependant advice. "Looks clean" does not mean much depending on how prevelant parvo is in any given area. Apartment complexes can be horribly risky for parvo in areas that already have a high parvo risk. My vet for example sees 1-2 cases every WEEK just from one large complex near them.

To the OP-- if your local vet strongly recommends at least 2 puppy vaccines before the pup walks around outside, then I see nothing wrong with using pee pads.

But that means using pee pads accessible to the pup so she can learn to go to them on her own and start to associate the feeling of needing to pee with the action of peeing.
Pads in a bathtub are more than useless.
 

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You can take her outside of your building onto an area you will take her every day. Some where what looks clean <img src="http://www.dogforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
This is absolutely location dependant advice. "Looks clean" does not mean much depending on how prevelant parvo is in any given area. Apartment complexes can be horribly risky for parvo in areas that already have a high parvo risk. My vet for example sees 1-2 cases every WEEK just from one large complex near them.

To the OP-- if your local vet strongly recommends at least 2 puppy vaccines before the pup walks around outside, then I see nothing wrong with using pee pads.

But that means using pee pads accessible to the pup so she can learn to go to them on her own and start to associate the feeling of needing to pee with the action of peeing.
Pads in a bathtub are more than useless.
Thank you.

There are ALOT of dogs in my building and in the area so I’m not letting her out there until she gets her shots.

After one time I figured the tub was not going to work. I got one of those pad holders so she can’t rip them apart and it worked twice yesterday bt all the other times she went on the floor. There is some progress and I’m learning slowly.

Thanks guys for all the advice and the patience!
 
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