While many dogs instinctively understand how to use Piddle Patch, others may need a little guidance and support. This is especially true if your dog has previously received training and is now reluctant to change their routine, or if their original training was never completed.
If your pup has previously used wee wee pads and is hesitant about making a transition to Piddle Patch grass, then the following strategy can help.
1. Place your Piddle Patch in the place where your dog’s wee wee pad is normally placed. Put a pee pad on top of Piddle Patch grass. When it’s time for your dog to go pee, encourage them to pee on top of the puppy pee pad which is on top of the Piddle Patch grass. Once they have gone pee, praise your dog for a job well done.
2. Replace the used puppy pee pad with a new one which has been cut in half. When it’s time for your dog to go pee again, encourage your dog to do so on top of the Piddle Patch which has a wee wee pad which has been cut in half. Shower your dog with praise and encouragement once they have gone potty.
3. Replace the used puppy pad with one that has been cut into a quarter. The next time your dog is due for a potty break, take them to the Piddle Patch and encourage them to go pee on top of the grass and the cut puppy pad.
At this point, your dog should now understand that their usual toilet area has changed from the puppy pee pad to Piddle Patch grass.
When they are next in need of a potty break, take them to Piddle Patch and encourage them to go pee without any wee wee pad on top of the grass.
If your dog becomes hesitant at any stage, take a step backwards and repeat the process until they are confident.
For more training tips, please check out our house-training guide.