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How do I get my dog to not go on the edge of his puppy pad?


Hi, my name is David. My dog Linos uses a puppy pad in the house all the time. The problem is when he does #2, he goes all the way on the edge of the pad. Most of the time he misses altogether. I've tried to move the pad further over with no avail. He likes to go on the edge. What can I do??

David J.


Hi David,

This is a good question because puppy pads are becoming much more common in pet households. I bet you are not alone in your puppy pad quandary! The good news is Linos is using the pad regularly! That is half the battle for most dog parents teaching their pooch to use the pad.

I’m not able to ask you specific questions, so I’m going to take you through a series of training steps to teach a dog to use a puppy pad for the first time.

  1. Choose a pad that is the appropriate size for your pet (and for the mess that they make).
  2. Put the pad in the right place. It should be placed in an area that makes sense for your dog. For example, don’t put the pad near a food or water bowl. This is not an area the dog will want to eliminate. Place pads in more than one area, even if you have a small apartment. Try placing one near the bathroom and one near a door the pet might use to go outside.
  3. Reward your dog with praise and possibly a small treat when you see them use the pad successfully.

If you have followed the three steps above successfully and Linos is still eliminating on the edge or missing the pad entirely, there are a few things that might explain this. Dogs will often intentionally eliminate on the perimeter of what they believe is their territory. It sounds like he comprehends that he is supposed to potty on the pad, but he is choosing to eliminate on the edge.

You might try using a larger pad or even two pads to give him more room to eliminate. You can also try to place the pad in a corner. If you try putting it in the corner, you’ll want to place something on the vertical walls of the corner to protect them from possible soiling.

Hopefully this gives you enough new tricks to fix the ‘edgy’ problem! Good luck!

Kristen Buck60x60

Written by:
Kristen Levine, Pet Lifestyle Expert

August 11, 2011

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