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Puppy Nappies: Should You Put A Nappy On A Puppy?

Puppy Nappies: Should You Put A Nappy On A Puppy?

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It’s a dilemma that dog owners around the world face – what to do when their puppy isn’t house-trained yet. One option is to put a nappy on the puppy, but is this the right thing to do? In this article, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of using puppy nappies to help with potty training. We’ll also discuss some other methods of house-training puppies, so you can decide what is best for your furry friend!

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Why consider puppy nappies?

One of the main reasons why puppy owners might choose to use nappies is because it can be a quick fix to the problem. Puppies typically have small bladders, which means they need to go to the bathroom frequently.

If you’re not able to take your puppy outside as often as it needs to go, then putting a nappy on can help to prevent accidents in the house. Nappies can also be useful if you live in an apartment or other type of dwelling where it’s not possible to let your puppy out as often as necessary.

What types of puppy nappies are there?

Puppy nappies come in a variety of shapes and sizes, just like nappies for human babies! There are disposable nappies, which are convenient but bad for the environment, and they can also be expensive if you’re using them on a daily basis. Alternatively, there are reusable nappies, which are more environmentally friendly but will require some additional washing.

Image: Simple Solution | Available from $35.64

What are the drawbacks of puppy nappies?

There are some potential drawbacks to using nappies for potty training puppies. One is that it might make it harder for the puppy to learn that it should relieve itself outside. If a puppy always wears a nappy, it might not make the connection that it needs to go to the bathroom in a specific place.

Alternatives to puppy nappies

Here are some other methods of potty training that you can try:

Reward-based training

If you always have someone at home in the first few weeks of bringing a new puppy home, this can be the best approach to potty training a new puppy.

  1. Set a timer to take your puppy outside every 2 hours (yes, this includes nights)
  2. Put your puppy on the spot where you want it to relieve itself and wait
  3. When your puppy relieves itself, say your cue word that you’re planning to use (such as “go potty”) and then reward and praise heavily, including treats

This will help to reinforce the desired behavior.

Puppy pads inside a puppy playpen

If you can’t dedicate a few weeks to taking your puppy outside every couple of hours for potty training, you can try this method.

  1. Set up a puppy playpen inside your home, including a sleeping area, play area, eating area, and toilet area with a puppy pee pad
  2. Dogs naturally avoid relieving themselves in the areas they sleep and eat, so with a bit of luck your new puppy will naturally use the pee pad to relieve itself
  3. If you catch your puppy relieving itself in an unwanted area, gently lift it and put it on the pee pad. Do not punish your puppy for toileting in the wrong area.
  4. After your puppy has finished its business on the pee pad, say your cue word that you’re planning to use (such as “go potty”) and then reward and praise heavily, including treats

Eventually, you’ll be able to transfer the newly learned behaviour to the outside world.

When it comes to puppy pee pads, you have a few different options available, including single-use pee pads, reusable puppy pads, and real grass mats.

Image: Pipco Pets | Washable Pee Pad for Dogs | Available from $26.95

Hire a professional dog trainer

If you’re struggling to potty train your puppy on your own, you can always hire a professional dog trainer to help. A professional trainer will be able to give you customised advice for your puppy based on its individual needs and personality.

So, what’s the verdict?

Puppy nappies can be a helpful tool for potty training, but they’re not right for every puppy. If you’re considering using nappies for your puppy, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons to decide if they’re right for your situation. There are other methods of potty training puppies that you might want to consider, so be sure to do your research before you make a decision!

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