Training can begin as soon as your puppy begins eating dry treats/kibble and is weaned.Close
Begin by giving treats from your hand. After providing a few treats/kibble, make a trail of treats/kibble leading to the Treat Dispenser. Do not dispense any treats, but allow your dog to walk up to the dispenser. After repeating this several times, your dog will learn to walk up to the Treat Dispenser without begin afraid.Close
Battery Status Indicator
When turning on the Treat Dispenser, the LED surrounding the on/off button will indicate the battery status in the following manner:
NOTE: The pad must be fully opened with no folds. If the Pee Pad Clip is not attached to the designated area it will not operate.
|Pee Pad Clip Function||LED Response|
|Battery added and on||Green LED flashes once|
|Low battery||Red LED flashes once every 10 seconds|
|Moisture detected from Pee Pad||Orange LED flashes once|
The Handheld Remote, Pee Pad Clip and Treat Dispenser are paired from the factory. If you installed the batteries properly and the Treat dispenser is not responding to the handheld Remote or Pee Pad Clip, follow these steps:
A mounting template is located on the back cover of this guide. In order to ensure stability when mounting the Treat Dispenser, be sure to follow all instructions.
Note: It is important that the Treat Dispenser is level when mounted. Follow leveling instructions if mounting about floor level. Be sure to use the included anchors if there is no stud to avoid damage to your wall or the Treat Dispenser.
Nutritionally Balanced Diet for Your Dog
It is important that your dog is already on a nutritionally balanced feeding program before you begin using the Treat Dispenser. If you are using dry dog food/kibble, ensure they are the correct size and can be used in the Treat Dispenser for training.
NOTE: If you free feed your dog, and he shows no interest in the kibble from the Treat Dispenser, change to specific meal feeding times during the day while training with the Treat Dispenser. This should make the dispensed kibble more enticing. If you use treats instead of kibble, your training sessions should be over a longer number of days and the total calorie intake should be subtracted from your dog’s daily intake of food. For most dogs, treats should make up less than 10% of a dog’s daily food intake.
Although we typically take our dogs outside to eliminate, it is sometimes necessary to provide an indoor potty area. This will require a minimum of four (estimated 10 – 15 minute) training sessions throughout a full day of your time with your dog over 2 – 4 week period. Your patience and direct supervision is critical to the success of the Train 'n Praise™ Potty Training System. If you have more than one dog, train each dog separately with no distractions by other pets, small children or any other interruptions. Training will begin without the Treat Dispenser and Pee Pad Clip. These will be introduced gradually. Please read all training steps before starting.
Teaching Your Dog to Focus on You
Some dogs become very attentive to the Treat Dispenser, but they must also learn who is controlling the treat dispensing. If your dog automatically looks at you for reassurance between treats or because he knows who is controlling the treat dispensing, you are ready to move on to additional training. Ensure you reward him each time he looks to you by toning and treating.
If your dog has not learned you are controlling the treats, get his attention by calling his name and when he looks, press the Handheld Remote button to tone and treat. Repeat until your dog is consistent. When your dog focuses on you then immediately goes to the Treat Dispenser after hearing the tone, he is ready for additional training.
To ensure your dog has learned the tone/treat association, practice in different locations and add distance. Repeat until your dog consistently responds to the tone from 8-10 feet away.Close
With the Treat Dispenser turned off, place or coax your dog onto a Train 'n Praise™ Pee Pad. It is best to choose the typical times dogs need to eliminate when on a regular nutritionally balanced diet. Be consistent by placing or coaxing your dog on a pee pad right after your dog wakes up in the morning, after eating or drinking, after playtime, after napping and before going to bed. Each time your dog is on the pee pad is considered a training session.
During the first couple of training sessions say a cue word as in “potty time” or “bathroom” and give a treat/kibble by hand when your dog is on the center of the pad. Keep your dog on the pee pad by giving treats/kibble until he is comfortable and familiar with the feel of the pee pad. Use the same treat/ kibble by hand as you will use later in the Treat Dispenser.Close
The next step is introducing treats/kibble using the Handheld Remote and Treat Dispenser.
After your dog is consistently using the pee pad and taking treats/kibble that you dispense using the Handheld Remote, you are ready for the last step.
The water-resistant, removable Pee Pad Clip is a wireless transmitter that works similar to the Handheld Remote. It is designed to send a signal to the Treat Dispenser when the pee pad detects moisture and is already programmed to wait 10 seconds before a treat/kibble is released. In addition, it is scheduled to wait at least 20 minutes before another signal can be given to the Treat Dispenser. The specific times designed for the Train 'n Praise™ Potty Training System will provide adequate time for the pee pad top layer to dry before the next use. You can decide to continue the audible tone on the Treat Dispenser to alert the dog, reinforcing the positive reward, as if you were there and using the Handheld Remote.
The PetSafe® Train 'n Praise™ Moisture Detection Pee Pads have been designed to be an innovative aid to housebreaking, however with the addition of the Handheld Remote it can be used to reinforce other good behaviors at home. We recommend your dog be fully trained using the Treat Dispenser with the pad before other training begins.
NOTE: Please ensure the Treat Dispenser and pee pads are not together before doing the additional training.
Teaching Your Pet the Audible Tone
The Treat Dispenser includes an audible tone that can be used for additional training. The tone is turned on by default from the factory. Using the Handheld Remote and Treat Dispenser, spend 10-15 minutes a day for a few days to teach your dog the association. Most dogs quickly learn a treat follows the tone.
Pets typically jump up to get attention. If you do not want your pet to jump on you, then friends or members of the family should not encourage this behavior. That means every time your pet jumps on someone, he should be reprimanded or redirected to an alternate and acceptable behavior for which he can receive praise.
NOTE: You (or your guest) should stand completely stationary and not give the dog any attention during this training. Continue to dispense treats/kibble until your dog goes to the Treat Dispenser. Your dog will learn he doesn’t get attention until he stops jumping.
Begging can be annoying and disruptive. If you don’t want your pet to beg, then friends or members of the family should not encourage this behavior. This means every time your pet begs, he should be reprimanded or redirected to an alternate and acceptable behavior, for which he can receive praise.
NOTE: Ensure you ignore your dog at the table. Don’t make eye contact when he is begging. Keep
the remote with you each time you are going to be in situations where your dog begs.
Training can begin as soon as your puppy begins eating dry treats/kibble and is weaned.Close
The issue you're facing is "surface association" because your dog is trained to go on a unique surface not found in your backyard. Your pet is looking for that pad/paper when out on the walk or in the backyard.
You can easily transition your pet to use grass by using the Pet Loo. Simply place the Pet Loo in the area where you normally place pee pads or newspaper, then put the pad/paper on top. Each time you need to replace the pad/paper, cut it in half so that more and more of the synthetic grass can be seen underneath. Eventually your pet will not need the pad or paper at all and will just be using the Pet Loo.
If your dog is reluctant to step up onto the Loo during this initial stage, you can use a similar technique. Take the synthetic grass off the base unit and place the pad/paper on top of the grass and on the ground, in the area that your dog prefers to toilet. After a day or so of successfully using the grass and paper combination, you can then introduce the base unit to your dog by placing it next to the synthetic grass. Allow your dog another day or so before placing the grass and paper back on top of the Pet Loo. Once your pet is confidently using the Loo, you can start halving the paper/pad on top of the grass.
There are products available that help you train your pet to go to the bathroom. Instinctively pets are territorial so if they smell a scent of another dog's pee, they will be inclined to mark over the top of it. "Skip to my Loo" is a unique attractant that helps you to toilet train your best friend. The scientifically formulated solution mimics animal urine and encourages your pet to use that spot, making potty training easy.Close
If an action is followed by praise or reward, after a period of time an animal will learn to repeat this action. Training an older dog may take a little more time and patience, but if you invest the time, you will reap the rewards. Some dogs may instantly get it from the word “go,” while others may need a little extra help. You will need to put in some serious time and effort to have a fully house trained dog, but it will be rewarding in the end!
Frequent Potty Breaks
Before launching into the epic adventure that is toilet training a dog or pup, it can help the process if you put yourself in their shoes.
An 8-week-old puppy, when awake and active, will need to need to go on average about every 20-40 minutes, or after every meal and after every nap. Puppies don't start gaining control of their bladder and bowel functions until they are several weeks of age. This is also the age when puppies start developing preferences about where they will go - a vital stage to be learning to go where you want them to go.
Many puppies may need 15 minutes of sniffing and circling before they are comfortable enough to go. The sniffing and circling is very important, but this should not become playtime. Keep toys and distractions away from where your pet goes to the bathroom.
One of the biggest problems with toilet training is not supervising your pet. If your dog has accidents in the house, and if this is allowed to happen often enough, the pup will soon be conditioned to toilet inside, wherever he likes. It’s important to supervise your dog before he’s properly house trained.
When you can’t watch your pup, keep him in a safe, confined area such as the laundry room, bathroom, crate, or anywhere with an easy-to-clean floor. This makes accidents easy to clean up, and your dog will be more likely to choose the Loo or pee pad to toilet on, rather than their eating or sleeping spaces.
The key with toilet training is consistency. Much like humans, all dogs are individuals; therefore you may need to adapt your training methods to suit your best friend. Whichever approach you choose, it's important that you stick to it! Toilet training can take up to 2-3 weeks, so don’t give up!
Clean It Up
Clean up accidents with good quality cleaning products that get to the source of the smell and prevent pets from using that spot again. Liquid, enzyme-based products, such as Whiff Off or Liquid Ate, get to the source of odor or stain to eliminate, not cover them up.
Potty Training Tips
Either your pet’s routine has changed or something in the environment has changed.