Puppy chewing pee pads is definitely a behavior you must put a stop to right from the start.
After all, nothing can add to the challenge of housetraining a puppy if they keep biting and chewing their potty training pads.
(Not to mention that this is dangerous behavior and can cause harm to your puppy’s gentle stomach.)
The good news is that this behavior can easily be rectified and we will tell you exactly how to do so:
My Dog Eats The Training Pads – What Should I Do?
Here are the steps to take when your puppy tears up puppy pads:
Say No in a Strong Confident Voice
If you catch your puppy eating puppy pads, say No! in a loud voice. This will get his attention so he will drop the pad right away.
You can distract your pet from the pad by handing out a chew toy. This strategy diverts your pet’s attention from further destructive behavior and teaches him that the pee pad is off-limits.
The No-command is very useful as it helps nip all kinds of unwanted biting and chewing behavior in young puppies and is an important part of a puppy’s early training.
You can also use this command to stop a puppy from biting or chewing not just pee pads but other objects (that are not a toy.)
Let Them Finish Their Business Outdoors
The important thing is that your puppy should understand that puppy training pads are just for the potty-business and not for chewing.
So it is a good idea to let your puppy finish its business outdoors or in a designated area in the yard or balcony.
The moment they eliminate in the designated spot, praise your puppy copiously. If needed, you can also treat him/her with their favorite food.
Use the Drop It Command
The Drop It command is very useful in getting a puppy to leave objects alone which they aren’t meant to chew or bite.
Say Drop it loudly and firmly when you see your puppy eating training pads.
As soon as your pet drops the pad, you can praise and treat him as well.
If he keeps going back to the pee pad, then use the Drop It command again.
As soon as he obeys, treat him.
Repeat this every time you see a puppy chewing pee pad. He should learn to associate the treat with the fact that he has dropped the pad.
That is why it is vital that you treat/praise him as soon as he has dropped the pad.
Secure the Puppy Pee Pad Firmly to the Ground
Often, a puppy chews pee pad if it is easily accessible enough to carry away or is not firmly secured.
A simple tip to prevent the puppy from eating puppy pads is to secure it firmly to the floor using duct tape. Alternatively, you can invest in puppy pad holders. These are readily available in pet stores.
Please make sure that you choose a conveniently accessible place for placing the pee pad so your puppy can easily access it.
Use Anti-Chew Sprays
Anti-chew or chew deterrent sprays can be used for discouraging puppy from eating and chewing up pee pads and furniture.
Worry not: they are completely safe and won’t harm your puppy. Most are made with natural ingredients.
Chew deterrent sprays have a bitter taste and they help repel puppy from them. This will prevent him from chewing, tearing, and gnawing on the pads.
You can find puppy chew repellent sprays and products easily these days and they come in different flavors too.
Restrict Puppy inside a Puppy Play Pen/Crate
A puppy playpen is a good way of restricting puppy from biting and chewing things.
You can place many toys inside the pen so your pet can entertain itself.
It is a good idea to keep the playpen in the same room where you work so your pet can see you and not feel lonely.
Simply let him to the puppy potty training pads from time to time so he can relieve himself.
This will minimize his contact with the wee pads and prevent unnecessary biting, chewing, etc.
A crate can also serve the same purpose as a playpen and can be safely and humanely used until your pet learns bite-and-chew control and is fully potty trained.
Provide Plenty of Toys
Provide plenty of chew toys, puzzles, and Kong toys to keeps your furbaby engaged.
This will keep boredom at bay, help your pet relieve sensitive gums, and ultimately save your furniture and pee pads from being ripped to pieces.
This is an easy way to prevent a puppy from shredding its pee pad.
Conclusion – How to Stop Puppy from Chewing Pee Pad
The ultimate goal of housetraining is to get your pet to go potty outdoors.
However, indoor puppy pee pads can ease that process, prevent frustrating cleanups, and can be used as an intermediate step of housetraining.
If your pet starts chewing the pads, don’t let that be a setback in puppy potty training.
Use the above steps and put a complete stop to a puppy chewing pee pad.
We hope the above tips helped you! Do let us know how it goes in the comments below!