How to Potty Train a Dog With Pads: The Quick and Easy Way

Potty Training your puppy can be one of the most frustrating parts of owning a dog.  In this How to Potty Train a Dog With Pads guide, I am going to provide some useful hints and tips to help you on your way to successful potty training.  You can be rest assured that using these potty training tips and some of these amazing potty training products.  You and your dog will be rid of those potty nightmares.

Building love and trust with your new dog is just the start on enjopying your training journey.  The main part of potty training your dog is being patient, being very consistent and most of all, continuous praise.

How to Potty Train a DogSome dog potty training guides state they can train your dog to be potty trained in just 7 days. Although, this can be true, this is not the case for puppies and more aimed at dogs that are a little older (1 year and older).  The size of your dog should also be taken in to consideration.  The smaller dogs have a much smaller bladder meaning more trips to the loo.  If you have taken your dog from a another home then old habits will be difficult to change, but it can be done.  You will also have some wet nights.  This is natural, just like with children, accidents do happen.  The more you take your dog outside when they need to go and reward when they have gone, the quicker and easier the training becomes.

When Should I Start Potty Training my Dog?

Anytime from 12 weeks onwards should be a great time to start.  This is when your dogs bladder and bowels are moving enough for your dog to recognise something is happening.  You can then help them understand that that feeling requires a trip to the puppy training pad initially and then outside.

If you are using a dog cage / crate for your dog at night then you may find your dog has licked or ate its own waste.  This can cause delays in your training and also requires more behavioural training and rewards.  There are plenty of tools and guides available to help you understand How to Potty Train a Dog in the most effective way.  Sometimes within just 5-10 days.

What Should I Use to Potty Train My Dog?

There are hundreds of different products for you too choose from.  From very cheap puppy training pads to extremely expensive indoor porch potties.  As always, I will provide you the Best products avaialable that will help you make a decision on choosing the right product for you and your dog.

I also will not fill the page with 10 or 20 best products, this time round I will provide you 3 AMAZING Products that will help you with Puppy Potty Training through to Older Dog Training.

So, lets get started…

Best Puppy Training CrateHow to Potty Train a Dog with a Crate

1 Ellie-Bo Dog Puppy Cage

Puppy Training Crates are the best way to start your training journey with your dog.  Dogs will very rarely poop or wee within small areas (pups up to approx 8 – 12 weeks might still have accidents).

The ELlie-Bo range of dog cages are fantastic and cater for all size dogs.  They also have amazing Playpens that will keep your dogs safe when outdoor too.

Each of the Ellie-Bo cages and playpens are built to last and of a very high quality.

Unlike your conventional dog crates, the Ellie-Bo model has 2 doors for easy access.  Other features also include a steel, non chewable, mat that can be easily removed for cleaning.  The crate also folds down for easy storage when not in use.  Heavy Duty latches that will keep your dog secure inside.

As the biggest selling dog cage on Amazon, the Ellie-Bo is an amazing item that any dog owner should have, especially when training.


Strong and Sturdy
Easy to Store
Carrying Handle
Two Doors for Easy Access
Multiple Sizes and Colours


Some Dogs can chew the tray
Catches can be a Little Stiff

2 Simple Solution Dog Training Pads30 simple solution puppy training pads

Second stage of potty training is dog training pads.  Simple Solution have the best range of puppy training pads and products available.

The puppy training pads come with an amazing absorbent that prevents mess.  They also include an aroma that helps entice your dog to wee and poop where the pads are.  Simple Solution have designed possible the best dog and puppy training pads on the market.

You can purchase these in small / large boxes which are readily available.

Suitable for small or large breeds due to the 5 layers used to help soak up more urine than any other puppy pad.

Check out the full Simple Solution Product Review Here


Great Value for Money
Super Absorbent
5 Layers To Help Soak Up More
Built in Aroma to support Training


Dogs Known to Chew Them
Have been known to leak

3 Homdox Pet Dogs Indoor Potty Dog Grass MatHOW TO POTTY TRAIN YOUR DOG INDOORS

Indoor potty training is and always has been a difficult task.  Training your dog to wee or poop in the correct place can be hard.  Then teaching them to go outside to do the same is even harder.

The Homdox Indoor Potty Training Grass Mat is amazing.  Other products are available that do exactly the same yet they are nearly five times more in price.  I found this product to be a great purchase for any dog / puppy owner.

Removable tray that is easily cleaned and maintained to ensure regular use.    Great for dogs that hate bad weather as the grass patch looks and feels like your standard artificial grass.

Indoor potty training grass mats are ideal for anyone living in an upstairs apartment or flat that have no garden.  Plus, this product also helps the workers amongst us that leave the house for long periouds of time throughout the day.


Great Quality
Sturdy and Reliable
Easy to Clean
Great for Flat Owners


Cheaper models available but not as reliable

Step By Step Guide: How to Potty Train a Dog With Pads, Crates and Grass Mats

Many dog trainers and experts obide by the same training rules and principles when it comes to the big question, “How to Potty Train a Dog” Should I used Pads? Should I used Crates? All dog trainers will advise that puppies and dog should be confined to a small space.  This will always help your dog especially whilst learning to go outside for a wee or poop.  You could use a dog crate for this or, like us, box a section of a room off. A  lightweight table that can easily be lifted again in the morning generally does the trick, as long as it is high enough for your dog NOT to jump over.

This prevents your dog moving freely around the house and finding somewhere new to do there business.

Steps to Follow when training your dog;

  • Feeding schedules are massively important.  Regular and consistent food and feeding schedules, with the right foods, is an absolutely must.
  • Always make sure that your dog is let out to relieve itself after meals, a nights sleep, a nap time and when they let you know.  Keeping a routine will also help.
  • All dogs rely on scent to help guide them where best to poop or pee.  Taking them to the same spot each times helps.
  • Whilst training your dog it may initially be best to wait outside with them whilst they do their business.  This will help when you praise as they know you will have see what they have done.
  • Treats & walks after a good deed is always the best reward for any dog.  If your dog has a dry night give them lots of praise and a treat.

Check out this YouTube video for more instructions on potty training

What Signs Should I look for When Potty Training?

Dogs that are potty trained will tend to let off soe key signals that they need to leave to go toilet.  General Barking, sniffing around, scratching at your door could be key signs that your dog needs to relieve it self.  Keep your eyes peeled for these signs.

One sign we noticed with Ralph when he needs a poop is that he folds his tail down under his legs and walks to the door.  This is a quick sign for us that he is ready to get out and do his thing.

Dont Be Afraid of Setbacks

It has always been said that if your dog has an accident in the house, then rub there nose in it, they will soon stop.  This is cruel and should not be done.  Learning How to Potty Train a Dog is a long process and just like having a child.  You need lots of patience. No dog trainer will ever recommend this.  Accidents happen and, as with children, its what you do afterwards that helps move forward.

Training should always continue until you are confident your dog has succeeded and does not require further training.

And Finally, the right and wrongs of potty training

Here are some key principles to follow when learning how to potty train a dog with pads, crates and grass mats:

  • Do not punish your dog for accidents, this will only instil fear in your dog. Instead, continue your training journey.
  • Every dog owner that potty trains needs eyes and ears everywhere.  If you catch your dog about to wee or poop indoors, a loud CLAP of the hands will quickly startle them.  Lead them outside to ensure they are following there traiing.
  • Keep your puppy company when they are outside potty training
  • Use a proper cleaner to clean up any mess – this prevents the dog from smelling there ammonia and stops them repeating the act in the same place.


  1. Emma White June 1, 2017
    • Ralph June 2, 2017
      • Emma White June 5, 2017
  2. Anne-Marie January 15, 2018