• Before you start housebreaking, you will need a few supplies:

    Make sure you select the right pad for your dog’s needs.

    How big is your dog or puppy?

    Hartz® training pads provide up to 12 hours of leak-proof protection for dogs and puppies up to 25lbs.

    How many hours of Hartz® leak-proof protection do you need?

    Need More Protection?

    Hartz® Adult Antibacterial Floor Pads absorb 3x as much as our puppy training pads to meet the needs of larger breeds. They are treated with an antimicrobial to eliminate odor-causing bacteria.

    Now that you’ve got the right pad, let the training begin.
    1. Begin by placing the pad, blue or green plastic side down, in a confined area.
    2. Place the dog or puppy on the pad a few times to smell the pad and get used to it. Keep in mind that your puppy must relieve itself every few hours on average based on his age (a 2 month old puppy every 2 hours, 3 month old puppy every 3 hours etc.).
      Helpful hint: Supervise your puppy. Watch for signs that he needs to eliminate, like sniffing around or circling. If you see these signs, immediately take him to the pad.
    3. If the dog or puppy relieves himself somewhere else, bring it back to the pad immediately. Continue bringing the dog or puppy back to the pad to reinforce that this is the place to soil.
    4. While your dog is eliminating on the pad, use a phrase like “go potty” so that eventually you can use the command and your dog will understand what it means.
    5. When the dog relieves himself on the pad, praise him lavishly and reward him with a small treat. Treating is key to the training process as it is the only way your dog will understand that he is doing what you want him to do.
    6. Once the dog or puppy has learned to relieve himself in the proper place indoors, begin moving the pads gradually closer to the door and finally outdoors on a leash to complete the training process.
    7. Dispose of soiled pad and place a new one in its place as needed.
      Be patient. The training process can take months and puppies may not be fully housebroken until they are 12 months of age.

    Hartz® pads are perfect for dogs & puppies that must stay indoors for long periods of time. Simply follow the housebreaking directions above, skipping step 6

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