Plan A: Transitioning Dogs That Use Regular Pads

Step 1  |  Step 2  |  Step 3  |  Step 4  |  Step 5

Step 1: Let dog get comfortable

Set up BrilliantPad and see how your dog reacts to it. The first step is to allow your dog to take as much time as he needs to get completely comfortable around BrilliantPad before starting any training.

Training TipIf your dog is scared or nervous around BrilliantPad, you may need to hide it by covering it with a towel or even moving it to another room. Then uncover or reintroduce the machine to your dog a few days later. Give praise when your dog nears or sits on BrilliantPad.

If your dog is uncomfortable around BrilliantPad do not place or force your dog on it.

Step 2: Encourage dog to explore

Once your dog is comfortable around BrilliantPad, use treats to encourage your dog to step onto the platform. Have patience and remember to praise your dog when he gets on the BrilliantPad platform even if he doesn’t go potty. Continue this until your dog completely accepts BrilliantPad. Only then should you begin training your dog to use BrilliantPad.

Exploring BrilliantPad

Step 3: Put your current pad on Brilliant Pad 

Once your dog has accepted BrilliantPad, put one of your regular potty pads on the platform. Some dogs may start going potty on BrilliantPad within a few days, but some dogs will take longer, so be  patient if your dog requires additional time.

Training TipIf your dog does not use the pad on the platform right away, you may need to put a second pad on the ground near the machine so your dog doesn’t go potty on the floor. After a few days, remove the pad on the floor but leave the second pad on the machine. 

Step 4: Reduce size of your regular pad

Once your dog has used the pad on the machine for a few days, reduce its size by folding or cutting it in half. After a few more days fold or cut the pad in quarters. Eventually, remove the pad completely.

If your dog won’t go potty on a single pad on top of the machine, then cover the floor surrounding the BrilliantPad machine with regular dog potty pads or with the BrilliantPad transition pads included with the machine. Once your dog goes potty on the pads, gradually remove them until there is only one on top of the machine and then continue with Step 4.


If your dog resists going on the platform once the pad size is reduced or the pad is removed, put a pad the same size as the last one successfully used on the platform. Then after a few days try gradually reducing the size of the pad again.

If after you remove the transition pad from the machine, your dog won’t go potty on the platform, restore the transition pad and try removing it again a few days later.



Step 5: Slowly introduce electronic controls

Once your dog starts using BrilliantPad, use the MANUAL advance for a few days. Then, with the dog nearby but not on the platform, press and hold the manual advance button to advance the pad, or double-click to advance a full sheet:

BrilliantPad Manual Advance Button

Training Tip




If your dog accepts the machine noise, praise him and give him a treat. 



After several days of advancing manually, you can consider setting the Automatic Timer to replace the pad automatically one, two or three times per day (i.e., once every 24, 12 or 8 hours):

BrilliantPad Automatic Advancing

Additional Training Tips:

For additional suggestions, go to BrilliantPad Troubleshooting Tips.