Plan C: Training for Puppies If Are Away from Home During the Day

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Step 1: Be Patient 

Training a puppy three months or younger to use BrilliantPad generally takes no longer than training a puppy to use traditional potty pads. Some puppies will only take a few days to train but others may need several weeks just to get comfortable with the machine before you even start training. Please be patient if your puppy requires additional time.

The goal is to avoid elimination in inappropriate areas.  Punishment is not recommended for inappropriate elimination. Puppies rarely understand what was wrong and punishment will not have a benefit. In fact, punishment may cause even more inappropriate eliminations. Instead, encourage and reward good behavior.

To discourage accidents from recurring, clean all inappropriately soiled areas with an enzymatic cleaner such as TidyShot by BrilliantPad.


Step 2: Confine your puppy to a small area with BrilliantPad

Cover the floor surrounding the BrilliantPad machine with regular puppy pads or with the BrilliantPad transition pads included with the machine. This is especially important if you are not home during the day to put the puppy on the machine when it is time to go potty. Once your puppy goes potty on the pads, gradually remove them until there is only one on top of the machine.


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



Step 3: When your puppy is used to going potty on just one pad, reduce the size of the pad

Once your puppy 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 your pad completely.


Finally, remove the pad completely and your puppy should start going potty on BrilliantPad. Remember to reward your puppy with treats and affection each time he goes potty in the correct place. Click here to buy additional Brilliant Pad transition pads.


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.


 Step 4: Slowly introduce use of the 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:

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):


Additional Training Tips:

For additional suggestions, go to BrilliantPad Troubleshooting Tips.

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