Paco is now going on 10 months and is quite the happy pup here on St. Thomas. A little issue has come up, and I'm hoping you all can suggest some things for me.
We used puppy pads while potty training Paco so that if he had to go and we either weren't around to open the door (or asleep) he could use the pads to go. We still use a pad next to the door because he often wakes up before us in the morning and wants to urinate, so this way we can continue to sleep and he can do his business. The problem is, whereas he once could hit the pad dead center pretty regularly, he now ALWAYS pees right on the edge, leaving us with (usually a quite large) puddle of urine on the kitchen floor to clean up.
I'm thinking that he's old enough to hold it until we get up to let him out to pee, as long as I give him a chance to go before we go to bed, which he usually gets. We've had days where a puppy pad wasn't down when the door was closed though, and he just urinates on the floor where the pad is supposed to be. I should probably just save my money and stop buying the pads, since either way I'm going to have a puddle on the floor to clean up, lol.
Question basically is, how do I teach him that he can now ONLY go outside? I suspect just taking the pads away won't work, and I won't be able to keep an eye on him while I'm sleeping to move him outside if he starts to pee on the kitchen floor.
I appreciate the help!