Hello, as a licensed veterinarian I am happy to assist you!
It sounds like your pup is very well loved I commend you for looking into options for her! As far as pee-pads, one brand isn't necessarily any better than another so I would pick whichever is cheaper or on sale. As an alternative, you might consider one of the following options as well:
- A re-usable indoor dog mat: these are designed to mimic grass and can save you money in the long-run if you are willing to have to clean it. Here is one such product:
- Doggy diapers
: especially if she leaks urine, this may be a good option for her. Pet diapers come in both re-usable and disposable varieties. **An important note: just as with babies, be sure to check the diaper often and change it as needed to avoid diaper rash (urine burns)**. There are many options available:
As far as training, positive reinforcement is always the best training method to use. What I recommend is when she asks to go outside to use the bathroom, take a pee pad with you outside and let her go on it outside first. Then once she learns she is allowed to potty on the pad, bring the pad inside. The important part of positive reinforcement then is to always reward the behavior
you want- so she should get lots of praise, pets, and a treat whenever she uses the pad appropriately.
Thank you for your question, I hope you find this information useful. Please feel free to respond with additional questions, and once you are satisfied with my answer please remember to rate my answer so I receive credit for my time.
Have a great day!