Easily Train Your Boston Terrier To Go Pee On Potty Pads (Step by Step)


Potty training your Boston Terrier can be a daunting task. Luckily, if you are diligent and consistent, you can have a well-trained pup in no time!

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This blog post will provide an easy step-by-step guide on how to train your Boston Terrier to pee on the pads inside your house.

Bella next to her pee pads

Training Your Boston Terrier To Pee On Potty Pads

How many Boston Terrier owners train their Bostons to go pee on pads?

According to a poll conducted on the Boston Terrier Society Twitter community, only 15% out of 86 Boston lovers said they trained their pups to go pee on potty pads.

Who should have their Boston Terrier use potty pads?

Potty pads are an ideal option for pet owners who live in multi-story homes or those who struggle to get outside in inclement weather. Not only do they provide an easy and convenient way of limiting messes indoors, but they also help to keep your home clean and hygienic.

When to have your Boston Terrier use potty pads?

Potty pads are ideal for use when you can’t take your pup outside due to inclement weather, such as during heavy rain or snow. They can be used when training a puppy, who may not yet have full bladder control.

Potty pads are also quite useful for senior dogs or those with mobility issues and can provide a safe, comfortable place for them to relieve themselves.

Step by Step – Training your Boston to go pee on potty pads

I’m ready to learn! And ready for bed 🙂

Step 1: Buy the Right Supplies

The first step in potty training your Boston Terrier is to make sure you have the right supplies, PUPPY PADS. Check out puppy pads on Amazon here for pricing: Puppy Pads.

Additionally, you’ll need treats and rewards for when your pup correctly pees on their pad. Check out dog treats on Amazon here: Dog Treats.

You may also want to look into purchasing a pet gate that will help with keeping your pup confined while they learn to use their pads. Check out dog gates on Amazon here for pricing: Dog Gates.

Step 2: Placing the Pads

You’ll need to place the puppy pads in the right place for training. The right place for you is different from someone else. Place the pads in the spot where you are going to want them to go to the bathroom indefinitely.

Step 3: Establish a Routine Going Outside First

When it comes to potty training, routine is key! With consistency comes success. A good way to start this process is by taking your pup out every two hours or so during the day—this includes right after meals or waking up from naps. If they do not pee immediately, give them some time but don’t let them wander too far away from where you are standing. Give them some verbal praise and/or treats when they pee outside successfully.

Additionally, take them outside at night before bedtime so that they know this is an important part of their routine.

Step 4: Utilize Puppy Pads Inside Your Home

Once your pup has established a good routine of going potty outside, you can start introducing puppy pads inside your home. Place the puppy pads in areas that have been designated for bathroom use. Also make sure that these areas are easily accessible for when nature calls!

When you see that your pup has gone potty on their pad(s), reward them with treats and plenty of verbal praise so that they understand this behavior is acceptable and even encouraged.

Step 5: Watch For Potty Signs 

Watch for signs that your Boston needs to go pee. When you see signs take them to their designated pee pads to do their business. This will help reinforce where they need to go while inside the house.

Boston Terrier with toilet paper roll
Obvious sign they need to go potty 🙂

Signs Of A Boston Terrier Needing To Potty:

• Sniffing or circling

• whimpering, barking or whining

• looking at you while by the door or pee pad

• sudden stops in playtime      

Step 6: Making Sure They Know It’s Wrong To Go Outside The Pad Area

Once your pup has gotten used to going potty on their pads inside, it’s important to make sure they know it’s wrong to go anywhere else in the house.

If an accident does happen elsewhere (for example if they go in the kitchen or living room), calmly bring them back over to their pad area and try again there instead of punishing them harshly or getting frustrated with them (this will only confuse them!).

Eventually, they will understand what’s expected of them and know not to go anywhere else in the house besides their designated bathroom area.

Video – Should you train your Boston to use potty pads

In this video, I talk about my personal experience in training Bella to use potty pads as well as some insight I got from the Boston Terrier community.

What not to do when training your Boston to pee on pads

When training your Boston Terrier to pee on puppy pads, there are some important things to avoid.

First and foremost, never punish your Boston for not peeing on the pad. This will only lead to confusion and distress, and can make them more reluctant to use their pad in the future. Instead, focus on positive reinforcement with treats, verbal praise and physical affection when they do something correctly.

Additionally, avoid keeping the puppy pads in an area that is too far away from where your pup normally spends their time. If it’s inconvenient or difficult for them to get to the pad, they may just choose to go elsewhere in the house instead.

Finally, don’t rely too heavily on puppy pads. Make sure you’re still taking your pup outside regularly to reinforce the idea that this is where they should do their business. Doing this will help create a solid foundation for successful potty training!

Final Thoughts

Training a Boston Terrier to use puppy pads inside can seem like an intimidating task but with patience and consistency it doesn’t have to be! Following these steps—buying the right supplies, establishing a routine, utilizing puppy pads inside, and making sure they know it’s wrong to go outside the pad area—will help ensure success for both you and your furry friend! Good luck!

If you want to learn more commands and tricks you can teach your Boston Terrier, be sure to visit our article, 49 Commands And Tricks You Can Teach Your Boston!

Donnie Gardner

Donnie Gardner is the owner of the Boston Terrier Society. He has been raising Bella the Boston since 2010. He resides in Kansas with his wife, daughter, and Bella. His favorite activities are hanging out with family, traveling, running (but has bad knees), and reading non-fiction books.

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