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Originally Posted by QuincyT
Iíd say yes he knows heís peeing. The vet told me it just hurts him to hold it so heís gonna pee and definitely have accidents 😔
I'm so sorry to hear that he has cancer
If his mind is still sharp and he's not suffering from something like Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, then I'd say he can learn to use a pee pad, BUT it's going to be very hard to do so because peeing outside is such an ingrained habit.
What I'd do is first train him to use the pad outside in the yard. To do that put the pad in the yard and wait for him to really have to go, or to ask to go potty if he's trained to do that. Grab some extra special treats that you know he LOVES. Take him out on leash and lead him to the pad, it'll help at first to have a larger area covered in a pads. Give a potty command (once) Wait 5 minutes for him to go, if he does not potty then bring him inside and wait 10 minutes to try again. If he goes say the potty command as he's going then praise, him and give him the treat as soon as he's done, (right when he starts to lift up from peeing). After he's gone 4 or 5 times on the pads move them closer to the door and take one away (end goal is to have only one pad down). After he uses it 4 or 5 times in the new spot move the pads closer to the door and take another pad away. Again after he's used it 4 or 5 times in the new spot move the pad or pads right next to the door and if you aren't down to one pad take another away. Next up move the pad or pads inside but right next to the door, and start trying to get him to pee on it inside the house, that'll be the hardest part since he's got a life long habit of peeing outside to break. Hopefully it won't be too hard, and he'll catch on quick since you'll be able to use the potty command to let him know that he can go there.
If he's a larger breed I'd get the extra large puppy pads and tape two together to give him a good bit of room to aim for. You want to make it hard for him to miss, I know my boy is talented enough to pee between his front paws which means that if he had his back legs on the pad, but front legs off of it, he could pee on the floor while thinking he was using the puppy pad