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Hello!

I have an 8 month old puppy. I got her when she was three months old and she was already learning to use puppy pads, but I had no knowledge of this. the person who gave her away to me failed to tell me that she was being trained on pads, so I trained her outside instead and had much difficult doing so, so I’m guessing that is why. I later found out that she was being trained on pads, after she was already getting the hang of going outside so I decided to just continue with outdoor potty training.

Fast forward five months later: she is fully potty-trained outside. However, I would like her to be trained on pads instead. Will it be difficult to break the habit of going potty outside? And how will I go about this? I have tried to start the last few days and so far she just walks away. I placed the pad near the back door where I let her out to use the restroom but so far she just scratches at the door and walks right over the pad. I have a feeling she will be confused all over again now that I want to train her on a pad!

Any help is appreciated!
 

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I'm slightly confused, Is there a reason you want to train to go on a pad even though she is already trained to go outside??? Usually training on a pad is a precursor to going outside....
 

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Yes, the reasons are that my family prefers if I leave her outside alone during the day when we are gone so she doesn’t potty inside. But strays walk around my area and I worry about her because some do get in the yard sometimes. I would prefer her to stay inside all day and just be trained to go on pads. And the biggest reason that made me decide to, is that I might be moving into a new place without a backyard, so her being trained outside will be more difficult.
 

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Ahhh ok... I'm sorry I don't have any advice for you, as most of my suggestions on how to train involve untrained pups.... Such as soaking up the accidents and putting pads in spots where pup usually goes, then gradually moving the pads closer and closer to the door... I haven't the foggiest idea how to work in reverse.... Good luck hopefully someone else will see this and have some suggestions...
 

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It’s okay, thank you though! Another reason I did not want her trained on pads before was because she would destroy everything in sight and make messes as soon as we turned our heads for one second! Now that she is a little older and I have been teaching her to live inside with us, she has gotten so much calmer and no longer destroys things, so I figured she’d be able to live permanently inside aside from walks. But yes, I know training her on pads now would be very difficult!! She just scratches at the door and whimpers and does not even see the pad as anything for potty anymore. When before she would pee on rugs, blankets, towels; anything square shaped!! And it never occurred to me until later that maybe she would pee on those objects because she was being trained on pads.
 
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