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We have a 3 1/2 yo chi mix and she is potty pad trained only. We live in an area where there are tons of hawks and coyotes, so we don't have the option of the outdoor potty.

Today, we adopted an adorable 1 yo male chi mix. Does anyone have any pointers for pad training a male dog? Is it even really possible since he's already a leg lifter?

We won't be able to bring him home for a few days (he can't be released until after he is neutered), so we have a few days to prepare!

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I think the only way will be to lead walk them whilst the do the toilet which would be time consuming,scent marking with males is difficult to deal with ,if you don't mind them toileting in the house in a certain area of course then you could try a pee post or a hormone spray that you could use on some pads,the scent marking can be stopped by positive reinforcement ,every time he lifts his leg a sharp no may stop him,once again he has to be caught in the act and is very time consuming ,if you want them outside and if you have a garden then you could build a type of covered pen that you could teach them both to toilet in,that way they will be safe from predators,you have your work cut out,good luck,karen
 

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I have no experience with a male and pee pads, but my friend has two chi boys and both were pee pad trained as puppies before transitioning to outside, so it must be possible. Have you seen those dog runs that have a cover over the top to protect them?
 

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I have a pee pad holder with sides. The males lift their legs on the sides. One drawback with this design is the swirly cut out esigns on the sides sometimes let the pee leak out a bit. Some people use a coke bottle filled with water for them to aim at or you can buy a cute fire hydrant for them to use. Some of my puppies won't poo on the same pad as the one they pee on, so I have two right next to each other.
Here what I use.
Four Paws On Target Trainer - Wee Wee Pad Holder - Free Shipping

Another thing that you could use at first is a belly band. I've used it with new male dogs until they learned to go outside. Or, in your case until your new dog lerns to use the pads. If you use the belly band, you line it with a sanitary napkin, the pee doesn't soak through the band and it keeps the dogs skin dry. I just used it for my newest dog, Pepe, for about 2 months and now he is safe in the whole house.
I like the ones with the elastic, it seems to fit and move with th dog better.
Male Dog Belly Bands
 

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How big is he? My chi is 9lbs, and he only lifts his leg about 1 or 2 inches at most. He isn't much of a leg lifter, so pee pads aren't a problem. But, I do take him out several times a day on a lead to pee. He is always on a lead for doing his business because I want him to understand that the leash is for doing his business. So far it has worked.
Good luck with him. He will probably do fine, he's young enough to learn something new!
 
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