Using Puppy Training Pads as
Housetraining Tools

Also known as pee pads, puppy training pads are products marketed as an alternative option to newspaper or litter box training for dogs being trained to eliminate indoors.

But as with other indoor housetraining tools, there are several advantages and some disadvantages in using training pads.

While dog training pads are effective and can help make housebreaking feel less like a chore, it is important to keep in mind that they should ideally be used as a temporary solution.

What Are Puppy Training Pads?

Puppy training pads are similar to the pads used for incontinence in humans but are made slightly differently.

Puppy training pads are typically made of several layers of absorbent paper which are sealed along the edges. The pads generally measure 23x24 inches and are sold in packages containing anywhere between a dozen and 60 pads.

The pads serve multiple purposes. The main purpose of the pad is to protect your floor; indeed, the layers of paper will effectively absorb the moisture, making the cleanup process easy.

Many puppy training pads also contain pheromones so to encourage puppies to eliminate on them. This makes the use of pee pads more preferable than using a bunch of newspapers as in paper training. In addition, some pads may also contain odor neutralizers so to help minimize smells.

Housetraining using pee pads is not for everyone; however, there are special circumstances where this training method is preferred.

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Who Should Use Pee Pads?

Which dog owners benefit the most from using pee pads for their dogs?

  1. If your dog dislikes going outside when it's cold or wet, dog pee pads may save your dog and yourself a lot of worthless trips.
  2. If you work long hours or if you live on the last floor of a tall building, your puppy may have not yet attained sufficient bladder and bowel control to hold it long enough to wait for you to come home or take him down several flights of stairs.
  3. Pee pads may also be helpful for adult dogs suffering from incontinence.

Pros and Cons of Using Puppy Training Pads

As seen, puppy pee pads protect your flooring from annoying urine stains, make clean up easier and help your puppy make good choices. Best of all, they offer you the opportunity to train your dog to eliminate indoors when going outdoors is impractical or impossible.

One of the biggest disadvantages of using training pads is the fact that it slows down the puppy house training process. Training a puppy to go potty indoors, indeed, adds a further step, meaning that instead of training a puppy to eliminate outdoors directly, the puppy must be first trained to go indoors and then outdoors. While this considerably slows down the process, most puppies eventually learn to eliminate outside once they are gradually weaned off the pads.

Another disadvantage to consider is the fact that some puppies find the pads more fun to chew than to use for the elimination process!

Choosing the Best Pads for Your Dog

There are a variety of dog training pads on the market.

Disposable pee pads are meant to be used on a daily basis, picked up and thrown away. Washable pee pads, on the other hand, can be reused again and again. One advantage of washable dog pee pads over the disposable ones is the fact that puppies may not feel compelled to shred them into pieces as with the disposable ones. Another advantage is that, in the long run, they are cheaper than disposable pads.

Of course, size matters when it comes to purchasing pads; therefore, make sure the size you select is appropriate for your breed. With disposable pads, look for those equipped with plastic backing so to protect your floor.

How to Train Your Puppy to Use Training Pads

To help set your puppy for success and facilitate the housebreaking process, it is important to follow some guidelines.

The location where you set the pads is very important. A good place to start would be to use an area equipped with easy to wash surfaces such as tiles or linoleum.

Because puppies have an innate tendency to avoid soiling where they eat, drink, sleep and play, place the pads as far as possible from the puppy's food, water, toys and sleeping areas. The special attractant enveloped in the pads should do the rest.

Should your puppy still have accidents, it helps to provide some gentle guidance. Watch your puppy very carefully and as soon as he shows signs he is about to eliminate, place him on the pad. Don't be shy on praising lavishly, giving a treat and throwing a little party. With a little coaxing and patience, your puppy should soon learn that the pad is the right place to go.

Here is a brief video that shows a young puppy eliminating on a training pad...

Final Thoughts...

Puppy training pads can be very helpful, especially for dog owners who for a reason or another are unable to take their puppy outdoors for potty breaks as needed. If this applies to your situation, don't hesitate to give puppy training pads a try.

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I also strongly recommend this Ultimate House Training Guide. In addition to some valuable house training tips and advice, it explains several housetraining methods and lets you choose the one that works best for you and your dog.


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