by Janice Jones |Last updated 11-03-2023
Puppy pads can be a life saver when it comes to potty training your puppy. There is no question that potty training should be the first task of any new puppy owner and pee pads often make the task so much easier.
Why use pads? There are several reasons why you might decide to use potty pads over depending on the great outdoors.
Do you live in an apartment or condo where there is no easy access to an outside grassy area? If you live on the third floor and must maneuver down three flights of steps, chances are a puppy is not going to make it to the bottom.
Likewise if you live in a building that requires you to use an elevator, the time to get to that grassy knoll can seem like an eternity to a young puppy.
Puppies need to urinate about every two hours and that adds up to a substantial number of visits to an outside potty area.
On the other end of the spectrum are older, senior dogs that may also not make it in time. Consider puppy pads for them too.
Are you a senior or someone with limited mobility where quickly getting outdoors is out of the question? (When a puppy has to go, he HAS TO GO)
It's far easier to set up an indoor puppy potty area if you know you are not going to make it
Is yours, a winter baby—a puppy born in the winter in a cold and/or snowy area where going outdoors is impracticable? Many puppies born in colder months in northern latitudes don't do well outdoors especially if there is a significant snow fall. It's often easier to train indoors until spring.
Some really small puppies are well, too small to go up and down steps because the height of the rise is taller than they are. If there are a lot of steps, you must plan on picking up the puppy which may defeat the purpose of teaching your dog to walk outside to eliminate.
Do you prefer to keep your dog indoors for personal reasons? Many small dog owners do and will train them to use an indoor potty system.
There are probably many more reasons you might want to consider puppy pads, but whatever the situation, you will wish to find the best one that will do the job. You want a pad that will hold the urine in, not stain your floor, and prevent your puppy from tracking liquid from the pad throughout your home.
You have two choices when it comes to puppy wee wee pads: Disposable and Cloth/reusable.
As a breeder myself, I have trained puppies for many years using many different approaches. My puppy buyers are always shocked that their eight-week-old puppies come “almost potty trained.”
This didn’t happen over night. I had to try many different methods and products to find the one that worked the best. Puppy pads may not be the product that you want to economize on, yet you don’t have to pay top dollar to get the best pads.
I’ve tried many different brands and the ones below are ones I have used and can recommend if you are looking for disposable puppy pads.
If the thought of buying disposable puppy pads year after year, gets you down, you might want to think about the washable kind. Most are very durable and withstand hundreds of washings. You can purchase those made especially for dogs with cute doggie motifs or buy the ones designed as incontinence pads for human use.
Be sure to find ones that have a plastic backing so they don’t leak. Puppy Pads are not the same as whelping pads which do leak. They come in a variety of different sizes depending on your needs. Smaller ones work just fine for one or two dog households.
You might want to consider the larger sizes if your dog stays at home alone for extended periods of time. These pads normally do not have the special attractants infused into the disposable type so if you need that extra odor, you can do one of two things.
Buy a spray bottle containing the pheromones that encourage pets to eliminate where you spray. Alternately, you can use the cloth pad to wipe up a little of your dog’s accident so he will find it on the pad the next time he needs to go.
I have found that over time, I can’t smell the urine but evidently dogs can, so using a spray pheromone is not necessary. If after washing many times, the pads do not come out smelling wonderful, a little vinegar or enzymatic cleaner will neutralize the odor.