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To Use or Not To Use - Training Pads for Dogs

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Puppy pads are a great asset to have in your home if you have a dog you leave for long periods of time. You’re not alone, we all wish we could stay home all day with our pups, or better, take them to work with us, but most of us do not have that luxury. Unfortunately, leaving your dog at home means you’ll need to take extra steps to make sure they’re as comfortable as possible. At New Puppy Pads, you can purchase all of the tools you need to make sure your dog is comfortable at home while you’re away for the day. In our minds, the main tool that you’ll need is a puppy pad.

The Pros and Cons of Puppy Pads

Puppy pads are the perfect options for dog owners who are trying to teach their young pup to potty in certain areas of the house. If you don’t have a puppy pad for your pup to use and you’re away from home all day, it’s likely that you’ll have to deal with plenty of puddles when you get home from work. Now, don’t think that puppies are the only age of dogs that can use “puppy” pads. These pads, also known as potty pads, wee wee pads, training pads and pee pads, are great for dogs of all ages. Plus, they’ll save your floors. Not only are they easy to clean up and can save your dog some pain from holding it in all day, but some dogs could use the pad as an emergency bathroom area.

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 The Pros

  1. Potty pads are often much cleaner than litter boxers or puppy boxes. Being easy to clean, it provides your dog a place to go to the bathroom when you’re not around to take them outside.
  2. They are the perfect tool to soak up urine quickly. We bet you’re wishing you had a pee pad a few weeks back...we’re guessing your carpet would be saved.
  3. Our puppy pads contain odor eliminators and blockers to help trap the smell of urine. When you come home and the potty pad has been used, you won’t have to worry about the rancid smell of urine stinking up your home.
  4. To purchase a pack of training pads for dogs is affordable. Plus, they can last for a long time compared to other potty pad choices available.

 The Cons

  1. If you train your dog when they’re young (as a puppy), it may become more difficult as they get older to break them from going to the bathroom in the house. To prevent this from happening in your home, train your dog as best as you can to go to the bathroom outside first, and inside as a last resort. A puppy pad that’s standing by waiting for an emergency is better than nothing.
  2. If you’re only using a wee wee pad to housebreak your dog, you should wean them as soon as possible. Let’s be honest, we all love an emergency blanket, and that’s what a potty pad is for dogs. But don’t let it become a crutch. Be sure you do everything you can to get your dog trained quickly.
  3. Your dog might get puppy pads mixed up with other square shaped mats on the floor, such as the bathroom rug, the welcome mat or a board game your kids are playing on the floor.
  4. It can make you, the owner, lazy. Don’t forget your dog loves to have interaction! It’s important that you take the time out of your day to spend a few minutes playing and walking your dog. Whatever you do, don’t let a potty pad make you lazy. Your dog deserves better and so do you!

Let’s recap…

The pros of purchasing puppy pads are that your dog that is learning how to become house broken won’t make a mess on the floors of your home. However, keep in mind that fully trained house dogs will be able to do their business outside unless it’s an absolute emergency. Remember to be patient with the process of training your pup or old yeller on using the puppy pads. A good rule of thumb is to put the training pad next to your front or back door so your dog knows that’s where they go when they need to go outside to relieve themselves.

To help wean your pup off of training pads, we highly suggest bringing a puppy pad outside, placing it in the grass, and having your dog go potty on it outside. Eventually, you’ll be able to remove the potty pad from underneath them, leaving them to become truly potty trained once and for all! To learn more wonderful tips and tricks from the potty pad pros here at New Puppy Pads, take a look at our past blog posts.