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Pee Pad Training: Is It a Good Idea?

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Pros of Pee Pet Pad Training

Can be convenient: You can place pee pads anywhere. In many cases, it may also be quicker and more easily accessible to get to a pee pad, like a dog diaper, rather than outside or all the way down the elevator, before an accident happens. For example, if you are mobility impaired or live on an upper floor of a tall apartment building, it's much easier to get your puppy to their pee pad area than make the long trip downstairs to get them outside.

 

Easy clean-up: Like a diaper, pee pads soak up the mess and you can simply toss them in the trash. Or you can buy reusable, washable ones.

 

Creates an appropriate potty spot: Pee pads can encourage your puppy to potty in the right place with a built-in attractant. You can also purchase potty attractant spray to use on your dog's porch potty, and even use it to encourage your dog to go potty in certain parts of the yard over others. Pee pads or dog litter boxes create an appropriate potty area in your puppy's long-term confinement zone, helping your puppy learn to go to the bathroom away from their sleeping area.

 

Weather friendly: For all those times when it’s just downright nasty out and the idea of taking your dog out to potty makes you want to cry, pee pet pads give your dog an indoor bathroom option. Some pups have a hard time going potty outside in inclement weather because they’re uncomfortable or distracted. No trip outside necessary for pee pad trained pups.

 

Pro Tip: If you're using potty pads or a porch potty, or pet wipes, you'll want somewhere convenient to throw away any waste. Instead of making the trek to the trash can every time you pick up your puppy's poo, invest in a small dog waste station with deodorizer, like this one from PetFusion.

 

I have one on my patio and love that I don't have to carry the poo bags all the way back to the dumpster behind our townhome. It has a locking lid and includes a charcoal filter that helps reduce odor, and it's lightweight and portable – making trips to toss the poo in the outdoor garbage less frequent!

 

Cons of Training Your Puppy to Use Pee Pads

 

Anything could be a pee pad: Teaching your pup to pee on a thin paper underpad may also teach them that it’s okay to pee on similar items. They might consider the newspaper you tossed on the floor as fair game for a potty spot. Some dogs who use pee pads generalize to going to the bathroom on any square mat or rug in the house. Watch out when you step out of the shower!

 

Set-up for outdoor potty training failure. By allowing your puppy to eliminate indoors while also trying to train them to go potty outside, you are sending mixed messages. This confusion can delay the desired habit of holding it until they can go outside.

Plus, your puppy could become dependent on their pee pads. It can be a long process to transfer your dog’s potty habits from indoor pee pads to only outdoors. To learn about the process and get started, check out my article "Training Your Dog to Stop Using Pee Pads."

Chewing and shredding risk: Puppies like to explore the world with their mouths. Placing pee pads on the floor may just be an open invitation for your pup to go into shredding (and swallowing) mode.

 

Pee pads = comfy resting spot! Many puppies make a bed out of their potty pads. Not only does this work against the natural instinct to not potty where they rest (often delaying potty training success), but it also means that they get dirty and smelly from laying down in their own waste.

Tasty snack: Some puppies like to eat their own stool (a habit known as coprophagia) if given the chance. Using potty pads provides them the opportunity to practice this behavior because they are not being supervised as they would be on a leashed potty break. You can also use a poop bag.

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