Are Puppy Potty Pads A good Idea?


Puppy potty pads – good or bad? When to use them?

I am not a fan of puppy pads or fake lawn for dogs. At all.

This post is about some potential problems with puppy pads and some possible alternatives.

I realize tons of pet dog owners do use puppy pads already. The final part of this post includes examples of why people use them, regardless of what I think. We can’t all be the same, for crying out loud.

Problems with puppy potty pads and why puppy pads are a bad idea

1. Puppy pads create housebreaking problems.Puppy pads can create a few problems.

The goal of potty training a puppy is to get the puppy to go potty outside. Some people make the mistake of using puppy potty pads temporarily, as part of the “potty training.” Their goal is to transition the puppy from going potty indoors on the pads to going potty outside.

This is similar to putting down newspapers for the puppy to pee on. While this can work, it creates an unnecessary step and potential confusion for the puppy. Why not just train the puppy to go potty outside ideal from the start?

2. Dogs don’t always pee ideal on the pads.

One of the problems with puppy potty pads is that often the puppies miss the pads. often they go potty next to the pad. often some of the pee makes it onto the pad and some doesn’t. Some puppies eventually start lifting their legs, and as a result missing the pad.

Some puppies eventually do the “squat and walk” while they pee as a form of marking (mostly females). Some dogs will walk as they poop (right, Ace?). Some dogs will kick their back legs after eliminating. Some dogs will begin to pee on rugs, pillows towels or anything that resembles the pee pad.

If your pet dog doesn’t do these things, then you’re in luck!

3. You have to train the pet dog to use the pee pads.

Some pet dog owners think their dogs will automatically know how to use the potty pads or pet dog lawn pads. This is not true. You have to train the puppy to go potty on the pad, just as you would train the puppy to go potty outside.

4. Potty pads encourage the pet dog owner to be gone for too long.

I know how tempting it would be to stay out later or to work longer if I knew I didn’t have to come home to let my pet dog out. Ace stays home for a maximum of about six hours during the day (usually just 1 or 2, he’s spoiled).

With the pee pads, I’m sure some owners stay away for 10+ hours when they wouldn’t have to. While I think people who work long hours can still supply good homes for dogs, I think the pee pads make it too easy to stay away. Do you agree?

5. pet dog pee pads make it too easy to skip walking the dog.

While certain products or services are very convenient, they do tend to make us lazy. As an example, often I use a gentle Leader collar to walk my dog. This makes walking him much easier, which makes me less likely to work on his loose-leash walking skills. I can “check out” a bit, which is nice. Does this make me lazy at times? You bet it does!

So, while I can see how these potty pads are convenient, I do know that a lot of people are going to be less likely to get out and walk their dogs if they frequently use these products. Not every pet dog owner, but quite a few. That’s human nature.

What are some alternatives to puppy potty pads?

Using a kennel to potty train your dog
Keeping your pet dog on a regular feeding and walking schedule
Coming home during your lunchbreak to let you pet dog out
Hiring a pet dog walker (a professional or a trusted friend)
Taking the pet dog to daycare
Installing a doggy door to the yard
Installing an indoor/outdoor kennel to the garage

When to use puppy pee pads or fake lawn pee pads

I do not recommend puppy potty pads, but some pet dog owners insist on using them. here are some examples of when you might consider puppy potty pads.

1. When potty training a puppy in a multi-level apartment.

If you have an eight-week-old puppy and you live on the 12th floor of an apartment, I can understand why potty training would be difficult. The puppy pads could help, but the goal must be to wean the puppy off those pads as soon as possible.

2. When you work long hours and can’t afford a pet dog walker.

Some pet dog owners work 14-hour shifts, and the puppy pee pads might be the best option. Hiring a pet dog walker is out of the question for some people due to cost or the dog’s aggression or whatever it might be. pet dog daycare is also expensive and often breed selective.

3. When your senior pet dog or sick pet dog is having trouble holding it.

I fostered an elderly, 80-pound lab named Dora who had to be carried down the stairs. This was awkward for me and uncomfortablefor her. She would try to avoid being lifted and would yelp in pain.

Luckily, I live on a ground floor and there are no stairs to get in or out. but what would I have done if I’d lived on a second floor apartment? I probably would’ve found her a different foster home, but I can’t expect pet dog owners to give up their elderly dogs for this reason. It’s also not possible for every one of them to step to a different unit because of their dogs. So what is best? probably some sort of set up with the pet dog pee pads or indoor grass.

The reverse could also be true. maybe the human is the one who is sick or injured and just can’t take the pet dog out as typically as needed. indoor potty pads might be the best option.

4. When it’s too hazardous to walk your pet dog after dark.

This is a reality for some people. They just can’t be outside safely after dark. If that is the case, then pee pads or indoor lawn for dogs to pee on might be the best option.

Now I want to hear from you. What are your thoughts on puppy potty pads or fake indoor lawn for dogs?

Good? Bad? Love’m? Hate’m? They’re here to stay, I think.

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