Pads Right for You?!
Are puppy training pads right for you?
Here are some questions you should ask yourself before you decide if using our pre-owned dog pee pads can be used to train your puppy, for the long term, is the best decision.
- Do you have a large or small dog?
- Does the weather make it difficult to let your dog go potty outside?
- Do you live in an apartment?
- Do you have a backyard?
- Is your grass resistant to the effects of dog urine?
- Are you willing to hunt for dog poop outside?
Is your dog going to grow up to be small, medium, or large? Your dog's size is important to think about in terms of deciding whether to use potty pads long term, short term, or even at all. It is suggested that puppies remain inside until they are completely vaccinated, so you might want to use pads until your puppy is properly vaccinated.
Of course, some parents of small breeds like Yorkies or Shih-Tzus and toy breeds similar to those use puppy pee pads indoors in the long term. This is because it is more convenient and small dogs make small messes, so clean up is a breed. Also, small dogs have small bladders, so pads are a convenient way to have a spot always available to go to. Medium-sized dogs, like beagles or boston terriers, also do well with pads.
It might be difficult to train large dogs to go on pads. However, large senior dogs might benefit from having a place close by to go to, especially if they have incontinence issues.
If you live in a place that snows or rains a lot, or if you live in an apartment or don't have a backyard, doing puppy pad training might be an excellent choice! Some dogs hate going out in the rain, and you might hate cleaning the mess they could track back in. Also, taking your dog outside multiple times a day when you live on the tenth floor of an apartment building might be too time consuming for you, not to mention cleaning up if your dog goes a little early on the elevator on the way down!
If you have a lawn, you might not be happy to learn that your dog's urine could harm it! Dog pee has high concentrations of nitrogen; unfortunately, that means that where your dog goes could turn the grass yellow. In order to counteract this, you'll need to neutralize the urine by spraying the spot with your garden hose. That might not be viable, since that means you'll have to be outside with your dog every time they need to go.
Dog poo is a different story because you'll need to pick it up manually. Hunting for dog poop is not a fun way to spend your time, especially when your foot discovers it before your eyes!
Puppy potty pads solve both of these problems. The pads are easily washable, and your dog can have a designated area where they go. There's no need to neutralize nitrogen, hunt for any goodies, or wash off dirty shoes!