Treatment Type: Lifestyle Products
Rated for: Boxer
San Clemente, California, United States
Posted Jan. 7, 2019
Pee training pads can ruin potty training and should not be used unless absolutely necessary. Do not use unless you cannot be home to take your dog out or you plan on using the pads forever because of your living arrangement.
Pee training pads are too close to carpet in material. Many dogs will learn that it is ok to pee on the pads and assume that peeing on other soft things in the house must be ok too. It is better for the dog to only be rewarded and given opportunity to pee outdoors.
I only suggest their use if the owner will be away from the dog for over four hours on a regular bases or if the dog is young. Then, it is cruel to expect the dog to hold their bladder. In that case, use the pads. Just know, potty training might be difficult. It might be better to save the headache and hire a dog walker to take your dog out in the middle of the day.
I have never used these consistently with my dogs, however, we did use puppy pads after my old boxer became incontinent. We placed them all over the floor in his room. They were treated with an ammonia smell to encourage dogs to pee on them. My dog did not like them and pushed them under items in his room.
I assume he was afraid of punishment for there being pee in the house. (This is an important reason why it is unwise to correct a pet for finding pee in the house. Catch them peeing or just clean it up. Otherwise, they just think you yell at them when they see the pee. The dog will learn to pee in more hidden places.)
Avoid puppy pads. They only hurt potty training. If you must use them, make it brief and be more understanding of your pet making mistakes.