What feature to look out for in a training pad
What are Puppy Training Pads - Training pads 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. Dog pee pads also known as potty pads, wee-wee pads, piddle pads, or dog training pads are either square or rectangular layers of absorbent material meant be a life saver to any pet parent for multiple reasons, but especially for their ability to soak up any sort of puppy mess! Potty training is a fundamental step in care for you, your puppy, and the home you share. Puppy pee pads are a popular approach.
How to choose the right kind of Puppy Pad-It is best to choose disposable training pads as compared to washable ones to maintain hygienic standards for the pup and the owner. More eco-friendly options are available, if sustainability is a priority for you. You can now find pads that are biodegradable, made from recyclable materials, Mostly training pads are either rectangle or square shaped, available usually in medium and large sizes. If you have a choosing a training pad for an adult dog who is immobile due to surgery or illness then go for a large size heavy duty pee pad. If the pad is not layered enough, it will leak and will lead to additional mess when you attempt to dispose of the pad. Look for puppy pads that offer the highest possible absorbency. That doesn't mean the pads need to be super thick – modern materials can be very absorbent without being bulky. For young learners regular 5 layer absorbent sheet is good enough to soak the urine and keep it dry. When choosing the pee pad keep in mind to choose the odourless pee pads so that pet area doesn’t smell of urine for long hours. One of the most common problems with low-quality puppy pads is that they snag on your dog's nails, and can then be drug around the home causing additional messes. A high-quality puppy pad will feature advanced construction methods to ensure that while the pad is highly absorbent, it does not snag on nails or paw pads.
How to Introduce Pee Pads to pups- For very young pups, every time you anticipate they are about to pee, lift them gently and place them on the training pad. For pups that are on leash, make them walk around the pee pad for few pads and keep a command word of your choice (pee, piddle etc.) and encourage them to relieve themselves in the given area.
Be consistent- Like human babies, dogs also need consistent schedules. If you can do the house training at the same time and make it into a routine for your pup. It can be very effective. Try to reward your pup every time they soil the pee pad. Stick to schedule that allows pup to go the training pad 15 minute after every meal, once in the morning as soon as the pup wakes up after playtime, or a snooze.
Problems and proofing behaviour - Always discourage the pup from licking or chewing the training pad. Never let the pup eat food on it, or play on it. This may confuse your puppy as to what the purpose of the training pad is.
Do not move the potty pad around until your puppy knows what it is for and is going on it consistently. House training needs a lot of patience and the pet parents should not lose their patience in case of an accident. Try to communicate to the pet that training pad is for them to relieve themselves without fear.
Consider putting your puppy in a crate or exercise pen to nap, which may encourage it to whine if it has to potty since dogs don't like to mess where they also sleep.
While a few pee trips can be absorbed on the training pad, the pad needs to be immediately disposed in case of defecation. Never keep a soiled pad for too long as it breeds bacteria.