Training a pet to eliminate in the right place – at the right time – can be a hurdle for many pet owners. It’s not always easy, and it never happens overnight. But when it finally clicks, it’s an amazing relief for pets and owners alike. Pet pee pads can definitely help the process of house training, but they can also present certain snags to long term success.

Setting Goals

Housetraining a puppy or teaching a newly adopted grown pet is not something that can be done without time, patience, and consistent positive reinforcement.

Every pet is different and each has their own special preferences. Learning what they like goes a long way toward potty training success. Plus, this is an opportunity for pet owners to gain insight into what motivates their new best friends.

The Art of Convenience

Pet pee pads are 100% convenient when housetraining. When used as an aid, pet pee pads can help an animal learn where it’s appropriate to go. When you see a mess, all you have to do is pick up the pad and toss it. But laying down a replacement pad reinforces the cycle. A pet ends up depending on the pad to be there if/when they need to go to the bathroom. 

Pet Pee Pad Pros

When a pet is sick, recovering from surgery, or dealing with age-related mobility issues, pet pee pads are essential components to your daily routine. Likewise, when the weather precludes regular visits to the backyard, laying down a pad or two can help them get through. Apartment dwellers may also find that pet pee pads save them from 2 a.m. potty breaks.

All or Nothing?

Pet pee pads can be used in tandem with routine potty breaks, or as a contingency plan when you’re not available to let them outside when they have to go. However, when depended on exclusively for all daily bathroom needs, pet pee pads can establish an unsustainable pattern.

The Disadvantages

Sure, some pets accept pee pads without much or any resistance. Others might have to be trained to use the pads. If relied on for too long, some pets may not want to eliminate elsewhere. If there is an outdoor space available, it’s typically recommended to train them to use that first. Then, indoor pads can be used only as an alternative.

Also, pet pee pads can create more waste, as many products are single-use. Luckily, there are eco-friendly, biodegradable or even washable, reusable options available.

Prevent Accidents

Soiling inside the house is bound to happen. Pet pee pads definitely reduce damage to rugs, flooring or furniture. When used as a training aid, they can be highly effective. With positive reinforcement, rewards, patience and encouragement, you and your pet can share a happy, mess-free home.

Let Us Know

If our veterinarians can help you with questions or concerns regarding house training and the use of pet pee pads, please let us know. We’re always here for you at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital.