Potty training your puppy is an essential first step for any new dog owner. And, while outdoor training is vital, you also need to take steps to train them not to use the potty all around your home. Wee wee pads can help with training, and can also provide your dog with a place to go when they must be left alone for longer periods. However, you need to make sure that you’re buying high-quality pads, or you could find that you have less protection from messes than you thought. What should you look for in a quality pad?
One of the most important considerations when buying wee wee pads is to check the backing on the pads you’re purchasing. The backing should be moisture-proof, or you may find that urine and other messes have leaked through the back and onto your floor. The backing does not have to be very thick, but it does need to be moisture proof.
The Pad Material
The absorbent material of the pad is also an important consideration. It must be absorbent enough to handle even larger puddles of urine and other waste materials, and it should hold that material well. The right wee wee pads will be absorbent enough to handle more than one urination. Think of this material like a paper towel. A high quality paper towel can absorb a great deal of liquid without letting it leak out. A low-quality towel can absorb only a little, and it generally spreads through the fibers of the towel very quickly. Look for wee wee pads that will lock in your pet’s waste so that it does not pool and then spill while you clean up.
As a final note, check the packaging of the pads. New dog owners will need to keep a lot of wee wee pads on hand so that they can be changed frequently without worrying about running out. This means that you need a place to store bulk puppy pads. The packaging of the pads should be conducive to easy storage – look for pads that are shipped in tight plastic packaging, rather than in cardboard to help you save some space.
There you have them – important characteristics of high quality puppy pads, as well as a few tips to ensure that you’re able to make an informed choice.