How Often Should I Change My Dog Training Pads

by alexandra

dog training padsDog owners know, nothing makes a household warmer than the unconditional love of our furbabies. In the early days of the pet’s arrival, everyone in the house showers the dog with attention and care. During this time, walks and outdoor play time are abundant. But, over time, as their presence becomes the new normal, we tend to get back to our lives and are unable to spend 100% of our time with our pets.

With work, school and activity schedules, families can be away from the home for extended periods of time. Many families are fortunate enough to have a fenced in yard and can install a doggy door that allows the pet to use the outdoor facilities at their discretion. For many of us though, this setup is not practical or possible.

Luckily, clever humans have gifted modern society with dog training pads. These simple devices are small pads that are liquid-absorbent on the top side, and waterproof on the bottom side. Your pet is free to urinate on them and the pad temporarily traps the liquid for easy cleanup and protects your flooring beneath them.

In many households, dog training pads are the norm long after the puppy is house broken.


Dog Training Pads For Puppies

Dog training pads can be immensely helpful in the early days of house training. For highrise dwellers and residents of extremely low temperatures, regular walks may not be as convenient, yet consistency and frequency are key in house training a dog.  

Placing a dog training pad in the same place and repeatedly taking your dog to it when they exhibit the need to do their business typically creates a quick habit for your puppy. Adding in a treat and positive praise when they are successful will demonstrate that this is your expectation when they need to go next time.

In the early days of training your dog to use the training pads, it is actually good to leave out a pad that has been urinated on for a second or third use. If the dogs smell their urine somewhere, it means instinctively it’s okay to go there and that will reinforce the habit. Additionally, puppies tend to go more often and release smaller amounts, so changing the pad every time can be an exhausting endeavor.


Dog Training Pads For Adult Dogs

As we mentioned earlier, the modern family can often be away from the home for extended periods of time. Your furry family member is left behind to nap, daydream and focus on chew toys for hours or even all day and it’s likely they are going to need to go one or more times while you are away. Dog training pads are a great solution to keeping your pet happy and healthy without ruining your new carpets or wooden floors.

So how often do you need to change your dog’s training pads?

For larger dogs who are well trained, they will likely only use the pads when they absolutely have to go. Therefore, one use will most likely drench the pad, and it will be time to introduce a fresh one. For smaller dogs who only leave behind an ounce or two each time, you can leave a pad out all day or sometimes even multiple days. Unless you have small children in the home, there is no danger in leaving a used pad out, but it can become unpleasant if the odor builds up.

Your home will be a more pleasant environment if you do dispose of used pads quickly and thoroughly. Consider the Training Champ odor-free dog training pad disposal system to more conveniently dispose of the used pads. It’s simple to use and the 7-gallon capacity canister makes the disposal of your dog’s training pads convenient and odor-free, sealing the odor inside the innovative canister!

However often you decide to change your dog training pads, make sure to give your furry family members an easy option to relieve themselves when you must leave them alone for extended periods.