Dangers of Puppy Pee Pads

Friday, March 6, 2020 15:10:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

In theory, puppy pee pads are an amazing idea. These pee pads are usually placed on the floor in the living space, and your dog pees on it instead of peeing on your floor or rug. This sounds simple and straightforward, but it has numerous downfalls. Some dog owners tend to complain that their puppy will only pee on the pad once and then start peeing on the floor. Or sometimes, they will move their pet outside, and it won't pee until it is brought back to the house. If you are going through such experiences, then keep in mind that you aren't alone. Typically puppy pee pads teach your dog to pee on soft, fabric-like surfaces and that could be why your dog won't pee is you take them outside. Using a puppy pee pad is like training your pet and encouraging it to pee on surfaces commonly found indoors, and it is going to take some time and effort to reverse that mentality. However, the good news is that as long as you have the right attitude, patience, and determination you can reverse that habit. 

She May Start Peeing on Other Things in the House 
Training your dog on a pad is a little bit difficult since it is like teaching your pet to pee on any other flat surface in the house. Once the pet is used to peeing on the pad, it will be prone to pee on any other similar thing in your house such as doormats, blankets, rugs, and bath mats. Instead of going for the puppy pee pads, consider purchasing Bark Potty which is made of real bark. It smells and feels like the outdoors. Bark Potty will not confuse your dog because it is bringing the outdoors, indoors! Pee pads are confusing to say the least. 

Learn to look at them from your dog's point of view, and you will understand what we are talking about. 


Pee Pads Are Bad for the Environment 

When it comes to potty training, consider acquiring training pads that are friendly to the environment. A significant number of potty pads that are available today are manufactured from synthetic materials that have the potential to pollute our environment. These materials are also known to produce several harmful CFC's to the atmosphere during the production process. However, the effects of the potty pads to the environment go beyond the manufacturing process. The various chemicals that you will require to clean the potty pads after your dog pees on them also pose a significant health risk to you, your family members and your pet. Apart from being eco-friendly and biodegradable, Bark Potty is also natural which makes it safe for the environment! 


It’s Never That Easy 

If you are a novice, you may be thinking that getting your pet dog to pee on the pee pads is easy, but you may be mistaken. Most pee pad phases are short-lived, and in fact, most dogs never get used to them. Don't be surprised to find your dog tearing them apart instead of peeing on them. And to make things worse, they can be pretty expensive. 


You Can Spend the Entire Day Cleaning Them 

There are no shortcuts when it comes to maintaining your pee pads. The synthetic material is difficult to clean, and you may spend your entire day trying to get them clean. The dirt particles that stick on the pads result in an unhealthy situation for you and your dog. Since the pads can only hold so much liquid, you will need to replace them at least twice every day. At times, your dog’s urine may spill to the side meaning that you will also be required to clean the urine that spills on to the floor. This means that in addition to replacing the pads at least twice each day, you may also have to clean your floor to prevent odors in your living space. 


Alternative Options to Pee Pads 

Why should you struggle with puppy pee pads when there are other alternatives? One of the best alternatives to potty pads is Bark Potty. Dogs can quickly transfer from peeing on the bark in the house to the bark or mulch outside. Furthermore, the Bark Potty isn’t as demanding as pee pads when it comes to cleaning and maintaining it. 

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