When I brought home my new beagle puppy last year, I knew I had to buy a dog pee pad to help house-break him and keep my furniture and rugs clean! I headed over to Amazon and browsed the options of products for hours, having trouble deciding on a type of dog pad. I ended up buying three separate types to test out – I wanted to make sure I got the most bang for my buck! Below are my reviews of three types of pee pads: washable, scented, and non-scented. Each has their merits, pros, and cons. Keep reading to see which type fits your needs best!
|AmazonBasics||Hartz||Rocket & Rex|
|22” x 22”||21” x 21”||30” x 36”|
Features of a Good Pee Pad
By far the most important feature of a dog pee pad is its ability to absorb and retain fluids to protect your floors and rugs to keep them dry! Different types of dog pee pads have different types of leak-proof technology. It can be as simple as a plastic lining to something more complicated like waterproof polyethylene; regardless, make sure whatever dog pee pad you buy guarantees leak-proof technology to prevent damage to your floors.
Another important characteristic of a worthy dog pee pad is multi-usage, meaning its ability to be used more than once. Washable pads were made for this purpose, and not only can you use these types of pads more than once, you can use them in all sorts of ways! If you prefer disposable pads, make sure the brand specifies several layers of construction in the pad to allow your dog multiple uses per sheet.
While not every dog pee pad will include this feature, I think it’s absolutely necessary for house-breaking in new puppies and pets. Finding pee beds with built-in attractants helps direct your puppies to the pad and show them where they should be urinating. The built-in attractants range depending on the pee pad: some are given a fresh grass scent, treated with ammonia, or doused in pheromones.
Amazon Basics: Non-scented
I tested the classic non-scented, disposable dog pee pads from Amazon Basics first. These pads measure 22 by 22 inches, with a 1.5-inch plastic border on all sides aimed to prevent overflow. The super-absorbent core turns liquid to gel upon contact, and each pad comes with 5 layers to ensure leak-proof performance. While un-scented, the pad offers a built-in attractant to draw your puppy to the pad. One set of this product comes with 100 pads, and each pad can be used multiple times before disposal.
While these are not the thickest pads on the market, I found that the pads still do a great job of absorbing urine and do not leak! The texture of the pad is more like holding a cloth quilted pad rather than a disposable pad and feels thick and cushiony. When liquid hits the pad, it spreads down into the bottom layers of the pad rather than the top, leaving the surface dryer and cleaner than other types of pads. My beagle loves this feature!
Overall, this is a quality pad at an affordable price. The 5-layer absorption technology really works, preventing overspill onto my floor and damage to surfaces. These pads are also pretty large, giving dogs plenty of room to find a comfortable spot to do their business.
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The most inexpensive set of high-quality pee pads I tested was the brand Hartz and their Lavender Scent Odor Eliminating Gel Dog Pads. These pads measure 21 by 21 inches and include 6 layers of construction with Flash-Dry technology that creates a small urine spot each time your dog pees. Flash-Dry technology instantly turns liquid to gel, allowing for multiple uses per pad, locking in moisture to prevent leaks and odors.
The odor control component of the pad comes from the lavender scent, which claims to neutralize odors rather than masking them. The lavender smell is fresh, but it doesn’t really mask the smell of urine like the advertising claims. I smelled the lavender more when I was flapping the pad open all the way before laying it down, rather than when my dog peed on the pad.
Regardless, this pad is great! The gel technology prevents liquid from leaking through to the bottom layer of the pad, even visibly stopping the urine from leaking out over the sides. These pads are thinner than Amazonbasics, and any liquids sitting close to the edge was stepped in by my puppy. Overall, the lavender scent gives these pads a nice touch and the leak-proof technology proved to work!
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Rocket & Rex: Washable
This washable pee pad intrigued me mainly because of its environmentally friendly component. Whereas disposable pads have to be thrown out after a couple times of use, washable pee pads such as these are reusable! I felt good about using these pads and not contributing to more waste and trash in this world.
Because the pad is made from cloth, it absorbs and retains fluids and odors better than other pads on the market. The waterproof backing prevents spillage on floors and rugs, with the top and middle layers providing absorption and odor control. These pads are 30 by 36 inches, the largest of the three pads I tested, giving my pup plenty of room to find a good spot to relieve himself.
The pad has been tested for up to 300 uses, so I ended up saving more money with this than with the disposable pads! These are thicker and much sturdier than the disposable pads, and after washing them they ceased to smell like pee. I’ve found these pads to be super absorbent, fast drying, easy to clean, and difficult to destroy.
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How to train your puppy
Now that you have a pee pad, you’ll want to know how to effectively use it to train your puppy! The most important component of house training is ensuring your puppy does not have any unsupervised time outside of their crate, as this gives them an opportunity to sneak off and have an accident.
The pee pad needs to be placed in an area accessible to your puppy, and in the same place as your puppy is learning. When bringing your puppy to the pad, use a word or phrase such as “go potty,” “pee-pee,” or “get busy,” while they are relieving themselves. This is how you can train your puppy to urinate/defecate on command and signify to them when you want them to do so.
It’s essential to reward your puppy immediately after they are finished relieving themselves. Leaving a bag of treats near the pee pad is helpful as a reminder to you and your pup! If your puppy has an accident in the house, don’t punish them. It is your responsibility to watch your puppy and make sure they are not sneaking off. If you catch your puppy in the middle of peeing, make a noise to startle them, then immediately bring them to the pee pad so they can finish their business. And never forget to reward them for being a good boy!
If you bring your puppy to the pee pad because you know they need to relieve themselves, yet they refrain from doing so – wait 5 minutes, and if they still don’t go, put them back in their cage for 10-15 minutes and then back out to the pee pad.
So which pad should you get?
After testing all three pads and comparing each of their merits, I’ve decided to continue using Rocket & Rex’s washable pee pads. Not only do I save money by having a reusable dog pad, the pads are more environmentally friendly than disposables since I don’t have to throw it out after every few uses. I don’t have to deal with the mess of cleaning up disposables throughout the day, or the odor, as the 4 absorbent layers really helps mask the smell of pee throughout my house.
I’ve not only used this pad at home to protect my furniture and rugs but also while traveling in the car! My pup can relieve himself on long car rides, which is super convenient, and the car doesn’t smell like pee afterward!
If you’re considering buying a dog pee pad to train your dog, I would highly recommend Rocket & Rex’s washable pee pads. I’ve had a great experience with them, my pups have a great experience with them, and I know you will too!
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