Few things are more joyful than bringing a new puppy home. Puppies are playful, cute, and often funny. However, it takes a lot of training to turn a rowdy young dog into a polite family member. House training is almost always the first training step if you want to keep your home clean and puddle free. Ideally, you take your dog outside many times a day until they form the habit of letting you know when they need a potty break. But, if you do not have the time or place for outdoor training, puppy pads that can be used indoors are a good alternative. Manufacturers make washable and disposable versions and each has its pros and cons. The three most important things to consider when choosing an option are convenience, price, and effectiveness.
- Which Works Best for Your Needs?
Both disposable and washable pads can help you train your puppy as long as you have the patience to follow directions and use positive training methods. Disposable pads work much the same way as products designed for people with incontinence. They are made with several layers of paper that absorb moisture. Pads are thrown out after each use. Many puppies and even some older dogs will chew them. In contrast, washable puppy training pads are crafted from durable fabric and can be reused until they wear out. Both styles are sold in a range of sizes to fit various breeds. Disposable products look much like flat diapers. Washable products are made in neutral colors that tend to blend in with the furniture. Some owners choose washable pads so they can avoid explaining the white pads on their floor.
- How Important Is Convenience?
It takes a lot of patience and care to house train a puppy, so your schedule and tolerance for inconvenience could play a part in determining whether to use washable or disposable pads. Washing re-usable pads take time and work, while disposable pads can just be tossed. However, the length of your workdays could create a problem when using disposable pads. According to the American Kennel Club, the amount of time a puppy can hold his bladder equals his age in months and one hour. A 2-month-old pup will use his pad about every two hours, which could result in a shredded disposable pad and damp floor by the end of the day. A quality washable pad that is the right size for the pup would prevent both problems.
- Which is Most Budget-Friendly?
There is a fairly big cost difference between disposable and washable pads, so your budget may also be a deciding factor. Disposable pads are less expensive per unit but you easily go through dozens in a short time. The Animal Humane Society recommends taking a puppy to a pad every 2-3 hours and after they wake up, play, or eat. If you put a pad in their carrier when traveling, you will use even more. In contrast, washable pads can be reused hundreds of times, which is a considerable cost saving.
Both disposable and washable puppy pads can help you house train your new pup if you cannot take them outside on a regular basis. Disposable pads can be more convenient but they cost more to use and pups like to chew them. Washable pads are more attractive, less expensive, and less likely to be damaged by puppies.