Pee Pads for Dogs FAQ (13 Questions Answered)

Training your dog to use a pee pad can save you time and save your carpets from that dreaded pee smell.

Dogs peeing inside the home is a bugbear for most dog owners at some point, from puppy potty training to adult toileting regression.

However, there are situations when dogs have no choice but to pee inside, and investing in a pee pad can really help keep the mess to a minimum and ensure your home stays hygienic and clean.

Do Pee Pads Work For Dogs?

Pee pads are ideal for puppies’ pee training, and for older dogs that may be too ill to go outside to the toilet. 

They are most commonly used for puppies, so If you want to start toilet training your puppy early, these pads are a huge help.

Instead of taking your puppy out regularly at certain times of the day, you can place these pads in any part of the house you want and make your dog toilet there.

How Do I Get My Dog To Pee On The Pad?

  • Step 1: The most basic thing you need to do first is to keep track of when your dog will poop or pee after the meals and drinks. Puppies tend to go to the toilet more than adult dogs. 
  • Step 2: Take your puppy on the pee pad either on a short leash or you can carry them. Once they go on the pad, even just a little bit, then give them a treat and lots of fuss. You may have to place several pads at first to make the spot as large as possible.
  • Step 3: If your dog misses, but the pad is close, continue to guide him more towards the pad.  If your dog goes in completely the wrong place, do not be overly aggressive or upset with your dog, but be firm and say ‘no’.
  • Step 4: If your dog is insisting on peeing on one or two places that are not where you want the pee pad to be, place the pee pad on their preferred toileting spot to start. 

Eventually, your dog will get used to going on the pad, then you slowly move the pad further towards the desired location.

How Many Times Should A Dog Pee On A Pee Pad?

Your dogs’ daily toilet needs are usually first thing in the morning, in the afternoon, and at night before bed.

Pee pads are for 2 or 3 uses under normal conditions. More than these numbers will cause bad odor to overwhelm your house and your pet will have a toilet area that is far from hygienic.

Can You Train A Dog To Use Pee Pads And Go Outside?

Dogs can learn to pee inside and outside using pee pads.

It is more difficult to do if your dog is used to a certain routine, so it is best to get them used to using the pee pads and the backyard from a young age.

In this situation your dog will prefer to go outside than use the pad, but if you are not home they will likely go on the pad.

Are Pee Pads A Bad Idea?

Pee pads are not a bad idea at all, but they aren’t without disadvantages

Living hygienically and cleanly is one of our most basic rules for both dogs and humans, so the only drawback to pee pads is that you have to replace pee pads daily and the cost can add up or you will have to wash them frequently and separately from normal washes, which is time consuming.

How Long Can A Dog Hold Its Pee?

Adult dogs can hold their pee for an average of 10 to 12 hours, but this is at their limit and usually through the night while they are asleep. But it is normally necessary to take an adult dog outside at least 3 times a day. It also depends on how much they drink.

As previously mentioned, peeing is more frequent in puppies. 

What Is The Hardest Dog To Potty Train?

Terriers are one of the most insistent breeds in toilet training. In addition, Jack Russells are one of the most stubborn dog breeds that have difficulty in toilet training.

However, they are smart dogs and are not impossible to toilet train. You just need to be consistent and reward them well for good toileting behavior.

Can You Teach An Older Dog To Use A Pee Pad?

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but you can teach them to use pee pads if you are consistent and patient.

Learning difficulties in older dogs is a natural part of aging, but experts believe that older dogs can learn anything with persistent training.

What Do You Put Under Pee Pads?

You can use a Silicone-based Training Pad Holder to prevent the pad from moving and pee from getting under the pad and ruining your carpets. 

Apart from this, other silicone-based materials or rigid cardboard consisting of several layers may also work for you.

Why Does My Dog Pee After A Bath?

The chemicals in the shampoos you use while bathing your puppy can cause your dog to go to the toilet after the bath.

Another reason for this may be that your dog is relaxing after a bath. A warm bath may encourage your dog to ‘let go’ and relax it’s urinary muscles causing them to need to pee.

Why Does My Dog Pee As Soon As He Drinks Water?

If your dog urinates as soon as he drinks water, this may be a sign of illness or disease. Kidney failure and diabetes in dogs can present as a frequent need to urinate.

In addition, dogs that lose a lot of water will still consume a lot of water and may be suffering other medical defects. You should consult your veterinarian to make sure your dog is healthy.

How Long Should You Use Puppy Pads?

You can use pee pads as long as you like. Just be aware that as your dog grows you will likely need bigger and thicker pads.

For some breeds, this period may be shorter and in some breeds, it may be longer, but the use of a pee pad by an average dog takes 6 -12 months.

Should I Put A Puppy Pad In The Crate At Night?

Putting a pee pad in your puppy’s crate is not recommended for hygiene reasons. Instead, you can leave the crate’s door open and lay the pee pad in a nearby area. In this way, your puppy can easily go to the toilet at night.