#puppy #dog #dogs — I was asked by a reader whether pee pads might be better than using dog litter for puppy housetraining. My response was that she can most certainly use dog pee pads as an intermediate step between newspapers and dog litter. However, they really are not necessary in successful training for puppies.
Small dogs especially, do not soil a lot of dog litter when they urinate. My two lhasa apsos are a good example. So the net result is that I only have to remove and replace a small amount of the dog litter that is in the litter box each day. In contrast, dog pee pads may have to be replaced more often and the entire pad must be replaced.
Dog Pee Pads Costly For Housetraining
More frequent replacement of entire dog pee pads become costly. The product themselves are also relatively costly over time as well so it’s a double whammy in price.
In the housetraining of all of the dogs I’ve ever raised, we never utilized dog pee pads (they were not actually out in the market when I had my first two lhasa apso dogs). We went straight from newspapers to dog litter like Purina’s Second Nature product.
So it’s really up to you if you want to use dog pee pads or not. In my honest opinion along with successful experience with my own dogs who are totally housetrained indoors, the pee pads are not required at all. This is true regardless of the breed of dog.
Follow Good Dog Housetraining Progression
Just make sure that you follow a sound housetraining progression whether you choose to use an indoor dog litterbox or have your puppy go outside for elimination. If it’s the indoor dog litterbox way you are interested in, an effective training progression is outlined step by step in my book, ‘Potty Train Your Puppy With A Litter Box- Convenient House Training Indoors For Dogs‘.