“ Manufacturer: Bob Martin / Type: Dog Training „
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On the 1st July 2012 my little puppy, Jess, arrived in the world, Jess was a small ball of tan fur. I patiently waited 8 weeks for the day I could bring her home. I scoured the internet for toilet training advice and asked the breeder how she would suggest training Jess. The breeder suggested I get some puppy training pads and place a few around the house and encourage Jess to go to the toilet on them.
Puppy training pads are absorbent floor protection pads that have a scent on them that is supposed to encourage your puppy to toilet on them.
I picked these Bob Martin Puppy House Training Pads up while doing my shopping in Morrisons, at the time they were on offer at £3 for a pack of 14.They can currently be purchased in Tesco for £7.19 for a pack of 21.
The pads come packaged in plastic with a picture of a cute looking Jack Russell on the front, the puppy pads claim to be highly absorbent, ultra thin, have a rip resistant top sheet, and a leak proof bottom sheet.
The packaging was simple to open; I just tore a hole in the bag. I slid a puppy pad out and unfolded it; the puppy pads are approximately 2ft square and true to the packaging claims are very very thin. The top is made of what looks like the soft lining of a nappy and the back is lined with rather thin feeling blue plastic. The puppy pads are not absorbent all the way to the edge as where the plastic bottom meets the rip proof top there is a 2 inch border without any absorbent material in it. I gave the pads a sniff to see if I could smell what would supposedly attract Jess to toilet on it, I could smell nothing.
I placed a puppy pad in the hall near my back door and immediately decided I was not keen, the puppy pad took up large area of floor space, nearly reaching from one wall of the hall to the other. I picked Jess up and placed her on the puppy pad in the hope that I could familiarise her with it, she gave it a sniff and wobbled off.
Every time Jess toileted in the house I picked her up and placed her on the puppy pad and repeated the word toilet. I ensured that I cleaned every accident up thoroughly so the only place she would associate toileting with would be the puppy pad. After a few days Jess finally toileted on the pad, I was ecstatic and made a very big fuss of Jess. Unfortunately Jess was just as likely to go every where else in the house as well as on the pad. Toileting on the pad seemed a bit accidental.
I also had a major problem with the puppy pads; every time a friend or family member visited me I felt the need to explain what the massive square of white paper in the hall was for, I found them very unsightly even though I cleaned up the puppy poo's and the puppy wee's were absorbed into the pad. Happily the pads locked away any smells, I did replace them daily though as the though of a puppy wee soaked pad sat in my hall was a bit disgusting.
Another problem with the pads was that they did not stay where they were placed, the slightest breeze had it flapping off up the hall way or Jess could drag it off around the house when ever the fancy took her, I tried to solve this by Duct taping it to the tiles in the hall, this made the mat look more unsightly, but Jess had great fun chewing the tape up and ripping at the mat with her teeth and paws till the rip resistant top sheet ripped.
I persevered with the puppy pads for a week, consistently placing Jess on the pad each time she toileted else where in the house, I fussed her every time she happened to go to the toilet on the pads independently, but in the end I resorted to the good old fashioned method of taking her outside once an hour every hour till she started toileting outside, then I made a fuss of her.
Not wanting to waste the pads I used them to line the bottom of her pen, but when they ran out I did not replace the pack. Happily, with perseverance, Jess now toilets mostly outside and has started asking to go out when she is ready.
The idea behind puppy pads is a good one, but for Jess and I we just could not get the hang of them, toileting on the pads seemed to be coincidental. I found the pads to be unsightly and a bit of a nuisance.
Thank you for reading.
I've bein buying these pads for the past year now as my dog Talia isn't house trained yet, even at almost four years old. She's a yellow labrador and has 'mental issues' lol, she's very anxious and often piddles on the floor whenever we leave her at home on her own, and despite the fact that we leave the patio door open she doesn't seem to get the hang of it. All of my other dogs are house trained and go outside for their number 1's and 2's but unfortunetly Talia doesn't and so we've resorted to buying puppy pads for her, as although we have wooden floor, the piddle is a nightmare to clean up and also damages the floor. Luckily she does use the pads and so it is much easier to clean up when I get home after a busy day.
I used to buy the cheapo puppy pads from B&M, which were awful quality and didn't absorb the 'liquid' well, so I set out in search for a new brand which would be of decent quality, and came across these. I decided to buy them mainly due to bein familiar of the 'Bob Martin' name, and they weren't too expensive either at £8.84 for 21 pads. The cheaper pads I bought were £5 for 20, but I was willing to pay that bit extra for better quality pads. I buy mine via the Pet Planet website, as I often shop there for other bits and bobs. They're also available from supermarkets, amazon, ebay and various pet supplier websites.
The pads come folded and stacked up in a thin plastic bag which is identical to Dooyoo's picture above. It's quite eye catching and it's also very informative as it lists the main features of the mats. The bag is easy to rip open and I usually keep the mats in the bag and take one out each day as that way it keeps them in one place. The mats come folded up as I said before so I simply unfold it and put it onto the floor in the spot that Talia usually goes for a wee. One side is a blue colour and quite smooth, and the other is white and has a kind of soft and padded feeling to it. The white side should be the side that the dog wees on as it's the absorbent part.
The mats are slightly scented and the smell reminds me a bit of baby powder, it's not unpleasant to be honest and it's not a smell that makes my anxious dog feel uneasy, and she's used to the smell now and so knows that her mat is out in case she needs the toilet. This is good for younger dogs as it will attract their attention and they will hopefully learn to associate the mat/the scent of the mat with going to the toilet.
The pad doesn't slip around on my wooden floor despite how thin/lightweight it is, and it's a decent size meaning it's hard for Talia to miss it. I've found these pads to absorb the piddle really well, and I have had no issues with the liquid leaking through the bottom onto the floor, as the pads are leak resistant. This means that I can clean the mess up alot quicker and I simply get a plastic bag and put the mat in and immedietly throw it away and then wipe down the area where the mat was with a wet wipe just to ensure it's nice and clean.
These pads make the whole grown dog weeing on the floor scenario a much more pleasant experience as it was horrible when I had to clean the wee straight off the floor and so time consuming. It also masks/absorbs the smell meaning that when I come home I am not greeted with a whiff of urine! With my other dogs when they were puppies I would simply place them onto the mats and they soon learnt what the mats were meant for and it made puppy training easy and mess free. The pads overall are a really practical product which i'd reccomend.
I wrote this review a while ago on my CIAO so I thought I would share it here on DooYoo. A year ago my family and I got a puppy. He was/is adorable! BUT The mess he made was NOT! He wee'd about a million times a day and pooped more than a baby!
My parents had a lot of experience in puppies/dogs, but a friend recommended we used these puppy pads.
These handy sized puppy pads are great for plopping down on the floor and letting the puppy do it's business on them. They don't smell (until the puppy's done its business on them of course) and they are soft. They are about the size of a tea towel but are't as absorbent!
These puppy pads that you pay about 5 pounds for 10 pads, are just like putting some newspaper down on the floor. If you save up on newspapers it's a lot easier than spending about 20 pounds for not many pads when you can spend about a pound for a newspaper with 50 odd sheets in! AND they're biodegradable which some of the puppy pads aren't as they have a plastic lining.
the packaging is just like baby nappies except it is for puppies. It's very easy to spot in the supermarket.
Overall they are good if you don't mind paying 5 pounds per 10 pads.
If you do use these don't assume that the wee/poo won't go on the floor because it does. Make sure you use disinfectant on the floor after the puppies been.
The biggest worry when you first buy a puppy is that they are going to wee everywhere. I know puppies have their accidents but I also didn't want my lounge to start to smell like a men's toilet either!
My Mum recommended me the Bob Martain House Training Puppy Pads after having used them with her dog Oliver when he was a puppy and she told me they had been really successful. She also said she had an unopened pack in the back of the cupboard which I graciously took. My Mum said she paid £6.00 per pack.
I was pleased with the idea my Mum had come up with as I didn't fancy the whole newspaper scenerio as newspaper with wee on makes an awful smell no matter how quickly you clear it up - especially as I would only be using newspaper at nighttime onceour dog was able to go outside after his injections so I wouldn't be able to get up to change the paper as I would be snooooooozing! Plus I didn't want our dog to get used to using training pads too much in case he became confused and thought that doing his business indoors was the right thing when really we wanted him to do it outdoors. The training pads were always left by the backdoors.
The pack is exactly as it looks in the picture DooYoo have up and inside each pack are 14 training pads. The training pads are white in colour and they actually look like the pampers dry night bed mats for when your child is training to stay dry at night as there is an absorbant layer on the top and then a waterproof backing. In fact, if you cannot track down the Bob Martin Training Pads then I would seriously recommend picking up some of the Pampers bed mats as they are more or less the same and have the same idea.
When you get the pads out of the packaging you get a nice whiff of a floral smell especially as you unfold them - I think this is to take away the odour of wees and poos.
I was pleased to see that the training pads really did soak up Ben's wee. The pads really made it much easier to clean up and was a no mess situation. Nothing leaked through and the newspaper I had put underneath the pad (just in case) didn't have a mark on it. I was also pleased that Ben was comfortable enough to do a number two on the mat rather than anywhere else so he recognised that he needed to use the mat for his toilet business.
I only needed to use 2 packs of the training pads before Ben was capable of holding his wee throughout the night. If he does need to go and do his business he usually lets us know by dragging a giant clawed paw down one of our backs and letting out a small whine. When I did need another pack I managed to pick them up for £3.50 in a pet shop.
The pads were definately worth it and much better than using newspaper. I highly recommend them.
One major thing I was concerned about when getting our new puppy was training her not to pee everywhere. Especially when I have a two year old who is being potty trained at the moment the last thing I wanted was to be cleaning up two messes or for my daughter to imitate the new arrival!
I actually saw my aunt use these with her puppy a year ago and I thought they were a great idea. When our other dog was a puppy we needed a continuous supply of newspaper and even when he did go on this it was disgusting to get rid off so I jumped at the chance to buy these for our new puppy.
They cost me 6 euro in Maxi Zoo and they come in a pack of 14 wee pads as we call them. They remind me of nappies as they consist of an absorbant material on top and a plastic waterproof sheeting on the back. This makes it a no mess situation when your dog has gone on these. The urine is soaked up really quickly and I was pleased throwing it out that I didnt have as much of a clean up job to do.
I used it for the first few months at night when my dog couldnt last until the morning but now she can easily stay in throughout the night and wait until the morning to go. It makes it a lot easier than having to clean up off the floor. She did have a tendency to only urinate on it and did her other business on the floor beside the pad. I'm not quite sure why she did this though.
I only needed two packs before my puppy was able to last through the night so it was a good investment. It saved a lot of hassle and messy newspapers too. I never noticed any wetness on the floor while we used these.
I would recommend these to anyone who wants an alternative to using newspaper to train their puppy. They are cheap and work much better.
I think these puppy pads are a fantastic product, but I am in two minds about using them. Before I explain why, allow me to review the product.
Puppy pads are essentially like incontinence sheets. The sort that anyone who has spent some time in hospital is sure to recognise. They are a layer of abosorbable material backed with and sealed into a layer of blue plastic material. On top of this is a rip-resistant layer which locks away the wet material. These have been especially designed for use in training puppies.
They are 57cm square and are sold in packs of 14. They retail for £3.60 a pack. When you take one out of the packet it needs unfolding. It then releases a pleasent floral odour, but unfortunately this does not last.
The idea behind them is that you encourage your puppy to do its business on the pad, thus protecting your carpets. In this respect it works very well. On no occasion have I found that the said 'business' has leaked through to my carpet. It is also very quick and easy to dispose of. We only have a little dog so there is no way she could fill a whole sheet in one sitting. We just fold the corners inwards, pick up the sheet and place it in a bin. So far so good.
There is a school of thought with puppy training that you should never allow them to go indoors and that by using the puppy pads you are encouraging your dog to do it's business indoors, thus confusing the outdoors with the indoors and making training harder for yourselves and the dog.
Since learning this we have stopped using them during the day. At night time, because our puppy is still quite young and cannot be expected to last til morning, we place a puppy pad by the backdoor and she uses this without fail, never going anywhere else.
So there are pros and cons. As a product it clearly works and I can't fault it. If you want to protect your carpets I can recommend it. Whether you should use it, however, it entirely up to you.