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One of the unfortunate things that you need to get used to when you have a new puppy is potty training. I am so used to poo and wee in this house at the moment as I have an 11 month old so things like that don't really bother me but if I can invest in something that will make the puppy process a little bit easier then I will try anything.
If you care at all about your floors at home then these might be the product for you. We have tile floors in our kitchen where Eddie is living at the moment so it is quite easy to clean up any spills but still it's not the most pleasant task and so puppy pads are designed to help with this problem. Basically a puppy pad is just like a big sanitary towel and a really good way to house train your puppy. The pads are specially scented which encourages your puppy to relieve themselves on the pad rather than on the floor. I didn't use these religiously because I wanted to be quite proactive from the start and take Eddie outside when I knew he had the urge or after meals and activity like all the books suggest to go to the toilet, but I did use them from time to time and I did actually witness Eddie use these instead of the floor on a number of occasions. The times when I left him to his own devices and came back later the only mess was on the pad so they do work like they claim. What's great is that as well as having a built in scent that attracts them to the pad there is also odour control which helps prevent the formation of odours by locking away moisture so if you do leave this pad down for a while it will not smell which is great, there's nothing worse than a house that smells like dog poo!!
The pads are really absorbent too. At no time using these did they leak all the way through onto our floor which is great as this kind of defeats the purpose. Apparently they have a quilted layer which locks away the moisture, kind of like a baby's nappy!
The directions on the bag tell you to keep the pad in an area that is always available to your puppy but away from their bed and food. This makes sense to me as puppy's never like to wee where they sleep and have their safe haven. They say that once they are au fait with weeing on this mat inside then you move it outside and hopefully after a few weeks your house training will be complete. I didn't do this stage as I take Eddie out myself and he is 99% house trained but these have been of benefit at certain times and I would suggest them if you don't have an outdoors or want to try a different approach to house training.
The pads measure 21.5" x 22.5" so they are fairly big and I think will work for every breed of puppy.
Puppy Training Pads by Simple Solution
When we first brought our puppy home my mum gave me a few of her left over things from her puppy's younger days (he's now just over one year old). Among the stash was some food, some treats, a couple of toys and these puppy training pads, which I had never previously heard of or seen before.
These puppy pads are essentially like the inside of a nappy, except square shaped and cover a larger surface area. They are absorbent so when your puppy pees on them it gets absorbed quickly and you don't have a puddle sitting around waiting for you to absentmindedly stand in.
House training a puppy is a time consuming job and we have it almost down to a fine art with ours. He is mostly very good and now only has the occasional accident, but he sleeps in a very cosy bed in the kitchen and he still can't make it through the night without needing to pee. These pads are fantastic, we use one a day and now only for the night/morning time pee before I get down stairs to take him out outside.
They are really easy to tidy up as I just fold them up and throw them into the rubbish. Using newspaper doesn't even compare to using these, they really are so much better.
I can imagine that some people might struggle with these if their puppy decides to chew on them as they would easily be shredded. Luckily my little labradoodle hasn't thought to do this and now he's slightly better trained he only really ever chews his own toys, so I don't worry about him attacking and making a mess with these pads.
These are expensive to buy initially, but I have found them to be such a useful tool that I haven't begrudged paying for them. You can buy these pads in packs of 100 for £29.99 (from Pet's At Home) which works out to be practically nothing a day.
I really like these pads and I think they are very useful to anyone with a puppy, I think that these are well worth five out of five stars.
When our dog arrived as a puppy we thought we'd try and be as prepared as possible when it came to toilet training. We purchased some of these 'puppy training pads' by Simply Solutions. They usually cost anything from £9.49+, depending on where you shop.
The idea of these pads is that you place one on the floor, and your puppy will go to the toilet on the pad instead of on the floor. You can then gradually move the pad closer to the back door and eventually place it in the designated toilet spot to train your puppy to go to the toilet outside.
The pads are supposed to contain a built in attractant which encourages your dog to toilet on it. The pads are made from a polymer type material with a plastic backing so that any liquid is helld inside them and doesn't sink straight through onto your floors.
My expereince of these pads dramtically changed my opinion on them. When first buying them I assumed that they were almost essential for toilet training from the way people spoke about them. I've since decided that they're almost useless - well they were for me.
My dog would go to the toilet on them sometimes, that wasn't the issue. The issue was that I felt they slowed down the entire toilet training process dramatically. As you move the pad your dog will more than likely go back to the palce it previously was - dogs are creatures of habit, and as puppies don't have full bladder control uner 12 weeks of age it's more than likely they may not make it to the new pad location. It's far easier to just escort your puppy outside regularly and ignore any accident indoors. I certainly found that after ditching these pads my dogs toilet training was amde a million times easier, and I wish I'd never wasted money on these in the first place.
As for the practicality of these pads they were absorbent when my dog did go to the toilet on them. Another problem was that they are idea for a dog to play wth and chew, and don't last five minutes if those puppy teeth get into them!
These pads ENCOURAGE your dog to toilet inside, in my honest opinion and are a total waste of money.
I've recently bought a puppy that needs puppy training; I have looked on the market to see what puppy training pads are available. Ive come across Simple Solutions puppy training pads which I purchased from the local vets, which I paid £11.99 for a pack of 30. I also noticed that can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk at the same price of £11.99, but on top of that would be postage charges, so I decided to purchase mine from the local vets as I would not have to pay the postage charge.
They come in a pack of 30, which attract the puppy with a special scent; they a high absorbency and have 100% leak proof quality.
Place puppy training pad on the floor with the plastic side down and tissue side up.
Make sure that the pad is always in a place available for your puppy.
Keep pad away from your puppy's food and bed.
Place the puppy on the pad so he or she can smell the special scent.
If the puppy doesn't relieve themselves the first time, take them back several times until successful.
Once puppy has succeeded reward them with a treat or praise.
Replace the pad when a new one is needed.
If more help is needed when on training hints, you can visit the website at simplesolutions.com.
These training pads are brilliant and good value for money, i'm very impressed as I've bought some before that were a different brand and they were useless, probably because they were a lot cheaper. Sometimes buying cheaper brands doesn't always pay.
I would suggest these training pads to anyone who has a puppy and needs to puppy train them.