Within the last 10-15 years, pets have become an irreplaceable part of the family. This typically means that they are treated like part of the family, most would even call them their kids (I know I do…). So accidents are guaranteed to happen at one point or another.
We have many customers that use puppy pads because they have become so popular, easy to use and seemingly successful.
Here are some do’s and don’ts that we give to our customers that have some accidents off the wee wee pad.
- DO NOT place the pad on carpet or an area rug
The carpet seems like a great place to lay the wee wee pad, however, wee wee pads are not foul proof. Urine can sometimes leak off the sides, the dog misses the pad a little bit, or the pad was sitting for too long and now gets the carpet underneath wet with urine. All of these things mean that your carpet now has a urine odor. What does that mean for your furbaby? I can pee on the carpet now! Keeping it away from anything that can absorb and hold on to urine odor is a better idea.
- DO Place a towel (that you don’t really care about) underneath the wee wee pad.
This is our best tip. If your wee wee pad sits on tile, wood floor or even a plastic tray, putting a towel underneath will provide the nice, soft comfort that grass or carpet does. Also, make sure to have the towel reach out about 1 foot on either side of the wee wee pad to catch any accidental sprays.
TIP: If you have to put the wee wee pad on carpet, place a larger towel underneath it so the towel will absorb any accidents.
- DO pick up feces right away.
You don’t have to replace the wee wee pad, but picking up the feces will give the dog more room to do his/her business.
- DO NOT put it directly along the wall or in the corner of the room.
Placing the puppy pads along the wall or in the corner of the room means that urine can somehow get on the wall or down the baseboard. Remember, if the dogs smell their urine somewhere else, it means instinctively it’s ok to go there.
- DO place the new pad on top of the old one until the first urine
The whole point of this one is to keep the urine smell on the wee wee pad so they are encouraged to go back onto it. By placing a new one directly on top of the old one (old one smells of urine) the dog will know this is the place to go! After he/she has made the first potty break, slide the old one out and throw it away. Keeping this ritual will ensure that our furbabies continue to go on the puppy pad.
- DO NOT clean the floor with strong deodorizers, chemicals or fragrances
Remember, we may like the smell of Pine-Sol or Fabreze, but our furbabies do not! Keep the area smelling as nutural as possible, they like the smell of their urine which entices them to go back.
According to our customers, placing the towel underneath the wee wee pad proves to be the best tip. Not only does it keep the wee wee pad from moving, or flying away, but it also is soft and pleasurable for our furbabys to walk on.
Remember: Dogs do not like to have urine splash back on their legs, minimize this as much as possible and you will have great success with the wee wee pads!
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