In our last post about dog pads we learned that lots of layers add up to a stronger pad that will soak up pee and get rid of nasty pet odors. And pads with an added attractant (scent) will let pooches know where to go.

In this post, Matt Clifton with OUT! shares his tips for what to look for when choosing a dog pad—and how to use them. Matt’s an expert on these topics. As well as working with dog pads every day, Matt’s a parent to dogs Pippy, a Chihuahua and Ranger. Here are his tips for choosing and using dog pads:

Choosing A Dog Pad

Make sure the product promises super absorbency, odor control and states the pads are leak-proof. We have found that pet parents want a brand they trust that will let them walk in the door without finding leaks on the floor or the air smelling of pet odors. They want to be able to throw the pad away and spend quality time with their pet instead of cleaning up after them.

Pet parents should be cautious of bargain brand pads or private label pads that may not absorb enough liquid. This will cause leaking or puddling that their pet will then track throughout the house. Look for a pad with triple protection, odor control, leak prevention and one that you can easily dispose of. If you have a dog with poor aim so he misses the center of the pad, select one with a scent that helps guide them where to go. And think about purchasing pads in larger sizes, either extra large (XL) or extra, extra large (XXL) for more coverage. You can also buy a pad holder to stop pads from moving around on the floor.

Using Dog Pads

Dog pads are great for house-training a puppy or adopted dog, or retraining an adult dog that has started having “accidents.” Find the best location for the pad—not where they sleep or eat—and spend time introducing your dog to the pad so this becomes their “potty spot.” Reward and praise your pooch generously when she uses the pad.

Dog laying on a dog pad

Pads are also really handy if you have an older dog that has health issues or pees when it’s excited or scared. Then there are times when it’s too cold or wet to take your dog out for a walk, or you’re going away for the day and leaving your pooch inside to keep her safe. Don’t stress—just put down some dog pads and you won’t have to worry about messes. And if you’re taking your dog along on your vacation (a big thumbs up from us!) don’t forget to pack some pads in your pet’s travel pack.

Pads like ours are designed for repeat use and can use be used by multiple dogs in a household. I recommend changing them out at least once a day for a sanitary environment. Check what the packaging recommends. If you use OUT! pads, you can dispose of them safely in your trash can.

In our next and final post on dog pads Matt will share some tips for other ways you can use dog pads around your home.

Do you have any questions about dog pads you would like to ask Matt? Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll get his answers for you.