Dog pads can be a lifesaver for us pet parents. In fact, how did we manage before they were invented? Not great. We had to use old newspapers or rags, neither of which is very effective in soaking up urine or hiding nasty dog pee and poop smells.

Thankfully, we now have dog pads to protect our floors and other surfaces in the home. Do you have a new puppy you need to house train? An adult dog with bladder problems? No problem—put down a dog pad and relax.

Of course, not all dog pads are created equal. Just like the paper towels we use in the kitchen, some dog pads are stronger than others. This is definitely not something you want to find out after your pet has done his business!

To better understand why some dog pads work better than others, we need to peel back the layers. To help with this, we spoke with Matt Clifton, who is in charge of developing and testing dog pads at OUT! pet care products.

According to Matt, all dog pads contain several layers to absorb moisture and odors—and the more layers the better. And each layer has a specific job to do:

  • Top: Protective tear-resistant sheet
  • Second: Tissue layer that draws moisture away from the skin
  • Third: Core containing super absorbent polymers that draws in liquid and converts it into a gel. It also traps and controls odors.
  • Fourth: Base tissue for further absorption
  • Fifth: Heavy duty plastic layer for leak protection

Dog pad infographic

OUT! dog pads are also infused with a special attractant that acts like a signpost, telling your pooch to “go here.” Matt says they tested 22 different ingredients to create their own special formula for the attractant.

We hope you enjoyed this inside look at dog pads and what they’re made of. In our next post about pads, we’ll share some tips from Matt—a dog parent himself—on what to look for when you’re buying these products.