Best Training Pads for Dogs

Keep your home's floors clean by investing in dog training pads.

Keep your home’s floors clean by investing in dog training pads. (Pixabay/)

You’ve decided to help train your new puppy with training pads, but which ones should you buy? There are a lot of options on the market. Here are the ones we recommend.

These are built to be leak-proof thanks to a plastic lining.

These are built to be leak-proof thanks to a plastic lining. (Amazon/)

These training pads are of a smaller size and thickness, so not recommended for larger dogs, but they are great for use among small dogs and puppies. The smaller size also makes these a convenient choice for use in dog crates and carriers. Simply lay the pads down in the desired area and the plastic-lined pad will absorb any liquid from the wastes without allowing it to reach the flooring of your home or the dog’s crate or carrier. Note, however, these are designed as one-use training pads for dogs and should be removed as soon as possible from the dog’s area after they have eliminated on it.

These pads feature quilted top, inner cushion, carbon tissue, polymer tissue, and finally a leak-proof durable plastic liner.

These pads feature quilted top, inner cushion, carbon tissue, polymer tissue, and finally a leak-proof durable plastic liner. (Glad/)

What is unique about this Glad product is that it includes a pheromone attractant that attracts puppies and can help senior dogs find their way to the pad. This attractant serves to further reduce accidents elsewhere in the house that is caused when the puppy or dog doesn’t know where to go. The other unique feature about Glad’s training pads is that it uses carbon as a method to filter and absorb the urine. This carbon layer works well at eliminating smells, but because it means the urine is slower to be absorbed, it can cause fluids to pool and slide off the top due to if the training pad isn’t properly secured or a plastic tray is not used.

These are suitable for puppies and senior pets and can be used both in kennels or crates and outside them.

These are suitable for puppies and senior pets and can be used both in kennels or crates and outside them. (American Kennel Club/)

The American Kennel Club is arguably the most trusted brand for dogs thanks to their long history of working only to improve the lives of dogs and their owners. This training pad for dogs and puppies is built to offer an incredible 24 hours of leak-proof protection for any puppy or dog up to 50 pounds. Unlike other training pads for dogs and puppies on this list, this product comes scented. Buyers can choose from fresh, citrus, eucalyptus, or lavender scents. Definitely monitor your dogs’ behavior with these pads – some might find the scents distracting. If so, you’ll want a non-scented pad instead.

When the dog uses the grass layer, urine drains to a second insert where it is collected and can later be disposed of.

When the dog uses the grass layer, urine drains to a second insert where it is collected and can later be disposed of. (PETMAKER/)

Artificial grass training pads for dogs and puppies like this one by Petmaker are the best option for dog owners who need a long-term solution and want a product that looks and is more hygienic. This is especially true for those users who double-layer with a simple training pad secured into the plastic insert layer. One caveat: This type of training pad requires the replacement of the artificial grass over time. This makes it the best choice for owners of small dogs who have incontinence issues or who otherwise can’t get outside often enough and for owners of older dogs.

Works fast to immediately turn liquid waste into a gel that will be locked in to prevent messy leaks and ugly smells.

Works fast to immediately turn liquid waste into a gel that will be locked in to prevent messy leaks and ugly smells. (Hartz/)

The Hartz’s FlashDry Technology works to resolve the core issue that most dog owners have with other brands’ training pads for dogs and puppies of liquid not being absorbed fast enough. Here, urine and liquid waste gets immediately changed into a gel. This stops any type of roll-off or even roll-through leakage onto one’s flooring. The drawback is that this gel does take up more space and so some puppy and dog owners may find themselves having to replace the Hartz training pads more often than others.

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