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Washable Puppy Pads – Why you Want Some and Where to Get Them

There are so many washable puppy pads available and they make great solutions for indoor potty training as well as great additions to potty training puppies. They’re awesome because they are completely reusable – just wash, dry and reuse. Puppy pads are great for giving your dog or puppy a place to potty during the night or when you aren’t home. These reusable puppy pads give you that same awesome convenience over and over again.

If you are interested in learning about indoor potty training your small dog or puppy, make sure you check out my earlier posts: Move Over Kitty: Indoor Potty Training for Dogs and Potty Training Small Dogs – 6 Rules for Success.

Benefits of Using Puppy Pads for Puppies or Adults

Before I dive in to my top 5 washable reusable puppy pads, I want to quickly talk about why you should consider them. Puppy pads rock! There I said it. I have 5 Chinese Cresteds. None of them are puppies, and they are all potty trained. So why do I still use puppy pads?

If you aren’t familiar with the breed, Chinese Cresteds come in two varieties: hairless and powderpuff. The hairless variety are just that: hairless except for on their heads, feet, and tails. Since I live in Pennsylvania where we usually have snowy, icy, gross winters and get a fair amount of rain throughout the year as well, my dogs don’t always want to go outside to do their business.

This isn’t just a problem for hairless dogs though, a lot of small dog owners have this same issue, especially breeds with short coats like Chihuahuas.

I also have a life. Yes I work from home and while I am home going about my business, I take my dogs outside. The thing is, when I’m out running errands or am away from home no one is there to take my dogs out. Yes, like many dogs they mostly sleep when no one is home; but if they wake up before I get back they usually have to pee. If I’m not there to let them out they either have to hold it or they pee on the floor. Typically, they won’t hold it as you might have guessed.

In these instances, I like to offer them a solution that I’m happy with. I’d much rather them use a potty pad than to pee on my floor. Even if they pee too close to the edge and I have to wipe up a small leakage spot, that’s so much better than cleaning up puddles of pee, am I right?

Now, what about most people who don’t work from home? Yes, you might be able to hire a dog walker and if you can then by all means go for it. Your dog will definitely benefit from that service. If you don’t live in a big city, I’m right there with you on that, there is a severe shortage of dog walkers. So now your dog has to hold his pee for 8+ hours and with small dogs that’s just silly to expect.

Now this is where an indoor potty solution comes in. If you haven’t read it yet, head over and read my post on indoor potty training – Move Over Kitty: Indoor Potty Training for Dogs. In that post I go over the popular indoor potty training products, including washable potty pads.

Washable vs Disposable Puppy Pads

If you’ve decided to try puppy pads as an indoor potty solution for your dog, you now need to pick between disposable and washable puppy pads. As you can tell from the names, one is reusable and the other gets thrown away after it is used. So whats good about reusable puppy pads?

Washable puppy pads do cost more than disposable puppy pads if you just consider the cost per pad. The thing is, since washable puppy pads are reusable, they really are the better buy for your budget.

If you’re going the washable puppy pad route, you need at least 2 – one for your dog to use and an extra one to swap the first one for when it gets dirty. Honestly, unless you always want to be washing a puppy pad, I’d recommend buying 4. Even if you buy 4 reusable puppy pads, the average cost will be somewhere around $50 depending on the specific pads and size you choose.

Disposable puppy pads, given that you buy a name brand since they really do work better, are generally $20 – $25 for a pack of 50. Now the next part will vary depending on how many puppy pads your dog needs per day; but generally speaking, you could purchase 3 months worth of disposable puppy pads for the price of 4 washable puppy pads.

After those 3 months are over, you will need more disposable puppy pads which = more money. If you went the washable puppy pads route though, you can keep reusing them which = saving money.

My Top 5 Washable Puppy Pad Picks

Below you will find some more popular options out there and a little about them as well.

rocket & rex Premium Reusable Puppy Training Pads

  • Quanity: 2 or 4 Pack
  • 2 Sizes: 22″ x 22″ and 30″ x 36″
  • Color: Solid Grey (small size) and Bone Print (large size)
  • Price: $19.99 – $33.99 at Amazon.com

Pet Parents Washable Dog Pee Pads

  • Quantity: 2 Pack
  • 4 Sizes: 18″ x 24″ – 24″ x 36″ – 34″ x 36″ – 41″ x 41″
  • Color: 1 Tan and 1 Grey
  • Price: $15.00 – $35.00 at Amazon.com

Simple Solution Large Washable Puppy Pad

  • Quantity: 2 Pack
  • 1 Size: 30″ x 32″
  • Color: Tan Paw Print Pattern
  • Price: $24.99 at Amazon.com

EZwhelp Reusable Pee Pad

  • Quantity: 1 per Pack
  • 1 Size: 48″ x 60″
  • Color: Tan
  • Price: $26.95 at Amazon.com

EZwhelp Dog Mat/Pee Pad

  • Quantity: 2 Pack
  • 3 Sizes: 19.5″ x 24.5″ – 24″ x 36″ – 27.5″ x 29.5″
  • Color: Tan Paw Print Pattern
  • Price: $19.48 – $24.98 at Amazon.com

There are many more…

If none of these options fit the size, color, or price range you’re looking for, there are still so many reusable puppy pads out there. They range from small to giant sizes and even come in adorable prints like plaid or different colors.

I hope this post has helped you learn about the benefits of using washable puppy pads. Have you used washable puppy pads before? Which ones are your favorites? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences!

11 Comments

  • Brian

    My dog got sick just a while ago. Now I need to use a puppy pad. The puppy pad you introduced is not only beautiful but also very environmentally friendly. Thank you for providing useful information.

  • Tammy

    Puppy pads are so much better than kitty litter or newspapers! Thank you for the review! I’ve tried the top one and really like it!

  • Danielle

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time! My 11 year old daughter wants a puppy and we decided she will have one in the summer. That way they can spend more time outdoors.

    We have booked one that is now two weeks old and we have to wait till it’s weaned in 8 weeks’ time. It’s a cross between a jack russell and cocker spaniel.

    I will show her this post as she is excited and is researching on things she has to get and do.

    Thank you for the comprehensive information on washable puppy pads.

    ~Danielle

  • Jessica

    Hello Missy,
    I hate that so many people leave their dog locked up all day while they are at work and expect their dog to just hold it. People don’t realize that is a very bad idea since it can cause UTIs and other conditions. It is not natural for dogs to hold it all day every day.

    I think these reusable puppy pads are a great idea. It is nice you break out the economics involved so we know what to expect, how long they will last and how many we need. I definitely would not want to have just one as you point out.

    I can imagine the cold weather is a bit much for a hairless or shorthair breed. I grew up with Alaskan huskies so that was not a problem.

    Thanks for the great review.

  • Alexis

    I never even knew there were washable puppy pads! I use them occasionally for my chihuahua mix due to his small bladder, and I have always hated going through so many. It never feels environmental friendly!
    Thanks for the information!

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