I saw a lot of training pads at walmart and petco when i went to get supplies. I read the label and they say they draw dogs to them and was wondering if this worked at all? Also i remember reading an article by a vet about some sort of pheremones? that smell like the mother and it calms the pup down some. Has anyone heard of these products?
If you plan on training your dog to go potty outside and only outside, IMHO trianing pads are useless. Why? Because you end up training the dog twice. Once to go on the training pads, and again to go outside. It can end up confusing the dog and taking even longer to housetrain it. Skip the training pads (and save yourself some money) and just train the dog to go outside.
Now if you have a small dog that you don't plan on taking outside often, or live on the 3rd floor or higher of an apartment building and its' hard for you to get your dog outside in sufficient time to go potty, then training pads are appropriate.
I use them when their still a small puppy. Especially when I have to work 10hrs a day. I keep the dog in the bathroom with its bed, toys and food on one side and the wee wee pad on the opposite side. It works great and all I have to do is throw it away when I get home. When I'm home I take her out every couple on hours. I keep her with me all the time and you can kinda read when they have to potty. I bought my wee wee pad off of ebay for about $36.00 including shipping for 200 pads. It's a great deal.
Training pads are a waste of money. Newspapers work just as well.
I am not sure why, but all my pups are paper trained with out me doing anything. They’ll go out of their way to get a news paper to relieve themselves. I think it works because they grow up on news papers and used to the smell of it. When they get older they are instinctively drawn to it.
It is of course better if they go outside, but that is not always an option for everyone, especially when they are puppies. Having them go on newspapers instead is better then on the carpet in the middle of the living room.
I get my wee wee pads at Target in a package of 80 for 19.99 so the ebay price is good.
I would not use them unless you intend to teach your dog to go indoors the rest of its life. It has worked for us but there are drawbacks like getting their paws in the pee and tracking it or dripping when they walk away.
I am also glad when they go while we are taking a walk. If they go pee outside it is one less thing to clean up and saves the money on the wee pads. My husband thinks all we ever do is clean up their wastes (we have two dogs). If I had a fenced in yard and did not take them to work where I cannot take them out for a potty break, I would have wanted to have them go outside. For our lifestyle, this is the best and is very nice during late hours or bad weather.
Mafiaprincess is right. I don't think they attract the dog either. I had to teach them to use it. Still working on the 3-1/2 month old. Now I can take my wee pad to other places and show it to Georgie and she will use it.