How to Replace Puppy Pads

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Puppy pads are a useful tool, even for housetrained dogs. While some owners use pads only during training, leaving a pad out 24-7 can prevent the occasional accident. Still, they aren't a "get out of jail free" card, and some cleanup is involved when you replace them.

Step 1

Remove a soiled puppy pad as soon as you see that it has been used and throw it away.

Step 2

Spray the floor underneath the pad with a disinfectant spray and wipe it with a paper towel. While puppy pads are designed to not soak through, moisture and bacteria sometimes form underneath a used pad, and it's better to play it safe.

Step 3

Replace the pad with a new, clean one, and always leave it in the same spot. The puppy pad should be in an area where the dog feels comfortable going—ideally someplace relatively private, and away from his food and water. Keeping the pad in the same place is crucial to making sure that he uses it consistently, so don't go moving it around unless you need to. If you do change the location of the pad, always show your dog where he can find it.


  • Puppy pads come in different sizes, so always replace a pad with another of a like size—otherwise, your dog could end up squatting on the pad and accidentally eliminating over the edge. If your dog habitually misses, either replace the pad with a larger one or lay out several pads next to each other with the edges overlapping.

Items You Will Need

  • Disinfectant spray
  • Paper towels


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Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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