The 7 Best Eco-Friendly Puppy Training Products of 2021



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Puppies are incredibly cute, but they can also be terribly messy. This is why one of the first goals of puppy education is potty training. You want to convince your puppy that the outdoors is the best place for potty breaks. But until that happens, you’ll need a plan.

Regular puppy training pads (also known as pee pads or potty pads) are not good for the environment. They usually have a plastic backing, often have a scent to attract a puppy to the spot, and are made with non-recycled bleached materials. Depending on your puppy’s age and how often you take him out, you may end up using a lot of puppy pads. It’s not just about putting a lot of waste in the landfill, it can also be very expensive.

Not all puppies can go out right away. Young puppies that have not been fully vaccinated should not be taken out into public places. If you don’t have access to a private yard, you may need to rely on indoor toilet breaks to keep your puppy safe.

We’ve researched the best eco-friendly puppy training mats.

Final verdict

The most environmentally friendly way to potty train a puppy is to use cloth pee pads that you can reuse over and over again. We love the Max & Neo washable pads (see on Amazon) because they are large, durable, and waterproof. However, if you need a disposable option, consider Pogi’s puppy pee pads (see on Amazon).

Why trust Treehugger?

The proud mother of a rescue dog, Mary Jo DiLonardo has raised around three dozen puppies and dogs, some of which are only five weeks old. She always tries to get them out after they eat, drink, play, and wake up after a nap so that they associate the outdoors with cleanliness. She tested all kinds of ways to give them indoor potty space. We’ll continue to research more durable sanitary napkins for your best friend and update this list as we find them.

For over 25 years, Mary Jo has covered a wide range of topics focusing on nature, pets, health, science and everything that makes the world a better place. She spent over six years at Treehugger, formerly under the Mother Nature Network brand.


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