People are lazy. We get that. We’re lazy too sometimes. What we don’t get are those people who are too lazy to potty train their damn dog. It’s kind of a dog training basic. Millions and millions of people do it every year. It’s really not that hard. Just like any other type of training, however, it does take time and patience. The dog industry has clearly caught on to this desire for a short-cut for potty training your dog and has created several “training products”, none of which we are particularly fond of.
We get a diaper when your dog is incontinent. We get a diaper when your bitch is in heat. We can even sort of understand a belly band on a dog that is a chronic marker. What we don’t understand is a perfectly healthy dog being allowed to marinate in urine for any length of time. Get off your ass and take the dog outside-a diaper is not a potty training aid if your dog is in it for the all of the dog’s life.
Dogs learn by association, so potty pads are basically telling them that going to the bathroom within the confines of your home is perfectly acceptable. Imagine their confusion when you get upset when they soil your grandma’s antique persian rug instead. While potty pads may make a good short-term training tool (and even then we say “meh”), the issue is that many people never successfully graduate their dog from using the pad to going to the bathroom outside. Do you really want your adult dog peeing and crapping inside? We don’t. Not to mention that most dogs have the aim of a college dude on spring break, so if your lazy ass never actually moves the pad outside, look forward to mopping up piss for all of eternity.
While we can kind of see the appeal if you live in a high-rise building where it’s not as easy as just letting a dog out in the yard, the thought of having a urine-soaked patch of synthetic grass on our patio (or our neighbor’s) is pretty foul. Also, if an owner can’t train his or her dog to go to the bathroom outside (one of the easiest things to teach a dog), how will they train their dog to pee on fake grass? Also, this product seemingly gives owners another excuse not to walk the dog. It’s bad enough that so many dogs get nothing more than a five-minute walk to relieve themselves, but now with products like this, some will be lucky if they get outside at all. Seriously, just take your dog on a walk. Some fresh air, real(!!!) grass, and maybe some interaction with other people and dogs might do both of you some good.
The moral of the story? Get off your ass and actually do the work it takes to potty train your dog. Will this require some effort? Yep. Going outside? Probably. Patience? Darn skippy. There are plenty of good resources online that will walk you through potty-training your dog, so do yourself a favor and skip the above “potty” aids and plan on doing some actual work.