For training puppies and dogs unable to go out to relieve themselves, piddle pads can be helpful, but expensive. This guide is about making homemade piddle pads.
How would you make washable pee pee pads for puppies? What material would you use for waterproof bottom? I know that a towel could be used for the top but it needs waterproof backing.
Tess from Clifton, Ohio
I approached a gal working in the hospital laundry. She was glad to recycle the draw sheets that would have been thrown out. They have washable waterproof backing and are quilted on top - perfect. I cut each into 4 making them about 14" square pads. A few needed a little zig-zagging on the sewing machine to mend, then I zig-zagged the cut edges.
I use a lid from an old rubbermaid container. its just the right size. I just lay old, cut to size towels to fit the lid.
What I use for waterproof backing is a laminated polyester fabric that is used for making cloth diaper covers. It is a little more $ but washes up better than a cheap tablecloth or shower curtain and can handle the heat from the dryer. It will last longer too. You can buy laminated polyester on ebay and etsy.com For the top of the piddle pad you could use microfiber which is suppose to be absorbent or use good ole cotton towel.
I make my own by simply using old flannelette pillowcases and old towels or when I can find them old quilted pillow protectors, the thick cotton quilted type. All of which can be found at thrift shops. I find most towels will fold horizontally into three layers that perfectly fit inside the pillowcase or if using the pillow protectors they simply slide inside the pillowcase. No sewing involved and it all just pulls apart for washing. My pups are all trained to use the pads and I've found they don't need a big area to toilet on. For a waterproof base I use the cheap, heavy duty plastic tarps sold in the Dollar shops and just cut it to size and lay the pillow case on top of it. Most times the moisture never reaches the base layer because the upper pad is so absorbent.
Purchase a roll of plastic carpet runner. You can find 5 foot rolls at KMart, Walmart or most hardware and home improvement stores. Be sure you purchase the runner that has the "gripping teeth" on the underside of it to help it remain secure on the flooring. This runner is normally used for high-traffic areas of your home to protect the carpet from wear and dirt. It also makes an excellent waterproof foundation that you can cut to size in any configuration to fit the area you need protected. Another plus is that you can also wash it, as needed.
Next, purchase a supply of towels from a dollar store or resale shop like the Salvation Army stores. Put the towels on the top of the carpet runner and launder when dirty.
Still want to use potty pads? Go to eBay where you can purchase them in bulk that are far less expensive than the local pet store. Search terms are, "potty pads" or "incontinence pads" or "puppy pads" - and be sure to compare several sellers for price difference and delivery times.
Source: My professional experience
By ThePetTeacher from Sylvan Lake, MI