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Christyl03
07-21-2011, 05:23 PM
We recently got a 3 month old chihuahua mix puppy and house breaking him is not easy in this heat. When I take him outside he just flops over and looks miserable. He will pee on pads but they are getting a little expensive and I hate throwing them into the landfills. So, I am going to make a few pee pads for him. I am using flannel or cotton, batting (for absorbency) and I need something that is machine washable, durable and waterproof. I need a waterproof lining and I'm not sure what to buy. It has to be cost effective and durable. Any suggestions?

AmandaDacus
07-21-2011, 05:29 PM
I have these cloth diapers. One type is for nighttime and has this almost magical microfiber on them. Obviously buying those diapers would be crazy, but maybe they sell microfibers somewhere. I'm not talking your run of the mill kind where water rolls off it. This stuff is super absorbent!

Christyl03
07-21-2011, 05:45 PM
Do you think that if I made a mat with a pocket under it and used a vinyl tablecloth (double layered and sewing together) and slid the vinyl mat into the pocket of the other mat it would work? The vinyl would not be machine washable but I could clean it with a hot soapy rag and machine wash the other mat. It would be cheap and easy lol

gma2rjc
07-21-2011, 06:31 PM
How big of a pad is it? Could you get a package of those XXL Zip-loc bags? They would keep the moisture out and could be wiped down.

And do you have any Sham-Wow rags sitting around? They'd absorb a lot and could be washed out fairly easily. We bought a package of them (I think they're knock-offs) at a home and garden show a few years ago.... I think we've used them once. :blush:

Barb

gremlin
07-21-2011, 09:56 PM
I don't like using puppy pads because it teaches the puppy to go on that type of surface. Whatever you use to train the puppy is the type of surface they will look for as adults. If you use newspaper, they learn to go on paper (even as adults).

What type of dog? How big? If possible, see if you can get a piece of artificial grass or the green indoor/outdoor carpeting that looks like fake grass. It can be hosed down quite easily. Put it on a piece of plastic such as a large garbage bag. You can use newspaper between the plastic and the fake grass/carpet to absorb the liquid wastes. If you poke holes through the fake grass it will let it drain to the paper below.
If your puppy is small enough, you can use a cat litter box and put a thin layer of kitty litter under the carpet for your absorbing layer.

Christyl03
07-21-2011, 10:34 PM
He is a Chihuahua terrier mix. My sister trained her dogs to go on pads and they don't go in the house anymore. She slowly moved it closer to the door and now they whine by the door when they have to go. Several people I know have told me they used pads. If I have a pad out he will go on it. If I don't, he will walk around looking for one and then pee on the carpet when he can't find one. When he is in his kennel he sleeps on his blanket and pees on his pad. He will not pee on his blanket. He has never peed on my couch or "his" recliner either. He is pretty good. He just can't handle the heat so I want to train him in the house first the way my sister did. I just don't want to pay for pads and then throw them away. I think that if I make sure he knows that is where to pee he will use a handmade pad. He already knows that when he goes in the house he is in trouble because he hid under the coffee table when he noticed I saw his little puddle. lol

Christyl03
07-21-2011, 10:38 PM
How big of a pad is it? Could you get a package of those XXL Zip-loc bags? They would keep the moisture out and could be wiped down.

And do you have any Sham-Wow rags sitting around? They'd absorb a lot and could be washed out fairly easily. We bought a package of them (I think they're knock-offs) at a home and garden show a few years ago.... I think we've used them once. :blush:

Barb

I don't think I will make it too big. I don't want a big pee pad sitting in my living room. lol The zip loc bags are an idea. I will have to check and see how big they are. Thanks:)