As a lifetime dog owner, I can easily say that the worst thing about getting a new puppy is house training them. It always seems that as soon as you take your eyes off of the pup, trouble occurs. That’s where training pads like the Bullseye Pee Pad come in.
Viewpoints Score: TBD
Est. Cost: $12.99 plus shipping and handling
If you’re an infomercial junkie, you might have heard of the Bullseye Pee Pad. Made for dog owners who keep their pooch in the house, Bullseye Pee Pads claim to improve on other doggie pee pads. The special bullseye, a strong scented area on the pad, is supposed to help dogs do their business in the middle of the pad. No more spills. The Bullseye is also marketed as much more absorbent than normal pee pads. Currently, there aren’t any reviews for the BullsEye Pee Pad on Viewpoints. Have you used this product?
The real question is, are pee pads even functional? Do you need to buy the Bullseye, or do other pee pads achieve the same thing?
Viewpoints score: 68/100
Est. Cost: $35
Viewpoints Reviewer’s have a lot to say about the Pet Select Pee-Pee Pads, a generic doggie pee pad sold at major retailers like Sam’s Club and Walmart. The Pet Select Pee-Pee Pads are supposed to instantly absorb urine, eliminates the smell within mere seconds, and be dry only a few minutes after use. Don’t fret about leaks, either; your pet can use the Pet Select Pee-Pee Pads multiple times, and there is a guaranteed leak proof liner. The Pee-Pee Pads are mainly use is for house training puppies. Owners teach the new pooch to pee on the pad, and then gradually move the pad toward the door. Eventually, dogs know to go to the door where their owner can let them out, and the Pee-Pee Pads are no longer needed.
So do Pet Select Pee-Pee Pads live up to their hype? Viewpoints reviewers aren’t impressed. Just like the BullsEye, the Pee-Pee Pad uses a scent attractant to encourage dogs to do their business. While some of the dog owners said the pee pads attracted their dogs, some found that the scent attractant drew their dogs for the wrong reason and commented on how easily the Pee-Pee Pads became a chew toy for their new pooches.
“We soon realized that these can also be used as chew toys. Our dog completely destroyed these pads, and it was normally after he already went to the bathroom on them.” –lam001, Reviewer since 2013
A common thread throughout the Viewpoints reviews was how the Pet Select Pee-Pee Pads didn’t absorb extremely well. Several reviewers remarked on how thin the pads were, and suggested putting down newspaper underneath the pads. Others complained that the Pee-Pee Pads didn’t seem sturdy enough.
“They do not leak any urine, but I still think they should be thicker. When you pick it up to throw it away, it feels slightly wet on the plastic part.” –kg4006, Reviewer since 2007
Pee-Pee Pads biggest selling point is their convenience. They are easy to use when training a new puppy. Several Viewpoints members found that the Pet Select Pee-Pee Pads worked wonderfully for their intended purpose of house training a puppy or helping owners who couldn’t let their small dogs out during the day. Reviewers also came up with several unique ways to use the Pet Select Pee-Pee Pads. One reviewer commented that the Pee-Pee Pads were great for potty training his ferret, and several people used the pads for an older cat that had stopped using the litter box.
“I like the puppy pads because my dog is litter trained, but he tends to “think” he is in the box when he really is not and pees outside of it. Now, I started using the pads on the floor and setting the litter box on top of them so when he does this the pee is caught by the pad.”— jennrood, Reviewer since 2007
Overall, the Pet Select Pee-Pee Pads don’t seem to be worth the money. The BullsEye Pee Pad could solve problems Viewpoints members had with traditional Doggie pee pads. BullsEye Pee Pads are supposed to use special scent technology to encourage pups to pee directly on the center of the pad, and are supposed to be super absorbent, eliminating the issues with absorbency and dogs playing with the pad instead of peeing on it. If you’ve experienced the BullsEye Pee Pad, make sure to write a review here.