I have had clients ask me whether it’s better to use potty pads or newspaper for paper training their puppy. Really, the principle is the same, so there is no difference in that regard. You are training your puppy to go potty on a particular surface, whether that be pads or paper. There are a few differences that may help you make your decision.

Potty Pads

Potty pads are created to help your puppy go potty on them because they usually contain a scent which helps stimulate your pup to do their business. The top of the pads are soft synthetic material, and the bottom is nylon, which helps prevent leak-through.

You can put many of them together, and tape them to the floor. When they are used, you simply roll them up and toss them away. Then, just replace with fresh potty pads.

With potty pads, you need to buy them from the pet store.


Using newspaper for your paper training has the biggest benefit in that you can get newspapers for free. You can find used papers at train stations, bus stops, you can get day old newspapers from the library, and many other places. Or, if you already subscribe to the paper, then you are already paying for it and have it in your home.

Newspapers are not scented to stimulate your puppy’s senses to go potty, and they easily leak through. Just like with potty pads, you simply roll up the used paper and toss it.

So, the decision is up to you. Papers cost less, but potty pads help with leakage and are scented to stimulate your puppy to go potty. If you have any thoughts, just leave your comments.

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