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4 Best Pee Pad Holders For Dogs (13+ Tested & Reviewed)

Last Updated: October 9, 2023 | 24 min read | 1 Comment

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The best pee pad holders for potty training tested and reviewed

Are you sick of your pup shredding pee pads? Or maybe you are looking for a way to stop your dog tracking pee through your home.

A pee pad holder may be the perfect solution!

We spent over 120 hours reviewing 13 different pee pad holders.

Here are just a few of the different pee pad holders we tested…

Some of the different pee pad holders we tested and reviewed to find the best

With the help of our dedicated team of puppies, we reviewed each pee pad holder for ease of use, leaks, ability to grip pads and more.

All to answer a single question…

Which pee pad holder is best?

Want the answer? Then read on!

Best Pee Pad Holders

All up, we tested and reviewed 13 different pee pad holders. After countless potty sessions watching our puppies interact with the pee pad holders (and cleaning up leaks) we narrowed down the selection to 3 winners, each great in their own way.

To start, I’ll list the best pee pad holder for most house before recommending specialized options for those of you with large dogs or inaccurate sprayers.

Best Overall

Dogit Puppy Training Pad Tray Holder - Best Pee Pad Holder For Most Dogs

Dogit Puppy Pad Holder

An easy to use pee pad holder that grips tight and fits most pee pads.

Size23.5″ x 23.5″
MaterialHard Plastic
Minimum Pad Size22 x 22 inches
Maximum Pad Size26 x 26 inches

The Dogit Puppy Pad Holder Tray is perfect for square pee pads. And when it came to containing leaks, ease of use and quality, it outclassed the competition.

The Dogit puppy pad is made of two parts….

The base and square tray that clips on top of the Dogit Puppy Pad Holder

First, you have a base. This is where you place the pee pad.

Pee pad being placed on the base of the Dogit Puppy Pad Holder

A square tray clips over the top, holding the pee pad holder in place. On each edge of the tray is a latch.

With all latches down, the pee pad is secured in the base – your puppy is now ready to do his business.

Lid Clamped down on top of pee pad in Dogit puppy pad holder locking it in place

We found this clamping design to work the best out of all the pee pad holders we reviewed.

In fact, the design works so well that many other pee pad holder imitate the design. However, none gripped as well as the Dogit.

In general use, no dog was able to pull or remove the pee pad from the Dogit holder. When properly installed, none of our dogs could make the pee pad budge when they stepped on it.

Miniature Australian Shepherd Sitting on Pee Pad in Dogit Puppy Pad Holder

Even so, if your pup is determined is to remove the pad from the holder, it’s only a matter of time before he will. If that sounds like your dog, check out our next recommendation instead.

On the underside of this pee pad holder are four rubber stoppers, one in each corner. During testing, these stoppers prevented the holder from sliding around our laminate and hardwood flooring.

rubber non-slip stopper on the bottom of the Dogit Puppy Pad Holder Tray

As for leaks? None. We added cup after cup of water to the pee pad holder – more than even our most absorbent pee pads could hold. Any overflow was neatly contained in the holder itself.

The only time you will experience wet floors is if your pup misses the pee pad altogether, such as if he pees on the side of the holder. Then it will trickle down to the floor.

But if your dogs aim is true, you won’t have to worry about pee seeping through to your floor.

Simulating dog peeing on the edge of dogit puppy pee pad holder

While the Dogit Puppy Pad holder works best for square pee pads, we were able to fit rectangular pads inside. We were able to make the Kirkland Signature (30″ x23″) fit inside by folding the larger edge over until it formed a square.

However, this somewhat defeats the purpose of the using an extra-large pad. Only the exposed section in the middle of the Dogit Training Pad holder is exposed (21″ x 21″). Such a small surface area makes this training pad holder unsuitable for larger dogs.

French Bulldog standing on Dogit Puppy Pad Holder Tray with pee pad inside

I particularly liked that I could layer multiple pads at once. Depending on the thickness of the pee pad, you’ll be able to stack up to 5 of them on top of each other. Alternatively, there is plenty of room for washable pee pads which are typically thicker than the disposable variety.

By stocking the Dogit Training Pad Holder with multiple pads, I was able to allowed me to refill the pee pad holder less frequently. After our dog had done his business, we would fold up the top pad and a fresh one would be waiting underneath.

Dogit Puppy Pad Holder Tray sitting on wood floor

I didn’t have any issues cleaning this holder. The glossy plastic was easily wiped down with a microfiber cloth. Even dried poop easily came loose.

As you can see, there is a lot to love about the Dogit Training Pad Holders – especially if you use square pee pads. Highly recommended.

Pros:

  • Made from durable plastic
  • Fits most square shaped pee pads
  • Holds pads with an iron grip
  • Raised sides contain pee in the case of pad leaks

Cons:

  • Not suitable for large, rectangle shaped pads
  • Won’t stop an aggressive digger or pad pullers

Best Pee Pad Holder With Grate

Richell Paw Trax Mesh Training Tray - Best Pee Pad Holder With Grate

Richell Paw Trax Mesh Training Tray

The grate seals the pee pad inside, preventing your dog tracking pee through your home or shredding the pee pad.

Size17.7″ x 23.6″
MaterialPlastic
Minimum Pad Size17.7″ x 23.6″
Maximum Pad Size21″ x 30 inches

While there are plenty of pee pad holders that look similar, the Richell Paw Trax Training Tray outclassed them all.

It’s three piece construction easily snaps together. Similar to our previous recommendation, the Richelle Paw Training Tray has a base and a lid that snaps into place to cover the edges of the pee pad.

Richell Paw Trax Mesh Training Tray on wooden floor

Instead of clamps, the lid connects to the base via four holes, located on either side of the pee pad holder. Simply push the lid over the base and it snaps into position. I found this method of attaching the lid to be much quicker than opening and closing latches.

Grate, lid and base of richell paw trax mesh training tray

But the Richell Paw Trax Training Tray has one extra piece. A plastic grate that clicks into the lid. With the grate in place, your dog is completely sealed off from accessing the pee pad – he couldn’t shred it if he tried.

What makes the Richell Paw Trax unique among pee pad holders is its locking system. There are 4 pegs on either side of the tray the lid attaches to.

Pulling the lid with two hands will cause it to pop off. Compared to opening and closing clips, this removing the pee pad from this holder was effortless.

Richell Paw Trax Mesh Training Tray clip system

You can use this pee pad holder without the grate if you so choose too. However, if you don’t need the grate then our previous recommendation is a better option. Unless you were looking for a rectangle-shaped pee pad holder, that is.

What made the Richelle Paw Trax Training Tray our top pick is the softer plastic used in the grate. It’s gentler on paw pads than the other pee pad holders. In fact, many of our puppy testers wouldn’t step foot on other grates for this very reason.

Australian Shepherd peeing through Richell Paw Trax Mesh Training Tray grate

Despite being more flexible, the grate was more than up to the task of supporting our testers weight. The grate wouldn’t sag when stepped on by our smaller dogs.

Larger dogs were a different story. When they placed all their weight on the center of the grate, it would sag. This can push poop and pee back up into the grate and onto your pup’s paws.

Richell Paw Trax Mesh Training Tray grate sagging under the weight of a large dog

However, one reviewer came up with a clever solution to this. Using zip ties, tying them in a square shape so the ends were on the underside of the grate, she was able to life the grate enough so that it wouldn’t sag under heavier dogs.

With two of these squares sitting underneath the great, the load was evenly distributed and the grate would no longer sag.

using zip ties in squares to prevent Richell Paw Trax Mesh Trainining Tray grate form sagging

Due to the shape of the Richell Paw Trax Mesh Training Tray, rectangular shaped pee pads work best. You know, those pee pads that are often sold as Large or Extra-Large.

With square pee pads being much more commonly available, we decided to test how they would fit. I’m happy to report that square pads (at least 24 x 24″) fit inside just fine if you don’t mind folding one of the edges. If your pee pad holders are smaller, you’ll need to use two at a time.

Testing the Richell Paw Trax Mesh Training Tray with urine simulation

With the pee pad placed directly underneath the grate, you shouldn’t have any issues with leaks. As long as you are swapping them out according to your pup’s pee schedule, of course.

When I oversaturated each pad to the point where it flowed into the pee pad holder, there were no leaks – the Richell Paw Trax kept the overflow neatly contained until I emptied it outside.

There isn’t a whole lot of room under the grate, so you’ll probably only be able to use a single pee pad alone. Even so, there was still enough space to fit a thicker washable pee pad.

rubber stopper on bottom of Richell Paw Trax Mesh Training Tray

The rubber stoppers located on bottom of the pee pad holder kept it in place. In general use, even our larger testers couldn’t make the holder slide across a wooden floor.

Despite looking more complicated than other pee pads holders, the Richelle Paw Trax easily comes apart. Whether we are disassembling it for cleaning our to swap out the pee pads, the process took seconds.

grate of Richel Paw Trax Mesh Training Tray

Like with all pee pad holders with grates, it added to the cleaning time. Especially if our pups smooshed poop between the mesh. During testing, we found the garden hose to be the best method for cleaning. Disinfectant, a quick scrub and the pressure from the garden hose did the rest.

Overall the Richell Paw Trax Training Tray is an exceptional pee pad holder. If you need a grate, then this is as good as it gets.

Pros:

  • Made from durable plastic
  • Grate stops pee pad shredding and keeps paws dry
  • Holds pads with an iron grip
  • Contains pee in the case of leaky pee pads.
  • Grate can be a little time consuming to clean

Cons:

  • Less suitable for rectangular shaped potty training pads
  • Pee pads sit loose underneath

Pest Pee Pad Holder For Traveling

Four Paws Wee Wee Silicone Pad Holder - Best Pee Pad Holder For Travel

Wee Wee Silicone Pad Holder

A compact pee pad holder made from silicone. Perfect to use on the go.

Size22″ x 23″
MaterialFlexible Silicone
Minimum Pad Size22″ x 23″
Maximum Pad Size30″ x 30″

You may have noticed that our top picks are all made from a rigid plastic. That’s all well and good, but what if you are taking your dog traveling?

Whether you are going on a road trip or flying across the country, you’ll need to pack light. You’ll need to leave your bulky pee pad holder at home.

Wee Wee Silicone Pad holder rolled up in hand

That’s where the Four Paws Wee Wee Pad Holder comes in. Made from silicone, like a travel dog bowl, this pee pad holder takes up barely any room at all. Roll it up and stuff it in your bad or lay it flat at the bottom of your luggage – You won’t even notice it’s there.

When you arrive at your destination, unroll the silicone pee pad holder, insert your pee pad and you are good to go.

Wee Wee Silicone pee pad holder unrolled laying flat on wooden floor

The Wee Wee Pad Holder is the only silicone pee pad holder we came across can grip the pads. All other silicone holders were little more than a plate with a lip to hold any overflow – there wasn’t a method to secure the pad.

The Wee Wee Pad Holder on the other hand has 4 cross-shaped cuts. By poking each of the corners of the pee pad down these slots, you can secure the pee pad in place.

Pee Pad corner pushed down slot to hold in place on Wee Wee Silicone Pad Holder

Now, while this will hold the pad in place if your dog steps on it, it’s not going to hold up to a playful pup. If your dog shreds his pads, then a travel pee pad holder isn’t going to provide much of a challenge.

The pee pad holder works on any pad up to 30 x 30 inches. However, you should be prepared to fold any excess under itself – you’ll the pad square shaped in order to properly fit.

Wee Wee Silicone Pad Holder laying flat on the floor with pee pad inserted

Despite the holes, we noticed no leaks even when oversaturating the pee pad. The raised sides prevented any overflow from escaping the holder.

As you would expect, being made from silicone, the Wee Wee Pad Holder gripped hard floors exceptionally well. Vinyl, hardwood and tiles – it wouldn’t budge, even when our pups kicked the raised edge as they stepped onto the holder.

French bulldog going to the toilet on Wee Wee Silicone Pad Holder

Speaking of which, we noticed that all our pups immediately took to silicone holders which feel soft when stepped on. There was no hesitation, even from dogs that were cautious about using plastic pee pad holders.

Like all pee pads, this one is unsuitable for for larger dogs. Larger dogs could flip the pee pad holder with little effort. Same goes if you accidentally kick the pee pad holder as you walk past. The last thing you want is a soaked pee pad laying face down on your floor…

test simulation of dog peeing on pee pad in Wee Wee silicone pad holder

Oh, and if you have a chewer, you might want to think twice about buying this pee pad holder.

You see, a silicone pee pad holder just won’t hold up to sharp dog teeth. You’ll need to train your dog to chew on something more appropriate, like a good chew toy

Example of Wee Wee Silicone Pad Holder containing Urine if pee pad leaks

Cleaning couldn’t be easier. The Wee Wee Pad Holder is a smooth, single piece of silicone. You can easily give this a sponge down in your kitchen sink.

On the subject of cleaning, it is worth mentioning that dog hair will cling to the bottom of this pee pad holder. It’s a problem with all silicone products.

Underside of Wee Wee Silicone Pad Holder covered in hair

Fortunately, we were able to remove this hair by rinsing the slilicone pad holder under running water. If your floors are covered in hair, consider grabbing a good pet hair remover.

If you are looking for a lightweight pee pad holder than you can take anywhere, it doesn’t get any better than the Wee Wee Pad Holder.

Demonstrating how portable the Wee Wee silicone pee pad holder is by rolling it up and putting it in a travel bag

Whether you are keeping it in your car glovebox or stuffing it at the bottom of your luggage, it will always be on hand when you need it.

Pros:

  • Can be rolled up to a small size
  • The only silicone pee pad holder to grip pads
  • Easy to clean
  • Grate can be a little time consuming to clean

Cons:

  • Less suited as an every-day pee pad holder
  • Easily broken if chewed
  • Light enough to flip if kicked

Best Pee Pad Holder For Small Dogs

PuppyGoHere Dog Litter Pan - Recommended For Small Dogs That Raise The Leg

PuppyGoHere Litter Pan

A heavy-duty solution for pee containment. No leaks or splashing.

Size24″ x 20″ x 5″
MaterialHard Plastic
Minimum Pad Size19.5 x 24
20 x 26No Max

I’m going to be upfront with you., since the pee pads sit loose in this tray, it isn’t exactly a pee-pad holder. It’s more of a litter box, like a cat would use.

Constructed from a single piece of heavy-duty plastic, there is no way to clamp a pee pad in position.

PuppyGoHere Litter Pan for pee pads

Even so, a 19 x 24 (or larger) pee pad fits perfectly in the bottom of the tray…

simulating pouring urine on a puppy pee pad inside PuppyGoHere Litter Pan

But where this pee pad holder really shines is the raised sides. There are no chances of edge accidents. Any splashes hits the side of the walls and runs down onto the pee pad – neatly containing your dogs business in the pan.

Before you get too excited, I want to stress that the PuppyGoHere Litter Pan is best suited to small dogs and tiny puppies.

Small dog going to the toilet on training pad in PuppyGoHere Litter Pan

Why? Well, in order to take advantage of this pee pad holder, your dog needs to be able climb inside – there’s only so much room inside.

Our Chihuahua, daschund and multipoo (maltese x poodle mix) had no issues stepping inside to do their business. Depending on the size of your dog, you may even be able to fit two inside…

Two small dogs sitting on pee pad inside puppygohere litter pan

If you have a similar sized breed, or smaller, then this is the pee pad holder for you.

But as you get closer to PuppyGoHere’s suggested weight limit, things get a little cramped. For example, our 20 pound Boston Terrier could squeeze inside but kept stepping in his business. And despite her repeated attempts to climb inside, our beagle tester was too large.

Opening on the side of the PuppyGoHere Litter Pan

You could use this pee pad holder as a solution for smaller puppies but if you have a large breed, such as a labrador, your pup will quickly outgrow it…

Not only that, but puppies are considerably more likely to play with the pee pads, biting and tearing them to shreds. As I mentioned earlier, the PuppyGoHere Litter Pan doesn’t have a way to clamp the pee pad in place. It’s all too easy for your puppy lift and shred the pad.

It is also worth mentioning that this litter pan does not have a non-slip base:

Underside of PuppyGoHere Litter Pan for dogs

We were able to prevent the PuppyGoHere pan from sliding around the room by either pressing it up against a wall or sitting the litter box on top of a rug.

If you have an older dog who lifts the leg, you might want to consider the next size up. With extra length and 9″ high walls, this upgrade provides extra splash protection for even the most inaccurate dogs.

Even if your pee pad leaks, the litter pan keeps any urine neatly contained…

PuppyGoHere Litter Pan holding leaked urine from a dog pee pad simulation

A quick soapy wipe-down before washing it out with a garden hose saw the PuppyGo Here Litter pan look as good as new.

If you have an inaccurate small dog that is determined to spray, the PuppyGoHere Litter Pan is worth checking out. Highly recommended.

Pros:

  • High sides prevent overspray
  • Ideal for toy and small breeds
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Not suitable for larger dogs
  • Playful dogs can pull and shred the pee pad
  • More expensive than other pee pad holders

The pee pad holders that didn’t make the cut

Not every pee pad holder can be a winner. When it came down to performance, the following pee pad holders fell short in one way or another.

Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t necessarily meant that these are bad pee pad holders. After all, each one is capable of holding a pee pad. However, based on our testing, we see little reason to choose these pee pad holders over our recommendations above.

The All-Absorb Silicone Pad Holder took a deviation from the traditional plastic pee pad holders. Made from a flexible silicone, it grips all floors, from wood and laminate to carpet. It’s simple design also made it incredibly easy to clean. Just one problem, there is no way to hold most pee pads in place. You see, it’s designed specifically for All-Absorb Premium Training Pads with Adhesive Tags which are significantly more expensive than pee pads that don’t come with adhesive strips. So, without any way to secure the pee pad to the holder, you lose a lot of advantages a traditional pee pad offers. Worse, if the pea pad leaks, the flippy-floppy silicone is difficult to keep steady as you walk it across your home – there will be spills.

The Four Paws Wee-Wee Pad On Target Trainer is the only pee pad holder we tested which had a splash guard. This splash guard is designed to stop dogs lifting their leg and over-spraying the pee pad holder. Instead, the pee hits the splash guard and runs down onto the pee pad. In Theory. You see, what actually happens is the pee runs down the splashguard and pools underneath the pee pad. The splash guard is also incredibly thin and even when in position, it wobbles and falls out of it’s slot at the lightest touch. In one instance, our chihuahua tester popped the splash guard out of place just by bumping it with his foot as he raised his leg. As you can expect, pee went everywhere. Then there is the grip. The Wee-Wee Pad On Target Trainer doesn’t clamp down on the potty pad well enough (even their own Wee-Wee brand pads) – most of our testers could move the pad out of place just by walking over it.

The Blyss Pets Klean Paws was one of the few pee pad holders that featured a grate. The Klean Paws didn’t make the cut as there was no way to secure the pee pad below the grate, it sits loose under neath. We found that during use, the pee pad can still move around.

The Simple Solution Dog Pad Holder had an interesting feature, it folded in half. This feature made the pee pad holder significantly more easy to store when not in use. The pee pad holder was let down by the four plastic clips located in each corner. If your digs at the pee pad, or it catches his paw as he steps, the pee pad will scrunch up or even come loose. Note: The Simple Solution Training Pad Holder is the exact same pee pad holder as the OUT! Dog pad holder and Vet’s Best Pad Holder – all three are manufactured by the same company, Hero Pet Brands and are identical in every way.

Iris makes four different pee pad holders. They are very similar to the Dogit Clean Training Pad Holder that was top pick and come in a range of different sizes. Each holder uses latches to clamp down on a plastic frame that holds the pee pad in place. Despite their flaws, If you use an rectangular shaped pee pad, then they may be worth checking out. Be mindful that their sizing is a little odd. These pee pad holders are designed spefically for the Iris brand Neat ’n Dry pee pads, which come in a wide range of different sizes. Iris X-Large Puppy Training Pad Holder Could fold in half, allowing you to place it against a wall at a 90 degree angle – Perfect for male dogs who are old enough to raise their leg. unfortunately, the gaps where the model folds also allow pee to leak out of the holder and onto the floor. The 25.2 x 37.1 inch size was suitable for many extra-large rectangular pee pads.

The Iris Dog and Puppy Training Pad Holder was closest to our Dogit top pick. Unfortunately, it made a sudden popping sound when heavier dogs pressed down on the middle – not good if you are potty training a dog who is easily startled.

The 25.55 x 18.9 regular sized Iris Dog And Puppy Training Pad Holder had only two handles on either side. They couldn’t clamp down hard enough – light pawing caused the pee pad to come loose.

Finally, at 17.5 x 17.5 inches, the Iris Dog and Puppy Training Pad Holder was too small for most pee pads we tested.

Last but not least we have the So Phresh Dog Litter Box. Another litter box rather than tray, this is an cheaper alternative to the puppygohere we loved so much. It’s even the same size. Unfortunately, the plastic is less rigid and was showing significant wear in the form of scratch marks after our testing period. The puppygohere litter box did not wear in the same way. The only advantage we see is that the So Phresh Dog Litter Box is available at your local PetCo store, as it’s a PetCo brand.

What is a pee pad holder and does your dog need one?

brown puppy sitting on pee pad holder with grate

A pee pad holder is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a product designed to hold your pee pads in place. (If you need great pee pads, check out our Best pee pad review.)

I’m going to be upfront with you. I previously I thought pee pad holders were somewhat of a gimmick.

It wasn’t until our detailed reviewed different pee pads that I could see their potential.

1. Stop your puppy playing with pee pads

Dog playing with and tearing puppy pee pad

To your puppy, everything is a toy. Especially a pee pad.

Unfortunately, a peep pad just wasn’t designed to hold up to your up to your pup’s sharp claws and pointy teeth.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of finding shredded bits of pee pad across the house, especially just after I’ve finished vacuuming.

Even worse, your puppy could accidentally eat these small pieces. I’m pretty sure torn pieces of pee pad are not part of a balanced doggie diet.

A pee pad holder makes it difficult for your dog to grab the pee pad with his mouth. Pee pad holders with a grate make it impossible for your pup to bite his pee pad – it’s sealed inside the holder!

Even a pee pad holder without a grate offers enough of a deterrent that a playful puppy will look for easier toys to play with – keep chew toys or your pups favoriteplush dog toy on nearby!

2. They stop your pee pad from moving around the floor

French bulldog testing pee pad for movement in potty pad holder

While some pee pads have a textured backing that stops them from sliding around your floor, many don’t.

And because pee pads are not only thin, but lightweight, this can cause issues…

If your dog catches the underside of the pad with his foot on the pee pad it can fold over itself or even flip upside down.

When this happens, your dog can pee on the waterproof underside of the pee pad, causing pee to spill everywhere.

Gross, right? Well, as I learned, it can get worse…

During our pee pad review, one of our testers left the back door open. A strong gust of wind blew through the door and picked the pee pad up like a feather.

It spiralled through the ear before it landed pee-side down on a new rug (because why wouldn’t it?)

Pee pad holders provide your pee pad with some much needed weight, helping to prevent accidents such as these.

Note:Litter boxes don’t clamp down on pee pads and will not stop a dog from playing with it.

3. They keep your pups paws dry

dog paws stepping in urine on soaked puppy pee pad

Another observation from our pee pad review – dogs don’t really care if they walk through their business.

Puppies in particular would happily step across a wet pee pad once they had done their business.

While it may not make the same mess as a spill, do you really want pee paw prints tracking through your house? Probably not, especially if you have carpet.

Dog paw stepping on grate of pee pad holder to keep feet dry

Some pee pad holders feature a grate system. This grate sits on top of the pee pad. Instead of pooling on top, pee trickles down through the grate – no matter how many times your pup walks across it, his paws will remain dry!

4. They help with dogs that pee ont he edge of a pad

Simulating dog peeing on the edge of dogit puppy pee pad holder

I still remember back to when I had to potty train my dog. Perhaps one of the most frustrating thing was that my pup couldn’t tell the difference between the center of the pee pad and the edge.

He would forever pee on the edge of the pad, where, where the plastic liner failed to absorb the pee. As a result, it would flow onto the floor.

To him, any pee on the pad was a success. To me, it was the difference between pulling out all the cleaning products and sanitizing the area.

The closer to the edge of a pee pad your pup does his business, the more likely it will be that you experience leaks.

Most pee pad holders come with walls or rims, to help keep your dog’s spray in one place, preventing leaks running off onto your floor.

A pee pad holder also provides a clear beginning and end to the pee pad, making it easier for your dog to verify he has gone in the right place.

5.No more spills

PuppyGoHere Litter Pan holding leaked urine from a dog pee pad simulation

Finally, pee pad holders are easy to carry. It beats folding the pee pad up on itself and carrying it across your room – you are asking for drips or leaks.

Simply pick the pee pad holder up and walk it over trash can. The pee pad holder will contain any pee that missed the pad contained.

Once done, simply clean your pee pad holder in the sink.

Now, that’s not to say that pee pad holders are a perfect product…

For example, if your dog bites on things he shouldn’t, he will soon break a pee pad holder. They are not designed to be chewed on – give your pup a good chew toy instead!

There are also no extra-large pee pad holders for big breeds. If you have a larger dog, such as a St. Bernard, Great Dane or Cane Corso, then you’ll likely find a pee pad holder too small for your massive pup.

Also, elderly dogs or dogs recovering from surgery should take care when using a training pad holder. Due to the raised design of pee pad holders, they pose a tripping hazard – a slip may further injure your pup.

I’m still of the opinion that a pee pad holder isn’t an essential potty training product – after all, you can effectively use a pee pad without the holder.

However, I can certainly see how it could be useful in any specific conditions. If your pee pads won’t stay in place, spill or your dog tracks pee through your home, then a pee pad holder could be the solution you are looking for.

How we tested

dog resting after reviewing pee pad holders to find the best



At Canine Journal, we don’t recommend any product we wouldn’t happily give to our own pups.

because of this, we vigorously tested, compared and reviewed each pee pad holder you see featured in this guide.

Training dog to pee in litter box pee pad holder

The first thing we had to do was narrow down which pee pad holders to review.

Our journey started by scouring the internet for the many different types of pee pad holders. Since pee pad holders are a fairly low cost product, we decided to review all of the most commonly available brands.

Next, we interviewed dozens of owners of puppies and dogs that use pee pad holders. We learned what they expected from the product, what their pain points were and came up with ways to test them.

Some of the different pee pad holders we tested and reviewed to find the best

All up, we purchased 13 different pee pad holders from Amazon. Yep, at Canine Journal, we pay full retail price, just like you.

Next, we enlisted the help of a range of dog testers. The following pups were more than happy to help us assist with reviewing pee pad holders:

  • Jax – Labrador Retriever/Hound Mix
  • Symone – Golden Retriever
  • River – Boxer

These puppies were all in the process of being potty trained. They helped to test how the pee pad holders would hold up to real world use.

two french bulldogs sniffing pee pad holder

Also, a big thank you to the following dogs who helped us test the pee pad holders use with various sized dogs…

  • Neptune – Toy Chihuahua
  • Mr Cookie – Toy Chihuahua
  • Alice – Labradoodle
  • Archie – Yorkshire Terrier
  • Hulk – French Bulldog
  • Havoc – Pit Bill Terrier
  • Norris – Miniature Australian Shepherd
  • Holly – Boxer Foxhound
  • Bread – Corgi
  • Cooper – Labrador
  • Buma – Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Zeus – Great Dane

With help from our doggie team, we tested each pee pad holder for the following qualities:

  • What was the minimum size pee pad the holder would accept?
  • Was the pee pad easy to install?
  • Did the pee pad holder keep the pee pad in place
  • Was the pee pad easy to remove, without spills?
  • Could the pee pee pad holder contain any leaks?
  • Was the pee pad holder easy to clean?
  • Did the pee pad holder slip on floors such as wood or tiles?

After a lengthy 120+ hours of reviewing, I can confidently say our top picks excel in these areas.

Testing observations

While reviewing each pee pad holder for the above qualities, we made some observations that are worth mentioning.

1. Some dogs are afraid of pee pad holders

Dachshund refusing to step on the grate of pee pad holder

You would think that if your dog already uses pee pads, he should instantly take to doing his business on a pee-pad holder, right?

Nope.

While some dogs take to pee pad holders without hesitation, others are not so keen.

We came across this issue during our review. Jax would take to some puppy pad holders, but not others – even though they were basically the same thing.

Another puppy refused to walk on any pee pad holder that had a grate. He didn’t like how the plastic squares felt against the bottom of his paws.

Fortunately, this was easily overcome. We coached both dogs to use the pee pad holder. Armed with a dog training clicker, potty training spray, and food rewards, it didn’t take long to convince our dogs to use their new toilet.

The process is no different to traditional potty training. Only this time, instead of getting your pup to use a flat pee pad, you are teaching him to do his business on a raised pee pad holder.

2. Pee pad holders will not make your dog more accurate

Simulating urine spilling down the edge of pee pad holder

Pee pad holders make it easier to keep pee pads flat and contain any leaks. What they don’t do is improve aim.

If your dog pees down the side of the pee pad holder, it’s going to trickle down the side and onto your floor.

Simiarly, if your dog misses the pee pad all together, then that isn’t the holders fault.

Smaller dogs are typically the most accurate. These tiny dogs can climb onto the pee pad holder and do their business.

Larger dogs did their business by only placing their back legs on the pee pad holder. Their front two paws were on the ground in front of the holder.

As always, training is the answer. If your dog is not accurate, you’ll need to train your pup to use the pee pad holder correctly.

3. You may have to modify your pee pads to fit

Now, I’m sure you are aware that pee pads come in hundreds of different sizes. This makes designing a pee pad holder to fit them all an impossible task.

Fortunately, pee pads are a thin sheet that can be folded to shape. In fact, every single pee pad we reviewed could fit into the pee pad holders we tested…

With some modification…

Larger pee pads needed to be folded down in order to make them fit the holder.

Similarly, smaller pee pads worked as long as you overlapped two side by side. However, this was less effective on open pee pad holders like the Dogit. This method causes a flap in the middle that will lift if your dogs paw catches it. However, for grated pee pad holders, two overlapping pee pads works just fine.

As you can see, if you are happy to compromise on the size, or use more pads at a time, you can likely use your favorite pee pads with our recommended holders.

4. Grates + Poop = Extra Cleaning

Australian Shepherd sitting on pee pad holder with grate next to dog poop

Prior to testing, I couldn’t figure out why so few pee pad holders had grates…

A grate stops dogs from playing with the pee pad and keep your dogs paws dry, so pee isn’t walked across your floor.

While the pee tracking can be eliminated by using a highly absorbent pee pad, stopping your dog from playing with the pee pad is reason enough to consider one.

So, why don’t all pee pad holders feature a grate?

Well, grates do have a serious downside. One that I feel isn’t mentioned enough.

While the gaps in the grate may allow pee to seep down into the pee pad, they don’t work as well for poop.

Now, poop is fine if it sits on top of the grate. And in most cases, that’s exactly where it will stay.

But if your dog does a runny poop, or worse, steps on it, poop is going to be smooshed into the squares of the grate…

And now you’ve got to clean the darn thing. Fortunately, a high pressure hose will clean most of the poop. But it’s an extra step you need to take – one can be avoided on traditional pee pad holders.

Seriously consider if you need a pee pad holder with a grate. If your dog doesn’t try to bite the pee pads and doesn’t track pee through the home, then you can probably skip it.

Conclusion

If you made it this far, congratulations! You now know which pee pad holder is ideal for your dog.

A recap of our results…

The best pee pad holders we tested:

Which pee pad holder do you use? Let me know in the comments below!

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