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Does It Really Work?: Bullseye Pee Pads

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Many people would agree -- pets are part of the family. Potty training puppies is one task that likely takes time, effort, and patience.

As Seen On TV Product Bullseye Pee Pads claims to aid the potty training process by attracting dogs to urinate in the center of the pad rather than on the floor.

KWWL's Ally Crutcher put the pads to the test to find out: Do they really work?

Ellen is a 12-week-old blood hound.

"My boyfriend and I had gone out to look at goats actually because he loves goats, and they happened to have a litter of puppies and we just couldn't say no," Rachel Shadle said.

Shadle started crate training Ellen, and when she whines she says they go straight to the door. But, as any dog owner knows, pups don't always make it to the door.

So, KWWL's Ally Crutcher tested the Bullseye Pee Pads with Ellen and Rachel, in their home in Waterloo.

The test had an interesting, and entertaining start: The product maker claims the pads have pheromones in the center to attract dogs to them, but Ellen was not amused. Some time passed, and the pads became more like a chew toy for Ellen.

At that point, a KWWL crew put Ellen alone in the kitchen with the pads, away from people and distraction.

With a camera placed in the kitchen, recording for roughly 20 minutes, Ellen still never used the pad. She circled around the kitchen, sniffed the pad, sniffed the camera, then the pad became a chew toy yet again.

"I think the Bullseye Pad failed. So I would, for Ellen's case, have to give it an F," Shadle said.

Ellen refused to be interviewed.

But one thing was for sure: the Bullseye Pee Pad earned a permanent spot in Ellen's toy pile.

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