The Pros and Cons of Paper Training

Author: Jeff Clare

As kids, we were taught that paper training a puppy is the best way to go about house breaking your dog. Simply lay out a layer of newspaper on the kitchen floor and hope for the best, right?

Not necessarily.

Paper training your pup has long been considered the very first lesson in doggie education, but you shouldn’t take it for granted that it’s the best track to take with your pooch. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but you need to take two ideas into consideration before you decide paper training is the way to go: your schedule and way of life, and the personalities of yourself and your pet.

If your pup will have to spend long days alone in your home while you work, that may be an argument for paper training. It isn’t the ideal situation to put your puppy in. It would be better to hire someone to take her out once or twice a day, or to enroll her in a doggie daycare, but those may not be options for you. They may be beyond your budget or simply not available where you live. In that case, you and your pooch will have to go it alone.

Your tiny pup may be destined to grow into a much larger dog, however, and you will have to decide whether you want a 50-pound pooch to use paper in your home or if you will eventually be forced to deal with the work-day bathroom question in a different way at that time.

On the surface, paper training looks to be the simplest solution for both puppy and owner. And in some respects it is. The theory itself is simple enough. Try taking that a step further, though. Consider the papers as an emergency backup for the pup. Take them on regular walks and show them that going outside is the preferred method. Of course, puppies, like small children, can’t always wait and when they need to go now, they need to go now! For those times they have the paper instead of that nice white carpet in the dining room.

Simply make regular bathroom walks a part of your day from the beginning. Put her on a leash and take her outside. If nothing happens after five or 10 minutes, bring her back in. If she uses the bathroom, treat it as though she has just done the most amazing thing in the world. Tell her what a good girl and a genius dog she is. Pet her for it and give her plenty of affection over it. There is nothing like lavish praise to get a dog’s attention.

On the other hand, should your pup have an accident in the house and you’re fortunate enough to catch her at the first sign of a squat, scoop her up and take her out into the yard. If she continues to urinate in the yard be sure to give her lots of praise. She might look at you like you’re insane, but after a few attempts of this she will begin to get the picture.

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Potty Training a Beagle Puppy

Author: Jay Even

Potty training a beagle puppy can seem like a simple task, and it is, but some beagles are more stubborn then others and it may take time to potty train your beagle puppy. While it isn’t hard, you will need to supervise your puppy when he or she is in the house. This will help cut down on accidents because your puppy may try to tell you that they need to go to the bathroom either by whining, are scratching at the floor. If you see this, it may be your pup trying to tell you that they need a bathroom break.

The best way to start potty training a beagle puppy is crate training. This works because your puppy will not want to go to the bathroom where they eat or sleep. You can then use this to your advantage by leaving your puppy in his crate for an hour or two, then taking him outside to go potty and play. This will help your beagle get into a routine and help learn to control his bladder.

Paper training also works but really should be avoided if possible because your beagle will get into the habit of going on paper in your house. This is not always desirable because the whole point of potty training is to get your beagle to go to the bathroom outside not inside. It does have some benefits though such as covering your floor with paper so he doesn’t damage it. But then when it comes time to go outside, he may look for a spot covered with paper which may confuse him if he doesn’t find it.

The main thing you should remember is to be persistent and stay determined when potty training a beagle puppy. Doing so will greatly help your puppy realize that you want him to go potty in a certain spot. And after your beagle is potty trained you can relax and enjoy your wonderful dog.

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House Training Chihuahua Tips

Author: Jack Sinclair

House training your new Chihuahua is easy when you start with firm consistent rules. The biggest problem with Chihuahuas “doing their business” usually relate back masters who are inconsistent with their reactions to good and bad behaviors.

New chihuahuas will have no idea where the bathroom is unless you make it very clear to her (or him), so the first thing you should do with a new chihuahua is spend time with them and let them know where things are…the place to sleep, the toys, and the bathroom.

Chihuahuas by nature will just go when they have to, and are rather carefree about it at first, so you will need to spend time around her, and help her to know the rules and procedures.

If your chihuahua has been with you for a while, and she (or he) is still making mistakes, then you should first know that these loving dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. This means you should spend most of your time on commending good behavior rather than discliplining your chihuahua when mistakes are made.

If you want to correct any problems with peeing or pooing in the house, confine your chihuahua to a small room when he sleeps at night, since they dislike using their sleeping area for a toilet. First thing in the morning, take your dog out to where you want her “area” to be, and keep her there until the business is done. Then commend her, and be very affectionate, and use a soft voice. This bonds the chihuahua with you, and creates a desire to repeat the experience.

If you have been active in disciplining your chihuahua and are feeling frustration, you might want to know that chihuahuas are pain avoiders, so she might be running off and doing the business in a secret spot, and disappearing before you discipline her. Again, positive reinforcement is the key to getting your chihuahua house trained and happy.

If punishment is used, it should only be given when catching her in the act, or within a few seconds of the bad behavior, otherwise the dog won’t know why you are angry. Punishment should only be a stern voice and facial expressions, since chihuahuas are very perceptive. Beating your dog is not a good idea, since it will create avoidance behaviors (example: do not poo on the living room carpet), rather than focused good behaviors (poo in the garden near the fence).

Male chihuahuas have “marking” built into their brain, and you will not change them. Basically, they can pee on demand. You can teach your male to go to a particular spot when he wants to mark. One woman had a house-bound male, and succeeded in paper training him by laying plastic down, then paper, then put a full bottle on top that was covered in dog urine. She then worked with her male dog to give him praise when he urinated on the bottle.

Other more methods of house training include crate training and outdoor training, so you might want to investigate these methods if you are not having success within 4 weeks.

If you are at your wits end after using everything mentioned here, you should get advanced help, because sometimes professional advice is the only thing that can bring success in house training your chihuahua.

Chihuahuas are smart, loving dogs, and a joy to have when they learn the rules and respect you, so be kind and firm, and enjoy your time with your little buddy.

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Housebreaking Your Dog – The Training

Author: Wayne Kostencki

Housebreaking Training

Dogs are instinctively clean animals. If they can avoid it, they would rather not soil themselves or their usual eating and sleeping areas. Dogs also naturally develop habits of where they would like to eliminate. For example, dogs that have a habit of eliminating in the back yard would prefer not eliminate on concrete or gravel. You can use these natural instincts for speedy and successful house training.

CAUTION: If a dog or especially a puppy is not allowed eliminate at certain times, he will most likely have an accident. Don’t wait for the dog to ask to go out. Assume that he has to and take him for his walk.

Like most things, housebreaking takes time and repetition. A puppy has to relieve himself six or more times a day, whereas an adult dog doesn’t have to eliminate so often. It is up to you as an owner to tell your dog where and when to eliminate.

A perfect dog with a perfect owner can be fully trained by six to nine weeks old, but remember that a large part of the training is your responsibility. When dogs are that young, you must watch them constantly and be able to recognize the signs of imminent elimination to help the puppy along. Your dog will understand the concept in less than a few weeks, but it may take several more weeks before your dog stops having accidents. Both you and your family are training your dog. Later, after he is trained, you must learn his new signals such as running back and forth between you and the door or whining to be let out.

HINT: Don’t forget the weather. Plan to get a dog when the weather is nice. You and the new dog will be making plenty of trips outside. Getting a dog in winter is fine, but remember to bundle up while you wait for the dog to finish his business.

Begin training as soon as you obtain your new dog. If your new dog is a puppy that was raised by its mother, it will already understand that some areas are okay for elimination and some areas are not. Its mother has already taught him this; you just need to transfer this learning to your preferred areas.

Keep your temper. Remain calm and patient. Your dog can sense your mood. Becoming angry and frustrated will cause the dog to be fearful and slower to learn.

CAUTION: If your veterinarian asks you to keep your puppy indoors until a certain age because of illness or other reasons, please follow his advice.

The use of a command word can help your dog become housebroken much faster. This is because the word you use will quickly be associated with the act of elimination and your dog will know immediately upon hearing the command word that he is outside to take care of business and not to just play. Just make sure that the word you use is something you won’t use for anything else. Most dogs eventually learn commands very well and will obey their owner without question. I would hate for your dog to immediately relieve himself in the house, in front of guests, upon hearing his special command word. The command word will also do two other things. In the cold or rain it will help the dog to get to the point and get both of you back into the warm, dry house more quickly. It will also help if the need ever arises for the dog to relieve himself in an unfamiliar place.

Repeat the command every time you go out with the dog with emphasis whenever he starts to eliminate. The shorter the command word, the more you can repeat it, and the more you imprint it on your dog’s memory. In the beginning, timing is crucial. The closer the command word is repeated to the actual elimination, the quicker the conditioning.

If after 10 minutes, he hasn’t gone, bring him in and watch him. Don’t bring him back out until his next scheduled time or until his behavior indicates that he needs to go.

For the first two weeks wait a few minutes after your dog eliminates to make sure he does not need to go again.

HINT: Make sure that during the walk your dog is literally ‘pooped out’ and not just tired, otherwise he may eliminate again once back in the house.

In the beginning, when you do clean up an accident, place the feces or dirty rag in the place you wish your dog to go in the future. When the dog smells this, it will stimulate his urge to relieve himself in that particular place.

Once the dog is housebroken you can begin varying the procedure. If the procedure becomes too ingrained in the dog then he will learn only to go in a certain place at a certain time and in a certain way. This will soon become troublesome if for any reason this procedure is not followed. Change it up, let other people take him out as some dogs become dependant on their owner and won’t go for anyone else.

Fear versus Respect

You will always get better results when your dog respects you as opposed to if he fears you. In the wild dogs do not fear the Alpha, they respect him. It should be the same way in the home.

While training, never just let your dog out the door. Until he is properly trained, he may romp and play and forget to do his business. Of course as soon as you let him back inside he will suddenly remember to eliminate. You also need to be there to repeat the command word and to praise him when the deed is done. Remember that praise is the most effective tool an owner can use.

I don’t recommend paper training unless it is going to be one of the ways you let you dog eliminate forever. If you choose to paper train and want to try the special puppy pads, you can try those medical blue pads that they sell at any medical supply store. They usually cost much less than the puppy pads.

When a puppy firsts comes home, don’t overwhelm him. Give him a small den with a sleeping box to confine him in until he is at ease. Use a towel or blanket and maybe a toy or two to make the den comfortable.

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Indoor Potty Training for Dachshund Puppies

Author: Joe Smith

Indoor potty training is the way to go if you have a dachshund puppy. This is true for miniature dachshund puppies as well as for those of the standard variety. I love dachshunds in general but am partial to the miniature dachshund. This article is primarily meant for those who have a single dachshund puppy.

Indoor training will spare you some of the unpleasantries of having a dachshund that must go outside. Who wants to get up at 5 AM in the morning, when it is rainy or cold or, when you are watching a great movie? It is also better on the dachshund’s bowels and bladder if they can go potty anytime they want.

Start the potty training as soon as possible once you get your new best friend home. Dachshund puppies are quite small so even if they do make a mess it is no big deal. However, having them make a mess on a hard floor is preferable as it is much easier to clean than if they go on carpet. For the first few days you have your doxie at home, I suggest you have them mostly contained to a room with a hard floor…like in a bathroom. Don’t worry, you can get them out to play and can go into their area to spend as much time with them as you wish. I suggest having some Nature’s Miracle around when a mess on the carpet (it will happen) does occur. You will be amazed at the power and efficiency of this product.

Place everything your dachshund puppy needs in the contained area i.e. their bed, food and, potty. If you are lucky, the breeder has already initiated the paper training which will make it easier for you and your dachshund puppy. Start the puppy’s training off on some newspaper. If and when they make a mess on the floor put a little of the pee or poop on the newspaper or preferably between a few pieces of newspaper. They will smell this and will begin to associate this as the place for them to do their business. Some people utilize wee wee pads but I never did.

Very gently chastise your dachshund puppy when they don’t perform well; they will feel the disappointment in your voice. Never yell at them as they are incredibly sensitive and will be very hurt. They very much want to please you! Do not praise them or give them a treat when they make a mistake. Just keep working with them and your dachshund puppy will soon get it right. When they do get it right praise them and give them a treat. Your puppy will be so happy! It won’t be long until they start getting it right most of the time! You will develop your own little system as times goes by.

One purpose of this article is to spare you some of the mistakes I’ve made over the years. My mini dachshund (Charlie) is almost 12 years old and I have experimented with several indoor potty techniques over the years. I started off with newspaper (paper training) but as your dachshund puppy grows, you will tire of them stepping in their own urine, transferring urine or, having the urine drain off the newspaper onto the floor.

Dachshunds have a quirk where if their front paws are on the paper they think their entire body is on the paper. This causes a number of near misses…especially since their body is long like a hot dog. Improvement was made when I placed a plastic hallway runner under the newspaper. At some point, I then purchased a large litter box and then placed newspaper in that and a hallway runner under the litter box.

You will so love your dachshund puppy that messes won’t matter much. However, as years go by, the messes have a way of growing on you. Once Charlie got into his 10th year or so I started to get quite tired of dealing with the messes. It is a labor of love however and unavoidable.

Just recently, I discovered and purchased a Wizdog Indoor Potty System. How I wish I had discovered this years ago! Wizdog consists of a large plastic pan with a separate plastic grate on top. You place newspaper in the bottom of the device. The dog does it’s business on top of the grate and the urine falls into the tray below. No more wet footprints or urine on the floor. The poop is easy to clean off the top of the grate. This is so much better than the intermediate steps I went through over the years. Charlie is taking to this upgrade well—messes transferred to the floor have decreased dramatically. I’m happier now too as the messes are more contained and much easier to clean. Wizdog and Nature’s Miracle can be found and purchased through my dachshund and pet oriented site.

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House Training Your Dalmatian

Author: John Mailer

When house training your Dalmatian puppy, you will need to take him out frequently and at regular intervals: first thing in the morning directly from the crate, right after meals, after the puppy has been napping, or when you notice that the puppy is looking for a spot.

Choose more or less the same place to take the puppy each time in order to establish a pattern. If he does not go immediately, do not return him to the house because he will probably relieve himself the moment he is inside.Stay out with him until he has finished; then be generous with your praise for his good behavior.

During basics dog training if you catch the puppy having an accident indoors, grab him firmly and rush him outside, sharply saying “No!” as you pick him up. If you do not see the accident occur, there is little point in doing anything except cleaning it up, because once it has happened and been forgotten, the puppy will most likely not even realize why you are scolding him.

If you live in a big city or are away many hours at a time, having a dog that is house trained to go on paper has some very good advantages. In order to do this, proceed the same way as taking the puppy outdoors, except this time you place the puppy on the newspaper at the proper time.The paper should always be kept in the same area.

A simple tip during basics dog training to paper train a puppy is if you have a playpen is to line the area with newspapers; then gradually remove a section of it until you are down to just one or two.

The puppy acquires the habit of using the paper; and as the prepared area grows smaller, the dog will usually continue to use whatever paper is still available. It is pleasant, if the dog is alone for a long period of time to be able to feel that if he needs it the paper is there and will be used.

The puppy should form the habit of spending a certain amount of time in his crate, even when you are home. Sometimes the puppy will do this “voluntarily, but if not, he needs to learn to do so, which is done by leading him over by his collar, gently pushing him inside, and saying firmly, “Down” or “Stay.”

Whatever expression you use to give a command, stick to the very same one each time for each act. Repetition is very important in dog training as well as association with what the dog is expected to do. When you mean “Sit” always say exactly that. “Stay” should mean only that the dog should remain where he receives the command. “Down” means something else again.

Do not confuse the dog by shuffling the commands, because this will create basics dog training problems for you. As soon as he had his shots, take your puppy with you whenever and wherever you can. Nothing builds a self-confident, stable dog like socialization, and it is very important that you plan and have the time and energy to do this.

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Paper Training An Adopted Dog

Author: Gina Meyer

Adopting a new puppy is without doubt one of the things that bring delight and squeals from children. It is a happy occasion for both you and the family. However, a puppy, cute and cuddly as they are will, as all dogs do, mess in the home. The newest member of the household has to be potty trained as soon as the very first day.

You should note that dogs could hold their bladder up to five hours, not more than that. In fact, dogs being territorial animals will mark the territory by urinating every few feet or so. When your dog is new to a particular place that has not yet been marked by other dogs, expect your dog itching to mark every nook and cranny of the house, worse, that includes the rugs and carpets. The following will take you step-by-step through to potty train the pup.

Since you are expecting the pup to urinate you would likely anticipate that it is bound to happen. Once you see a pup raising a hind leg, carry him outside to a designated place where the pup could relieve himself. Typically a pup that is good for adoption is about three months old. That also means that the puppy could hold his bladder for at least three hours. Refrain from waiting for that. Bring the puppy out every two hours counting from the time when you first brought him outside. You will need to establish a routine and a schedule. Dogs respond well to schedule and routine. Routines, repetitions, and schedules are the main tools used in training.

Use the same area each time. When you are trough playing with the puppy, go to the spot. When the puppy has finished eating, go to the spot. Every two hours after that, go to the same spot. Sooner or later, the puppy will get the idea. All it takes is patience and how ready you are because bringing home a new dog to the house will take responsibility. The hardest part is just until the puppy gets used to the routine. Until then, everything hangs on your commitment to raising a housebroken dog.

Likewise, feed your dog on a regular schedule. That way you could predict and better control the time when the puppy will be relieving itself.

In the same manner, young puppies will need to relieve itself during the night. A young puppy is generally regarded as less than four months old. If so, do give water to the puppy before bedtime. Puppies that are four months or more make it overnight. When the puppy wakes up, the initial urge is to urinate, bring him to the spot. After a nap, do the same. Establishing routines and getting the puppy accustomed to the spot will make him go there eventually without being led.

Even behind all these, accidents could happen. If the pup soiled a rug, a piece of paper or pieces of item, place the items in the spot. It will give the puppy the hint what the spot is for.

It is also important to praise the puppy the very moment after the puppy has relived himself in the spot designated. That will reinforce the idea and go there every time.

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Toilet Training Puppies – A Paper Training How To

Author: Johnathon Edwards

Paper training is essentially how to train a puppy which will be inside to eliminate solely on newspaper. The newspaper is easily able to be collected and disposed of once used, is absorbent, cheap and readily obtainable and is located in an area you designate.

Of the different puppy training techniques people in an apartment who have no backyard or people who are not able to get outdoors such as the ill or aged will find this the best choice. Large dogs can produce too much waste to deal with so this method is best suited for smaller to medium dogs.

As a general rule it is best to start toilet training at 7 or 8 weeks because puppies younger than 7 weeks have not developed adequate discipline for the conditioning to be effective. Start as soon as you get your puppy home and institute a set food timetable for example 8am, 1pm and 7pm. Generally puppies will take about 8 to 12 weeks however if yours is taking more time just be persistent – they will learn!

Here is how to train a puppy employing the Paper Training method…

Select an area or room of your house you would like to establish as the puppies elimination area. A corner of the kitchen or laundry is often a good spot as these rooms usually have lino flooring that is easily cleaned. Carpeted rooms are a bad idea!

In the selected region lay out the newspaper in a thick layer over the entire surface. If it’s a place with little traffic then cover the whole floor. If you have chosen an area of a room make the spread of newspaper pretty large. You will have to confine the movement of your puppy solely to the newspapered area, which you can do by putting up barriers, to keep them on the paper.

You want your puppy to eliminate only on the newspaper and acquire a powerful connection between elimination and the paper. Initially they will go pretty much anyplace on the papered region and will start to develop that association. To do that it is essential for the initial 2 or 3 weeks that your puppy solely goes on the newspaper and it is a good plan to confine the puppy to the papered area unless puppy’s sleeping, eating, being played with or being actively supervised. Actively supervised means 100% attention so that no accidents with off paper elimination occur!

All puppy training techniques are exactly the same in this one regard. Every time puppy eliminates somewhere you would like them to, present a treat and heaps of praise to strengthen the learning. Professionals understand how to train a puppy more efficiently with positive reinforcement and it will make any training quicker. Essentially the rule is reward the correct behavior and pay no attention to the wrong behavior.

After two weeks you can check the progress of the association by shrinking the papered area of the floor while still keeping your puppy confined as above. The puppy will begin using the newspaper of it’s own accord if it has had sufficient time to get used to eliminating on the paper. If puppy eliminates off paper simply extend the newspaper area and give them more time to acquire the association.

You can continue to shrink the newspapered area and give greater access to the house when puppy is reliably eliminating on the paper. Just remember persistence is the key!

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Paper training your dog: How to do it and common problems

Author: maxpow01

What options other than paper training do I have for my dog’s house training?
There are two ways of effectively, efficiently, and rapidly house training your dog. Paper training is one; the other is something called crate training.

Crate training is based on a dog’s basic dislike of soiling where she sleeps, and involves restricting the dog’s movement (by putting her in a crate, or small indoor kennel) whenever she cannot be actively supervised.

The difference between crate training and house training?

Paper training and crate training aren’t the same thing. Crate training is where you train your dog to only go outside; paper training is where you train your dog to only go on newspapers.

You cannot train your dog to do both at the same time – the two are mutually exclusive. She’ll get confused, and you’ll only prolong the training process.

You can choose to use paper training as an intermediary step for eventually only eliminating outside (although not everyone recommends this: it’s easier on the dog, and more effective all round, to choose one method and stick with it.)

Why should I choose paper training instead of crate training?

Crate training and paper training are both effective ways to house train your dog.

In general, it’s accepted (by most dog trainers and vets) that crate training is the fastest method of house training your dog; but it requires a considerable investment of time and effort, which is not an option for everyone.

Paper training is the best option for you if:

- You don’t have easy access to a yard (for example, you live in a hi-rise apartment block)

- It’s not easy for you to take your dog outside for any other reason (for example, elderly or unwell people)

- You have a full-time job, or other time-consuming commitment which can’t be got around (meaning that you’re not able to spend the large amounts of time supervising your dog that crate training requires)

- You’re planning on training your dog to go outside the house eventually, but not just yet (for example, it’s the dead of winter with four-foot snow drifts outside)

Crate training is the best option for you if:

- You have a medium to big dog

- You are able to spend a lot of time during your puppy’s first weeks of house training in actively supervising her, and are available during the day to let her out of the crate at two- or three-hour intervals

- You want to train your dog to go outside the house right from the start

Paper training isn’t suitable for all dogs: it really only works for small males and small-to-medium females, since a dog larger than these just produces too much waste for the newspaper (and you!) to handle.

How to paper train your dog?

First, pick a convenient area of the house for your dog to use as the elimination area. Because she’s going to be peeing and pooping in this area, it’s best if you can choose somewhere without carpet: most people choose a corner of the kitchen or laundry (since these rooms usually have tiled or linoleum floors, making hygiene a non-issue.)

Spread newspaper thickly in a corner of this room. At first, you’ll need to make the newspaper area pretty big, since your pup has no idea that she’s meant to go on the paper at all.

To make sure that she’s able to eliminate only on the paper, you’ll either need to restrict her movements to the papered area of the floor (which you can do by erecting barriers to keep her in – if the room you’ve chosen is large or busy, this is probably the most user-friendly option for you), or paper the whole floor (which is a viable option if the paper-room is small and there’s not much thoroughfare.)

At first, your puppy will eliminate pretty much at random on the paper. It’s important for the paper-training process that she only gets to go on the paper – you need her to form a strong association between the feeling of paper under her toes, and relieving herself.

After a week or two, you can begin to shrink the papered area of the floor, allowing her more access to unpapered surfaces (leave the barriers where they are for now so she doesn’t get the chance to eliminate anywhere else.)

Do this gradually, a couple of sheets at a time. If you’ve given her enough time to get used to the paper, she should naturally restrict her elimination areas as the papered area shrinks.

NOTE: If at any time she begins to eliminate off the paper, then increase the size of the papered floor surface to the size it was when she was still eliminating only on the paper, and give her more time to get used to it before beginning to reduce the papered area again.

There’s no need to panic: this doesn’t mean that the paper training isn’t working, it just means you’re moving a bit too fast for your puppy’s capabilities.

Most dogs take a couple of months (eight to twelve weeks) to get used to the paper training method. Until she’s reliably going on the papers only, you should restrict her access to the rest of the house unless you’re actively supervising her- which means 100% of your attention is focused on the pup.

In general, a good rule of thumb is that your puppy is confined to the papered area unless she’s sleeping, eating, or being played with/actively supervised.

Things you should do are

- Praise her effusively whenever you see her eliminating on the paper. Wait ’til she’s done (so you don’t distract her!) and praise her, pet her, and give her a treat.

- If you catch her in the act of eliminating off-paper, this is actually a great opportunity for training development. Interrupt her with a clap, loud verbalization (“Ah-ah-aaaah!”), or slap your open palm loudly on the wall. This will startle her – in most cases, she’ll actually stop mid-toilet and hunch down. Scoop her up immediately and put her on the paper. When she finishes, praise her hugely and give her a treat.

- If you come across an accident after the fact (a wet spot or pile on the unpapered floor), you’ve missed your window of opportunity to teach her not to do this. You can’t tell her off in this case, because she won’t understand what she’s done wrong; all you can do is clean it up and supervise her more carefully. If this is happening a lot, you’ve given her too much freedom in the house and not enough supervision: restrict her access to the unpapered floor, and step up the supervision.

- Feed her at specific, scheduled times (for example, a meal at 8 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm) to encourage her to develop an “elimination timetable”.

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Paper Training – Should You Use It?

Author: Claire Yeung

Are you wondering how paper training can help you with potty training your puppy? The concept of it is very simple; in fact, it’s exactly like training your puppy to eliminate outdoors, only you are training him to eliminate on newspapers placed around the house. In general, it is to be used as a temporary solution for those who cannot be around to watch their puppy for long periods of time or those who don’t have easy access to a yard (live in an apartment).

It is not recommended to use paper training for more than a temporary solution, as it teaches your puppy to eliminate indoors, which could cause outdoor potty training to take longer. The longer you have your puppy eliminating on paper indoors, the longer it will take to train him to eliminate outdoors. Unlearning a habit is always more difficult than learning a habit. However, many owners have found it to be helpful when used in combination with crate training and outdoor potty training. One effective way to help with the transition to outdoor training is to gradually move the papers closer and closer to the door, eventually leading the puppy outside.

Tips for paper training:

  • Move papers around regularly, as always putting them in the same location may teach your puppy to eliminate on that one spot all the time, instead of following where the papers are
  • Putting wax paper or plastic under the papers can save your floor from stains and odors
  • Clean the area under the papers with odor eliminator daily
  • Dispose of papers after every use, but keep lightly soiled ones under fresh ones to help guide your puppy to the proper spot

Paper training can be helpful if you don’t have easy access to a yard or are away from home for hours at a time. When used in combination with crate training and outdoor training methods, you can eventually train your puppy to eliminate outdoors.

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Potty Training Dogs – Paper Training Vs. Crate Training

Author: Adrian Van Drunen

You have just introduced a new dog to the family, a cute cuddly canine that as of right now knows no difference between going on the grass and soiling your carpet, you now have to learn about potty training dogs. There are to ways to go about potty training dogs, one is paper training, the other is crate training. Both methods are equally as effective and both with their own plus’s and minus’s.

Paper training is generally considered the easier of the two methods; this involves designating a specific area within your house as an area where you train your dog to use as a washroom. This is most often an area in the kitchen or laundry room. You quite often barricade the dog in this area and praise them when they use the area covered in paper to relieve themselves. Over time you will shrink this area. Crate training is a more difficult and labour intensive method but offers the added convenience of having them relieve themselves outside. In this method your dog is never left unsupervised outside of their crate. You ensure your dog is let out before going into the crate and immediately after being let out of the crate. The crate method requires you to be home in the beginning to ensure the dog is never left to long with out breaks. The Paper method is not generally suggested for larger dogs as the messes they make are proportional to their size, even the most absorbent paper will not catch it all.

As you can see, the two methods for potty training dogs are both good methods. You must decide which method suits your family, your household and your lifestyle the best.

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Easy Steps to Paper Training Your Dog

Author: David Marshall

First, Choose a specific area of the house for your to use as toilet area, pick a area such kitchen or laundry this area are free of carpet and making easy for clean.

Place newspaper thickly in a corner of this room. Spread the newspaper area pretty big, since your pup has no idea that she’s meant to go on the paper at all. Watch the dog carefully and as soon as you notice it to whimper, sniffing the ground and running in circles, bring the dog immediately the spot where you want it to do its business. When the dog goes potty in the right newspaper-covered spot, praise it lavishly, before removing the soiled paper.

Replace the newspaper and spread in a select area where your dog used as a toilet. At first, your puppy will eliminate pretty much at random on the paper. It’s important for the paper-training process that she only gets to go on the paper. If your dog make an accident simply wash the area with warm water and rinse with diluted vinegar to kill the odor the dog has left.

When your dog is consistently eliminating on the newspaper start to take some pieces away until eventually it only has one or two pieces of newspaper left to wee on.

Use terms for “going potty” consistently and praise him when it goes potty on the right spot. Have treats available to give the dog rewards when it has done the right thing quite well.

Feed your dog at specific, scheduled times (for example, a meal at 8 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm) to encourage her to develop an “elimination timetable”. This will help you and the dog avoid accidents during a time when it is difficult to move to its potty spot.

With this practical steps and consistency and care you could teach your dog to eliminate at the right place using paper training.

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