All About Paper Potty Training Method

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Paper training is often a solution for those people that have to leave their dog or puppy alone infrequently.

But want to have the pet understand that there is a place to eliminate other than the carpet on the living room floor.

Paper training with puppies follows the basic strategies similar to other potty training methods, in that it is designed to teach the puppy where to go, not to punish him or her for going in the incorrect location.


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Puppies quickly learn to associate a toilet area by how it feels to their feet. Once a puppy has been trained to eliminate on a particular surface type, they may have difficulty transitioning to another surface.

Paper training can sometimes make this easier, since it is easy to simply put paper down outside and get the puppy or dog to go outside on the paper, as well as in the house on the paper.

To start a paper training program with your dog or puppy follows the steps below:

  • Designate an area of a tiled or hard floor surface of the house or apartment. It is not advisable to use this technique on a carpeted area even when covered with plastic, as the dogís toenails will puncture the plastic and the urine will leak into the carpet.
  • Cover this area with the type of paper you are planning to use. Most people use newspaper or roll butcher paper. Make the area an appropriate size, so that it is about three to four times the size of the dog. Areas too small will not work for the dog physically, and areas that are too large will take up more space and will be harder to manage.
  • A potty training pad can also be used in place of paper, and has the added benefit of being treated with an attractant to encourage the puppy to use the area.
  • Allow several sheets of thickness to absorb the urine or fecal material.
  • Monitor the dog or puppy very closely.
  • At the first sign of agitation or sniffing around, circling or whining take the dog or puppy to the papered area.
  • Let them sniff around and praise them when they eliminate on the paper.
  • If they donít use the paper within 3-4 minutes remove them from the area and come back again and repeat the process.
  • Keep constant supervision of the dog or puppy.

Paper training often works best with small dogs and puppies, especially if the kennel that the puppy is from used papers. The biggest advantage to paper training is that it is very inexpensive, and is easy to do wherever you may be.

Dogs quickly learn that paper equals toilet area, and this can be set up anywhere.

The most obvious disadvantage is the odor that is associated with paper training. No matter how careful the owner is, the urine and fecal matter will be in contact with the floor surface, unless very heavy protective plastic is used between the floor and the paper.

In addition, one if the advantages of paper training - the paper equal toilet area advantage - also becomes a disadvantage if newspapers are left on the floor beside a favorite reading chair!

I hope that you learned a lot from today's potty train newsletter

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