Paper Training Puppies

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Paper Training Puppies

by Benjamin Bergmann

This paper training puppies article will give you an overview of a common housebreaking method: paper training. Paper training and crate training are the two most efficient ways to housebreak your puppy. You should decide which method you would like to use before starting the training. Both methods have their pros and cons.

If you live in a small apartment that has limited access to green spaces, the paper training method will be great. It will also be the only possible way to train your puppy if you work full-time and nobody can walk the dog while you are away.

The pros of using the crate training method are mainly all the advantages of a crate: The dog is used to the crate, so you can easily take it anywhere (e.g. traveling without risking damaged furniture in hotels etc.) and your dog can enjoy the privacy and safety of his own den. The con is that you need to buy a crate which can cost you from $50 to $150.

You can choose the training method you feel most comfortable with since both housebreak your puppy.

Today, I would like to talk about using the paper training method. The Goal of this method is to cover the whole floor of an easy-to-clean room with newspaper in order to remove it piece by piece day-by-day till only a small part of the room is still covered with it.

Start by placing the puppy?s bed into an uncarpeted easy-to-clean room you chose before. As explained, cover now the rest of the floor in this room with newspaper. As your puppy doesn't want to eliminate itself in its bed, it will use the rest of the newspaper-covered room. When coming home in the evening, just clean up the space. After a while, start removing some paper, preferably that which is furthest away from "its spot". The puppy is able to relate newspaper to toilet and using the newspaper should soon become usual to it.

If you come back home and will find pooh on the uncovered floor, please don't punish your puppy. It is not able to relate between its pooh and getting punished. But if you catch your puppy directly in the act, lower the tone of your voice. A firm "No! This is not what you should do! No!" is all what you need to make your dog understand. Afterwards take your puppy and place it back onto the newspaper. Once it goes again onto the paper, do praise it a lot. Dogs always want to please their owner, a praise is far more effective than any form of punishment.

To get your puppy used to the moving piece of paper, you can start moving the newspaper closer to your front door each day. Take the newspaper outside, when you are close to the door. Once your puppy is used to do its job outside, it will start whimpering or barking when it has the need to go for a walk.

Benjamin Bergmann is the owner of the dog training resource site Be sure to visit the site for useful dog training information.

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