Puppy Training Using Paper

How to Paper-Train Your Puppy


Chances are that your puppy began on paper training when he was weaned; all the same, he is not totally housebroken as yet. He is much of an infant to recall anything very long. So let's begin again from the very basic.

What is paper training? It's a standard practice for puppies still young to go outdoors (particularly those that are not fully immunized yet), or those not physically or mentally matured— entails teaching the puppy to relieve himself on spread newspapers. Though paper training is handy, to save the trouble and possible frustration of having to retrain the pup to go outside when he is older, it's best to begin taking him outside from the onset. Even so, papers must be kept at one end of the puppy's sleeping place or den in case of emergencies. Paper training is especially suitable for small dogs and for apartment dwelling.

Blanket a three-by-four-foot area of the floor in the puppy's den using several layers of newspaper. When the floor is slippery, you have to tape down the corners of the papers to hold them in place. Following a nap, the puppy is ordinarily set to urinate. If you can be there just as he wakes, the better; if not, wake him gently after a fair period of sleep. Put him on the paper immediately. Do this the first thing every morning, after each meal or drink of water, after play periods or naps, and before bedtime. You will be surprised how soon he connects the feeling of paper below his feet with the duty asked of him. Readily praise him so he would know that he has delighted you.

Burning of all soiled papers is the most sanitary process of disposal, but during the puppy's learning, keep one soiled piece to remind him what the papers are for. Puppies, actually all dogs, would like to use a spot they've visited before, so capitalize on this throughout the early stages of paper training. All the same, remove all droppings right away so the puppy does not play with them.

For the first couple of days, cover a big area with papers so the puppy is able to find them, then slowly reduce the size of the papered real estate till it covers only a little corner of the den.

Watch him close. If you see him sniffing the floor, hurrying round and round, he possibly needs to relieve himself. Pick him up speedily and place him in the proper spot. Then be big with your praise. He might leave a trail—when he begins, he can't stop—and while one spot may be easier to clean up, keep in mind the object is to train your puppy, and the proper place must be linked with the deed.

If you want to train your puppy to go outside from the very beginning, you can do so, as long as he is fully immunized against particular canine diseases. Puppies taken outdoors could pick up disease from areas where infected dogs have urinated or defecated. The puppy is secure, however, when correctly immunized.

For dogs that will sooner or later urinate and defecate outside, this is the wiser trend. It implies that you must be set to take the puppy out the first thing in the morning— normally early morning, too—to begin with. Since a puppy requires to eliminate right after meals, that means another four trips, and yet another walk just prior to bedtime. That makes six trips at the least, particularly while the puppy is young. It might seem like more trouble than paper training, but you would not have to retrain when changing from papers to the outdoors.


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