Dog Training Advice: The Basics

Paper training is a specific type of house training for your puppy. The idea is to teach your puppy where in the house is the best place to pee or poo. When paper training your dog, you teach the dog to only go on newspapers, so you can put the paper in the trash afterwards.

There are different ways to house train your dog and paper train is one theory.

Crate training is based on the dogs instinct about not soiling the place where a puppy sleeps. It consists of restricting the dogs movement by putting your dog in a small indoor kennel whenever your dog cannot be supervised. What’s the difference between crate training and house training?

Paper training and crate training are entirely different. Crate training is used only to train your dog to go outside, paper training is where you teach your dog to go on newspapers.

It’s impossible to train your dog to do both at the same time. You’ll confuse your dog and it will only prolong the training.
Puppy Potty Training: Why Choose Paper Training Instead Of Crate Training
It’s said that crate training is the fastest way to house train your dog, but it involves a lot of time and effort to make it work, which isn’t always an option for everybody.

Paper training is best for people who don’t have easy access to a yard, for example, if you live in an apartment, instead of a house. Or if you have a full time job, where you cannot be around all the time.

Crate training is the best for you if you are able to spend a lot of time with your puppy in the first weeks of house training and are available during the day to let her out of the crate for 2-3 hours.

Paper training only works for small male dogs, and small to medium female dogs. Larger dogs produce too much waste for a newspaper.

Pick a spot of the house for your dog to use as a potty spot. Since they’re going to be making a mess on the newspaper, it’s best to find a spot that doesn’t have carpet. Most people use a corner in the kitchen or the laundry room. Then place think amounts of newspaper in the corner of this room. At first, make the newspaper area big, since your dog has no idea that they need to go on the paper. To make sure the dog goes on the paper, be sure to restrict the area where the dog can move around.

After awhile, you can reduce the amount of newspaper you use. Do this gradually, just a couple sheets at a time. It usually takes dogs a couple months before they get use to the paper training method.

If you catch your dog going somewhere else beside the paper, stop the dog by clapping, pick up the dog (be careful when doing so) and put the dog on the paper.
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