Paper training a puppy is an option if you’re unable to watch him for long periods at a time or if you don’t have easy access to outdoor potty areas. There are various things you can do to expedite this process and to get your puppy to identify the newspapers on the floor as his indoor potty area.
Create a Potty Area
Making an indoor potty area for your puppy can be as simple as spreading a few sheets of newspaper on flooring that’s easy to clean. A small area of the bathroom or kitchen might work. As an alternative to newspapers you can also use puppy pads. These commercial, absorbent pads have an attractant that might stimulate your puppy to use them.
Monitor Your Puppy
To initially get your furry pal used to the indoor potty area, observe him closely. If he starts barking, pacing, sniffing or circling profusely, pick him up and place him on the newspapers, because these restless actions might all indicate that he has to go potty. Cue him with “go potty” and wait for him to do his business. When he does, praise and pet him or give him treats to reinforce his good behavior. Do this consistently, and your pet companion might start seeking out the newspapers on his own.
When you’re unable to watch your puppy for a lengthy period of time, confinement is your best bet to prevent finding unpleasant surprises all over the house. Block off a small area of the kitchen or bathroom. Put toys, food, water and your pup’s crate in the confinement area. Spread newspapers on the floor in an area that’s away from your dogs’ resting, playing and feeding area. Initially, keep the confinement area small to minimize the chance of potty mistakes. When your pup is consistently using the newspapers, gradually enlarge the confinement area.
Yelling at your pet companion or hitting him when you come home to find a smelly pile or wet puddle on the floor will only make your puppy fear you. Instead, stay calm and clean the mess with a commercial pet stain remover. This will eliminate the smell so your dog is less likely to befoul the same area again. The only time you can correct your puppy is when you catch him in the act. If you see him relieving himself in an inappropriate area, clap your hands loudly and say “no.” Your loud reaction will startle him and make him stop what he’s doing. You can then pick him up and take him to the newspaper potty area. Tell him to “go potty” when you put him on the paper, and again, throw a little party when he continues to eliminate.
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