Paper Training Your Puppy

An alternative to using crate training to help potty train, is to paper train your puppy. You can use either newspapers or special potty pads that are scented to encourage your puppy to eliminate on the potty pad. The idea is to gradually decrease the use of the paper/potty area, and also to move from using the paper inside the house to outside the house, then outside without the paper or pads.

One Important Note

I believe crate training is the best and most important tool for potty training your puppy. However, I am realistic because people have to go to work or school during the day. You cannot leave a puppy in the crate for more than a few hours at a time.

Unless you are going to come home every few hours, or have a dog walker come over every few hours and take your puppy to go potty, then paper training may be a good situation for you. Paper training may be used in conjunction with crate training, but not as a substitute in my opinion.

The downsides to paper training is that:

  • Your puppy will be going potty inside the house for a time.
  • You will have to double-train your puppy using a crate at the same time, or at a later time.
  • Puppies don’t always hit the paper or potty pad.

Some of the upsides to paper training are:

  • You can leave to go to work and school without having to come home during the day.
  • Your puppy will have his own area to move around in and go potty when he needs to.

It may smell a little during this training period, but what is your alternative if you are gone all day? DO NOT leave your puppy in the yard all day, or your puppy will take a very long time to potty train, and may never learn. Then you would never want to let your dog into your house, and this is not the reason you got a dog in the first place.

Paper training will take patience, and the puppy should never be punished for making mistakes. They should be praised and rewarded for doing things correctly, not punished for doing the wrong thing. There will be accidents, this is just inevitable, no matter what training technique you use.

If your puppy does have an accident, be sure to clean the area thoroughly with an enzymatic cleaner to eliminate the odors completely. Your puppy will return to the same spot to eliminate if any smell remains, so make sure you clean it well.

Paper Training Basics

The key to paper training is to enclose your puppy in an area, such as a kitchen, laundry room, garage, etc. and to have potty pads or newspapers set out in one corner for their potty area. Do not give them too much room. Give them just enough room to have a place to sleep, a place for water, some room to move around, and a place in the corner to go potty.

Choose only one area to confine your puppy. This area should have a hard floor, not carpet. Once you choose where you will confine your puppy, use this area only. Do not move the area around, do not leave paper or potty pads anywhere else in the house other than in their confined area where they will stay when you go to the store, go to work, go to dinner, etc. Use an x-pen or gates to confine your dog and to create a cozy space for them.

To teach them to go on the paper, simply put them on the leash and lead them to the paper or potty pads. Give the command to ‘go potty’ and allow them to sniff around. Keep telling them this command until they go. Once they go potty, give them lots of praise. Make a big deal about it and make sure your puppy knows they did a good job.

If your puppy does not go potty, go play with them for a while, and return and try again after about 10 minutes. You may also want to wait until your puppy eats or drinks water first, then take them over to their paper or potty pads and repeat the process.

By doing this for a few times, your puppy will quickly learn that the paper or potty pads is where they are supposed to go potty. This will be your puppy’s area whenever he is out of his crate and you cannot watch him, or if you have to leave. By using this technique, WITH other proper potty training techniques such as crate training and training them to go potty outside, your puppy will quickly be potty trained.

You can learn more about paper training to easily potty train your puppy.

Easily Housetrain Your Puppy in a Weekend?

If you are like any dog owner, then you want to potty train your puppy as fast as possible. If you get your puppy on a Friday, then you probably want to house train them in a weekend. Is this possible?

I do suggest that you get your new puppy on a Friday, work with your pup over the weekend, and also take a week’s vacation to be with your puppy the following week. This is the best way to introduce a new dog into your household. If you work with your new dog over this time, they should be very well potty trained by the time you have to go back to work, school, or what have you.

(Please note that your puppy’s bladder still will not be fully developed and they still cannot hold their potty, so you will still have to make plans for getting your puppy out every few hours to go potty.)

I am also realistic. Most people won’t take vacation to work with their puppy, for various reasons. So again, get your puppy as early as possible on a Friday. If you could take a Friday off of work and get your new best friend early that day, this will give you a full extra day to house train your dog.

If you have three full days to work with your puppy, then you can have good success with your house training. I am sure that you have been looking around the internet for information, and have probably seen other sites guaranteeing success in a weekend.

Be aware that, while your puppy can learn the principles of house training in a weekend, and can seemingly be house trained in that time, a weekend is NOT enough time to have a fully potty trained dog. You will be on your way, though. Your puppy can basically learn where it is appropriate to go potty in a weekend.

And, while you are home with them during the weekend, they can have good success. But, what about when Monday comes along and you have to go back to work. Young puppies cannot hold their bladder. The basic rule is that your puppy can hold their bladder one hour more than his age in months. So, a 2 month old puppy can hold his bladder for 3 hours, a 3 month old puppy can hold it for 4 hours, etc.

Your puppy may be different. Your dog’s ability to hold their bladder may vary, and this will depend on the breed, the amount of water and food they eat and when, the amount of play, and other factors.

So, now that I have said all that, when you go back to work your puppy is not fully potty trained and cannot hold their potty all day while you are gone. You will either have to come home every few hours to take your puppy out for a potty break, or have a dog walker come in every few hours for a potty break.

Your puppy house training is not complete over a weekend. Potty training is an ongoing thing that may take months for your puppy to be completely trusted in your home, and for his bladder to be fully developed before you can call your puppy house trained.

Read more on house training your puppy quickly and easily.

Obedience Dog Training and Choosing a Good Dog Trainer

Obedience dog training is a great way to teach your puppy how to listen to you, how to behave, and generally how to grow up and mature into a well-mannered adult dog.

The easiest and cheapest way to start obedience training is to take your puppy to group training. The advantage of going to an organized puppy obedience class is that your puppy can interact with other dogs and learn critical social skills. The disadvantage is that you and your puppy may not get the individual attention that your puppy may need.

I have talked to many people, and heard many other stories, about pet owners taking their dogs to group dog training classes and they either didn’t get much out of it, or they were even asked to leave. This is because the dog trainer couldn’t help, or handle, the dog. These dogs really need one-on-one obedience training.

Some of the trainers that teach group classes don’t have much real world experience in training. But, you can find very good dog trainers at some of these classes though. No matter if you choose to go to group dog training classes, or if you prefer to have a trainer work one-on-one with you and your dog, you will follow the same steps in looking for and choosing a trainer.

  1. It is up to you to find out who is teaching the class, and to research this dog trainer. Look for a dog trainer that has many years experience, and find out what associations they belong to, and what certifications they have.
  2. You also want to ask for references. The more the better, and FOLLOW UP! Don’t just look at the list. Call people on the list and ask them questions. Were they satisfied? Why or why not? This is your dog, so you want a trainer who has very satisfied clients.
  3. Have a budget in mind, but don’t go by price alone. You get what you pay for. Find out what kinds of services they offer, and find out what training techniques they use. Are they humane, and are you comfortable with the technique they use?
  4. Ask to sit in on a training and watch them. If they won’t let you watch them in action, what are they trying to hide? If you can watch them, how do they interact with the dog? Are they successful with training the dog? Do they act comfortably and in control, or do they seem ill at ease, or do they get upset easily? You want a dog trainer that is ALWAYS calm, comfortable, and in control, no matter what the dog does. And believe me, dogs can really act crazy at times.

If you follow these simple steps, you should find a great trainer for your dog, whether you choose to take your puppy to a class training, or if you choose to use a dog trainer for one-on-one training. Good luck and good dog training.

House Training a Puppy with Diarrhea

House training a puppy who has diarrhea or irregular bowel movements can be a little challenging. There may be a few reasons your puppy has loose stools. Let me also say, that you should always consult with your veterinarian if your puppy does develop diarrhea.

First, make sure your puppy is not eating something he shouldn’t be. Puppies like to explore, and they tend to find things and eat them. This can easily cause loose stools or diarrhea. Part of your puppy house training is making sure to puppy proof your house.

Second, do not feed your puppy any people food. Your puppy’s digestive system cannot handle it, and they may develop loose stools or diarrhea.

Third, for young puppies under 12 weeks old, your vet probably has you feeding your puppy around 3 times a day. Every dog is different, and their digestive systems are different. Some puppies may need to be fed 4 or 5 smaller meals a day as their systems develop. This will help avoid overloading their digestive system, and allow time to digest their food. This can help your puppy avoid loose stools or diarrhea.

You will have your work cut out for you. You will basically be doing the same house training for your young puppy with diarrhea as a puppy without, but much more frequently.

You will really have to keep an eye on your dog and read his body language. As soon as you get your new puppy, your puppy house training needs to include learning what your dog is telling you. Yes, your puppy can tell you when he has to potty.

Depending on how bad your puppy has diarrhea, you may just want to set up a schedule of taking your puppy out every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, or whatever seems best to let your sick puppy releive himself and to avoid any accidents in your house.

You will also probably want to fast your puppy. This means that you should not feed him for up to 12 hours, until he stops defecating. After fasting your puppy, you may also want to start with feeding your puppy some plain canned pumpkin, or some boiled chicken with rice.

As always, anytime your dog has any health issues, you should consult with your vet for help. They may suggest you bring your puppy in for testing to make sure your puppy’s diarrhea is not something more serious. You also need to make sure your dog does not get dehydrated, which is a danger with diarrhea.

If your puppy does get diarrhea, you will be in a tough position. If it’s a weekend, then you should be able to take care of him without a problem. If your puppy happens to get sick during the work week, then you may have a dilemma.

You have a puppy now. You will either have to stay home from work to make sure your puppy is taken care of, or have someone else take care of them. Preferably, this should be someone who has been taking part in your puppy’s house training, or someone who has experience in house training a puppy with diarrhea. Do not leave your puppy alone.

A puppy with diarrhea is a delicate situation, but this is a defining moment in your puppy house training. You must take the good with the bad, and this may be bad. But it is your responsibility.

How Long Will Potty Training my Puppy Take?

I get asked this question all the time. “Just how long will it take to potty train my puppy?”

The answer is, it depends. Wow! What an enlightening answer.

This is the truth though. There are many factors that come into play when working on your puppy potty training. Such factors as:

  • What technique you choose to use.
  • Will you be persistent and consistent in your training?
  • Will you follow the techniques and tips that work to house train your puppy?
  • How long will you leave your puppy alone?
  • Are you very responsible?

This list could go on and on, but you may notice that I did not mention anything about the puppy. Hmm. Why is that. All the things I mentioned have to do with… YOU!

Now, there may be factors about your dog that could make it harder to potty train your puppy. You may have one of those breeds that are harder to potty train than others, you may have an older dog that needs to learn house breaking skills, or your puppy may be ill.

But, for the most part, the dog is not the main factor in house breaking success. The main factor is you. You are the one who has the responsibility to house train your puppy.

If you find a puppy potty training program that works, and follow directions, are consistent, and truly work at house training your puppy, then it will only be a matter of days before your new puppy is house trained. Now, if you do not take the responsibility to do these things correctly, then it will take a longer time and you will have more issues than normal.

Remember, your puppy potty training success will depend on you. Your puppy is not to blame for having any accidents, and there will be some. Even if you train your puppy in a few days, you must continue to work at it. Only over time will you be able to completely trust your puppy and know that he is completely house trained.

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