Because I want to be thorough and I want all my clients to find answers to their housetraining questions, I've added this chapter for the very small proportion of you who would want to paper train their dog.
As I've told you in the beginning, paper training your dog is NOT the first step to housetraining. In fact, paper training would be highly confusing to your puppy if you want him to eliminate outdoor all the time since you would be teaching him that eliminating in the house is acceptable.
For those of you who live in a high-rise or are disabled, you just have to follow the seven-step technique and bring your puppy to his toilet stop. Again, you don't need to first paper train your dog in this situation. The paper on the floor in your puppy's domain is only a "cleaning up tool", not the first step to indoor training.
There is no doubt in my mind that paper training is a temporary solution. For example, your vet strictly forbids you to take your puppy outside until he's fully immunized. I also firmly believe that it prolongs the housetraining process since once your dog is ready to go outside you have to retrain him.
What I've decided to give you is a "paper management" technique. The idea is to get your puppy used to eliminate on a few pieces of paper in a designated place inside his domain. In these circumstances, I would recommend to neither reprimand nor praise your dog for going on paper. This situation is temporary and you don't want to praise your dog for relieving himself in the house.
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