Paper Training

Paper training (or wee-wee pad training) follows much the same logic as teaching a dog to eliminate outdoors. You'll need to pick one central location in a private corner near your main living space, although if you live in a large house and allow your dog to roam freely, you may need to place a few auxiliary pads in faraway rooms until she is fully trained to go in the one area.

O Place four wee-wee pads in the designated area. Although you will eventually reduce the number to one or two pads (after two weeks, remove one pad a week until you're using only one or two), having four to start with prevents many initial mistakes and highlights the area visually.

2 If you have a large home, neatly place a couple of pads in frequented floors or wings, and use them if your dog needs to eliminate urgently.

3 Take your dog to the papers, saying PAPERS, after she comes out of her crate, she wakes from a nap, or any other time you suspect she might have to go. Do not look at, talk to, or interact with her while she sniffs the papers.

4 If she won't focus on the papers, have her wear a drag leash and stand there with her until she cooperates. If she still can't orient to the task, place the papers in a bathroom or mudroom and keep her gated until she goes.

5 As she's going to the bathroom, say GET BUSY. Praise her when she finishes.

6 If she doesn't go and you're sure that she must, isolate her or keep her with you on a leash. Take her back to her papers after fifteen minutes.

Note: Do not interact with your dog when you wake up in the morning or return home after a period of absence until after she's gone to the bathroom. Use warm, loving, calm praise to let her know how pleased you are.

How To Housetrain Any Dog

How To Housetrain Any Dog

Fundamentals of Dog and Puppy Training. Although dogs shouldn't be attributed with having human characteristics, they are intelligent enough to be able to understand the concept of, and execute, certain actions that their owners require of them - if these actions are asked in a way that dogs find rewarding.

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