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Techniques for Paper Training Your Dog

Techniques for Paper Training Your Dog

Some dog owners decide to paper train their pets rather than take it outside to use the restroom. Usually, this type of training is reserved only for those dogs that will never go outside. It is also best to restrict paper training to smaller dogs (less than 20 pounds) and males that have been neutered. Otherwise, the dog will lift its leg and urinate on the wall when trying to go on the paper.

Who Not to Paper Train

In addition to large, uncut dogs, it is best to avoid paper training with dogs that will eventually need to use the restroom outside. A dog that has been paper trained has a hard time transitioning to outside toileting. Therefore, make sure you absolutely do not want the dog to go outside before beginning the training.

Make a Schedule

No matter how you intend to housebreak a dog, the first step is making a schedule. Your schedule should include potty breaks as soon as you get up in the morning, 20 to 30 minutes after the dog eats or engages in strenuous activity, and before you go to bed. It is also best to feed your pet at the same time every day because this will help regulate his digestive system and make it easier to stick to a schedule.

As a part of your schedule, you should limit your pet’s intake of fluids. Be sure to put the water dish away four hours before bedtime, but encourage your dog to drink beforehand. If your dog appears to be thirsty after you have put the water away, you can give it ice cubes. After the paper training is completed, you can resume leaving the water out all night long for your pet.

X Marks the Spot

When you take your pet to the newspaper, be sure to use the same phrase (such as “Go potty.”) every time you take it there. Over time, your pet will begin to associate those words with the act and it will respond appropriately when it hears you say them. If your pet should have an accident during training, take it over to the paper and encourage it to go potty. After your dog does go, be sure to praise him and give him a lot of affection. Then, clean up the dirty paper and replace it immediately with a fresh one.

You also need to be sure to keep the paper in the same location at all times. This way, your dog will know exactly where it needs to go when it has to go to the bathroom. Although you should clean the paper up right away, it is sometimes useful to keep a small amount of urine or feces on the paper during training because this signals to your pet where he needs to go. Be sure to give your pet plenty of room as well. A three foot by five foot spot is ideal, and the area should be closed off but still near to the family. A baby gate can be useful in creating this area. You should also include your pet’s bed or crate in the same area as the paper.

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