No, we aren’t talking about training your puppy to go fetch your paper every morning. Paper training a puppy is about teaching him how when he needs to go, he has to go to a place where you have set sheets of newspaper down. You do this when you can’t take your dog out at regular intervals for some reason.
This might seem like a difficult process – paper training your puppy. But it really isn’t. You just need to know how to go about it. What you learn here should help and you’ll need patience communicating to your puppy what exactly you need him to do.
The first thing you need to do when you’re paper training a puppy, of course, is you need to go haul out a bunch of old newspapers. If you don’t have any, you have to find a friend who does. These are your main raw material.
The next thing you need to do is to decide what part of your house you wish to set aside for this. This is actually kind of important. Once you do decide on the spot, you’ll train your dog for that place, and it’s going to be hard to get him to move anywhere else should you change your mind later. It will be hard enough to train your dog to use one spot without complicating things with changing your mind.
Just choose the place that is easy for Fido to run to. It will also be a good idea to make sure that the place you pick is rather out of the way. You want to give your dog a little privacy when he is going about his business, and you want to make sure that you don’t have to step over anything on your way around the house.
To do the actual training, you need to keep an eye out for behavior that shows you that he’s anxious to go. If he is whimpering or walking about in circles or sniffing the furniture, you know what he has on his mind. Right away, you want to lead him to the spot where you have newspapers spread out all ready.
When he’s actually doing it, you want to be very enthusiastic and happy with him. He needs to see that he’s doing something great, so that he wants to do it again. To make sure that he remembers that this is the place he needs to go, when you clear that soiled newspapers out, be sure to smear a little bit of his poop on the newspapers. He’ll remember.