We learned last week about some basic house training for your puppy, and this week, we’re going to explore a very popular technique called paper training.
It basically involves designating a certain area in your house by marking it with waster paper. That area will be used by your puppy for potty training.
When you notice that your puppy is going to poop (yes you have to keep a close watch, or else it’s a no go) you must pick her up place her on the sheets so that she does her business on the paper.
After you clean up, cover the area again with fresh paper, and keep a slightly soiled piece in the area so that she will associate the smell of that area with her potty routine. Soon she will go there of her own accord when she needs to poop. As your puppy learns each time that she is to go to the designated area, keep reducing the area of the paper so that it reaches a consistent size.
Reinforce the fact that potty is only to be done in the marked area by immediately cleaning up accidental drops in the wrong place with diluted vinegar. This will remove the smell and will prevent the dog from associating that area with her potty again.
With a little bit of praise and encouragement, your dog is set!
Techniques for House training your puppy can vary depending on your lifestyle. Some people have their own garden where they let their dogs poop, which becomes manure after a while, so you don’t need to be present to pick it up after them.
In this case, the only requirement is that you train you dog to poop outside. The key to doing this is to have a regular schedule. If your puppy knows that he/she is going to be let out of the house at a particular time, chances are that they will time their potty. If you have several dogs already, then the puppies pick up the pattern from them.
Initially when your pups are young, try and have a separate place for them to poop. The place should be far away from the sleeping area and when you observe them getting ready to let go (Sniffing around, moving in circles), pick them up and place them there. Ideal is a piece of news paper also referred to as paper training.
I understand that this requires constant care and supervision, but hey, that’s what a puppy’s all about!
On my puppy’s potty training how do you find it best? Just rewards when he goes outside? Also how do I get him to start going to the door to let me know? I know it’s a work in progress. What do you suggest?
Each one is an individual and will learn at his or her own rate. The fundamental way to get started is to take him outside right after he has eaten or drank his water. If he does do his business, praise him well. If he does not go, then either put him in the kennel we shipped him in until he cries to get out, then at that time take him outside again. Repeat this until he does go. Then you let him run the house. I have found that the “Wee Wee pads” work very well to train them to do on paper versus anywhere in the home. You may need to place a few down in different areas at first. But as he learns you can get him used to one spot only.
If he does go in the house, scold him with a firm NO. Never hit him. This only makes him hand shy and it could lead to him to be so scared of hands that each time one is raised around him her will pee on himself from fear. I have found that patience, love and repetitive use of the same methods work wonders with any breed. Frenchies in particular are quite comical and aim to please their owners. Start training right away and the rewards will be endless.
Do contact me with any questions. Keep me posted on his progress and please share pictures of him with us.