I will soon be once again housetraining a pup. With my previous dogs I always started with newspapers(or puppy pads) at the back door. Whenever I thought the puppy needed to go, or when I caught them making in the wrong place, I picked them up and brought them to the papers at the back door - soon the pup headed to the back door every time . Then I took away all but a small section of newspaper (to make the pee area smaller). Soon, I removed all newspapers at the back door, placed them outside where I wanted the pup to go in the yard. Now I had the pup heading towards the back door to pee- I opend the door and out we went. The reading I've been doing now, says this is the WRONG way to housetrain a pup- I should just skip the newspapers and head right outside ! My husband says my way was old fashioned- but it always worked and pretty quickly, I might add. Any suggetions from anybody who has recently or is now housetraing would be helpful.
I would tell someone to go the paper training way if they were out of the house for a large percentage or time. But if your home most of the time, then it makes more sense to potty train straight outside.