Okay, my question for today is about paper training. I know I saw a post on this before, but I don't want to search through to find it right now. In addition to crate training, how many people have used or believe in using paper training to housetrain a dog? I've seen mixed opinions about it. For those of you who didn't see my post yesterday, I'm getting my pug puppy in another month or so and I'm trying to formulate a plan before I get him.
Great idea on getting ahead on stuff before the puppy gets here! Here's my take on paper training. We used it when I was a kid, cause that's just how you trained dogs then. Nowdays though,I am a firm believer in crate training, and here's why.. First, crating a dog uses the dog's natural denning instinct. Wild dogs have dens for homes, ideally the crate will be a place not just where you can put him when you are away from home so he doesn't get into anything, but also a place to where the pup can retreat too when he is overwhelmed, and where he is to be left alone for his own 'space' that is his and only his. Like a child's bedroom, if you will. Second.. when you paper train a dog, you are actually training the dog two times. First, you train the dog to go on the paper. Then you train it to go outside. This can be very very confusing for dogs. If you cut out the paper training all together and just train the dog to go outside, it's far less confusing for the dog. He learns that there's an appropriate place to go potty, and that's outside. In my experience, dogs that learn that it's ok to go in the house, be it on a piece of paper, or anywhere else, end up going in the house all their lives.
i have a pug and i have used papers sometimes. in my case it was a little different because he came papertrained from the breeder. i mostly had him going outside doing training using a crate and supervision and tethering him to me to train him. but, i work and after a while couldn't take him to work with me daily. so, on the days he was at home i put down papers for him because he couldn't hold it all day yet. and, for months he needed to go out in the night once or twice. he sleeps in my room on the floor. some nights i just had to get a full night's sleep with no interruptions. so, he and the lab slept in the kitchen with papers down. he used them just fine, and hasn't gone on scraps of paper in the house. he did great with the housetraining outside. so in my case it worked. but, i didn't strictly papertrain only and then housetrain (although the breeder did.) i think it is better to just go straight to the outdoor training, and see if you can add in papertraining some, too.
My sister paper trained her Chihuahua and I personally think its the worst thing she ever did. Manily because when she comes to visit me the dog will just go any where but her paper. But at my sisters house she is perfect with it. I no longer allow her dog in my house. I just can't have a dog peeing on my new hardwoods. My mother had boston terriers and they were crate trained. They always knew when to go outside.
Pearl, you said you left papers down for your pug when you were at work. Did you have him/her in a blocked off room? Is this after puppyhood? Are you supposed to keep the dog in the crate (when you're not home) until he's housetrained, and then he can advanced to a room blocked off with a gate?
i had (and have) mocha the pug in the kitchen with my 2 other dogs while i work. linoleum floor. i have 2 gates stacked to contain them in the kitchen. i don't keep any in crates while i am at work because i don't think it's good to be crated all day. he always used the paper in this arrangement, the others didn't and could wait. now he can wait till i get home to go. if he can't (which is rare), well there's a poop on the floor where the papers used to be, but no problem to clean up.