A week ago I posted a question asking if anyone had paper trained their puppies, and a couple people said they did a little because the breeder had started it. What does that mean? I'm going to bring home my pup in a few weeks and crate train him, and I was wondering if I should then just try to get him to go outside or use paper at all. I just don't know what it means to "do it a little." Can someone explain? Also, should I use a collar or a harness to take him out? I've seen pictures of young pugs on Dogster with their harnesses on, but I would think that if you want to take the dog out to go to the bathroom, it would be easier and quicker to put on a collar. And can you take them for walks when they're that young (2-4 months)?
I have not paper trained, but my guess would be that to "do it a little" would mean to teach it to go on paper when it is really young and can't "hold it" as well, or maybe to have paper availiable, but to also work on teaching going outside, and then to gradually get them going outside all the time.If I were going to do this, I would move the paper closer and closer to the door. I would choose a collar over a harness because harnesses encourage pulling. However, your situation may be different because your dog is smaller than mine, pulling may not be as big an issue with you.
Pudgiepug, I think you should pick one way or the other. Not a little of one and some of the other. It will be very hard for your puppy to learn both at the same time. Most people recommend crate training. I crate trained my very small (4lb.) Maltese/Pom mix pup. Sometimes I wish that I had liter box trained him though, because of his small size. He can never go outside alone, and I have a fenced in back yard, but hawks, eagles or owls can get him. I stand out there with him waiting for him to do his business. The winter is approaching and I'm not looking forward to freezing my butt off waiting for him to poop. Oh well, the things we do for our dogs. Pick ONE potty training method and stick with it. I have both collar and harness for my dog. Harness is a pain to put on in a hurry. I got the harness because my dog was having some coughing/trachia problems and I thought it would be less stressful on his neck to wear a harness. If I am taking him walking, I will put on the harness. If I am just taking him in the front yard or something, I will put on the collar, it is easier to get on and off.
Adley and I are working on paper training and outdoor training. So far...so good. He's a small dog so he can't really can't hold it for a long period of time and unfortunately my job does not have a steady schedule. I praise him for going on the papers, praise when outside and scold when inside and NOT on the papers. For us, it's been working great. Adley has a collar...I am considering a harness for him because of his size though.
i would stick with the crate training all the way. paper training may allow a convenience for some small breeds who have a hard time holding it for long periods but it gives them the signal it is okay to go in the house and you will most likely have a dog who will go both in the house and outside for the rest of its life. pick 1 way and stick with it. i put harnesses on my pups when they are little. since pups don't know how to walk on leashes they tend to pull alot so this saves strain on their trachea's, especially the real small breeds such as pugs, yorkies, etc. who can have problems with collapsing trachea's. a harness can just be left on them all day. take it off at night while in the crate.
I agree with Scout. I crate trained my pups without any trouble. I've had friends the papertrained then did the outside training...and it seemed like they were training forever..We got our Bichon in February in Wisconsin, let me tell you is was cold..but I feel training just to go outside is the way...saves alot of time. I use both the collar and harness. Collar for just short trips outside, the harness when going for walks and longer stays outside. We have a 15 foot lead, attached to a clothes line between the house and garage...and put the harness on when out for longer periods say for racking the lawn and things like that. She tends to jump alot and the collar makes her cough when she pulls too much...
Never use a collar on a snub nosed breed. There can injure their windpipe very easily. Please walk your Pug only on a harness. If the breeder you are getting this pup from knows his/her breed, he/she will tell you this. (I have 4 Pugs of my own and Pug sit my sisters). As far as potty training goes, my pups were all litterbox trained until warm weather came. Made it easy if they had to go. I used a large under the bed tub. Worked great. Then when I wanted them to go outside, I moved the tub outside and soon they didn't need the tub to go in that area. Good luck with your Pug!
Wow! Has anyone else litterbox trained? How did that work? Did you have a book? I'll probably take him outside from the get-go, but litterbox training does intrigue me... By the way, my boyfriend and I went up to see the puppy at the breeder yesterday...soooooo cute, I didn't want to leave him! He fell asleep in my arms!