Passive Paper Training, the Best
Alternative to the Crate!
To Me this
was the greatest discovery for making litter box training or any
kind of indoor house training as easy as possible.
method, the dog is no longer dependent on you to do so much of the
process while learning.
Due to the fact that I have had several customers
concerned about leaving their dog in the crate for so many hours
while they are at work I discovered this form of confinement and NOW
it is my preferred way of confining a dog during litter box training
or any kind of housetraining.
How To Set Up For Passive Paper Training Method:
Determine a small area (not carpeted) that will work by blocking it
off with a baby gate, using an ex-pen, or puppy playpen.
The $60 we spent on an ex-pen was a great investment! It
consists of 8 sections that you can arrange in different patterns.
A bathroom, or laundry room can work well for this.
But it is best if it can be an area close to where you and your family
spend most of their time.
Completely cover the entire floor area with paper or pads.
Place a bowl of water inside the area.
It is best not to put anything else in the area, they will potty on
Covering the entire floor area of your confined area will make it so
that your dog has no choice but to go potty on the paper or pads.
90% of the time during litter box training this is where your dog will
Of course, that really all depends on how much time you have to
dedicate to watching him closely while letting him out to play.
For those dogs who have already been going potty outside regularly, I
do not suggest taking your dog outside to play very often because it
will cause confusion and some dogs will try to hold it until you take
them outside again.
During the process of training, it is best to stick to the plan as
closely as possible, this will cause it to go much quicker.
After a short time you should begin to notice your dog going potty in
a specific area on the paper or pads.
At that time, you can begin to decrease the size of the paper or pads
little by little until it is the size of the litter box you intend to
DO NOT RUSH THIS PROCESS OR YOU WILL HINDER THE
TRAINING! YOU DO NOT WANT TO HAVE TO BACK TRACK.
Do not be sad or feel bad about your dog being confined in this
manner, it is truly best for him and his safety first of all, but it
is wonderful how it will almost entirely eradicate accidents happening
where you don't want them to.
Every time you leave to
go for a long period of time make sure you have put clean paper down
in the area.
**a FEW NOTES ABOUT
As mentioned above, During this phase of your training, you will need to
keep doggie in the confined area at all times...EXCEPT...when you take
him out for play time and exercise.
This can be in the house or outside, it is
up to you. Just remember that if your dog is used to pottying outside then
his outside playtime must be limited!
The better and harder the
play time, the easier it will be for them to relax while in their
YOUR PUPPY NEEDS SOME
SERIOUS PLAYTIME WITH YOU!
As you are progressing along with this portion of the training, you want
to know exactly how small you will need to go with your paper, which is
to be determined by the size of the litter box you are going to use.
It is crucial that The
size of your LITTER BOX remain large enough for enough for your dog to
do his circling routine (as most dogs do) before he actually does his
And depending on how
big your dog will grow will be a determining factor in choosing the
right size of box.
You may be
thinking that this is kind of a silly thing to be concerned about but
let me tell you it is NOT!
Here are some
Due to this fact, your potty box must
be large enough for them to have room to go #1 in one corner and #2 in
the other. Plus to hopefully have room to do it more than once depending
on the amount of time you are gone during the day.
Through much experience
and trial and error I have come to realize that most
dogs....90% of them do not want to go poo (#2) at the same place where
they go pee (#1).
Through experience with thousands of customers and many discovering
after their dog had become full grown they stopped going in the box or
right beside the box.
This was due to their outgrowing their box and needing a larger box.
Yes, in the beginning the puppies will chew and tear
the paper or pads.
Don't despair, that is quite normal. They are
teething ferociously and love to play.
To discourage the chewing of
the paper there are a couple of things I suggest that you do:
Make sure your puppy or dog has lots of
healthy chewies and toys available to him.
There are digestible raw hide type chews that I use and the dentabones
and many others that most puppies love.
Be diligent in taking the paper out of his
mouth, and saying at the same time loudly,"No bite!", remove the paper
from mouth and insert chewie! I then say in a happy voice,"Good bite!"
Like I mentioned above, the passive paper training is an acceptable
alternative for those who have to be away for prolonged periods of time
or those who have hectic schedules at home and it is impossible to use
the crate training method which takes a lot more time and effort.
I just plain like it better because it is easier and makes my life with
my puppy better!!!!!
Maybe you are like me and just plain don't have the time to dedicate to
doing the crate thing.
I just love the passive paper training because I have been able to train
so many at one time.
It may result in the length of the training
being somewhat longer and it might not.
You can still use the crate when you are
home and at night time if you want.
Of course, the closer you adhere to the
instructions the quicker your dog will be trained completely.
It is quite
understandable that every person's life situation is completely
different so that is another reason why I make myself available to you
for further assistance if needed. I am only a phone call or email away.
Proper Way to Discipline Puppy or Dog
When An Accident Occurs!
Now, When the puppy is
out of the crate or confinement for playtime and
ONLY WHILE YOU ARE WATCHING CONSTANTLY,
yes, like a hawk!
Make sure when you first give him freedom,
that even that is limited at first to staying in the same room if
possible of his confined area.
You must make it so that he can easily go
in and out of the confined area by himself to go potty if the need
If your dog begins to
go potty in the wrong place, this is what you need to do:
Make a loud noise
(clap hands, or say "No!") and use a firm low voice to show your
directly to the proper potty place and in a normal happy command
voice say, "Go Potty on paper!" "Good dog, go potty on
It is a good idea to keep
a leash and collar on your dog during his playtime out of his
confined area, that way it is much easier for you to get a hold
of him when he makes a mistake and then quickly walk him to the
proper potty place.
I realized that if I carry him
then it will not stick as well for him to know how to walk
himself to his potty place all by himself.
You MUST catch them in the act or don't waste your time. They
will not understand what you are doing if you try to discipline them
even minutes afterwards.
Sticking their nose
in it or spanking is counter- productive and is not recommended at
What I mean by that
is if they have gone potty and you did not catch them in the act, DO
NOT scold them, because they will not understand.
They will think you
are scolding them for what they are doing at that time. They might
think you are scolding them for chewing on their bone or playing
with their toy, if that is what they are doing at the time.
What if puppy goes potty in the wrong place and you don't catch him
in the act?
he does pee or poop where you don't want him to, and you did not
catch him in the act, quietly clean it up in a matter-of-fact way,
ignoring him as much as possible.
isn't a time to talk either lovingly or annoyed talk to him;
essentially ignore him while you do the cleanup. Certainly never
yell or physically punish him in any way.
Timing of catching
the puppy in the act in order to correct and teach is crucial and
CONSISTENCY is the key.
preventative measures you are taking, this is the second most
important facet of how they will learn the proper behavior.
So, if you are
wanting your dog to learn quickly, then it is up to you to do
everything you can to prevent him from making a mistake and when he
does to make sure and catch him in the act every time.
Good behavior must be
praised EVERY TIME you give a command and it is followed.by
REMEMBER, YOUR DOG WILL
NOT INSTINTIVELY KNOW WHERE TO GO POTTY, HE MUST BE TAUGHT AND
Praise is a powerful
force when it comes to training your dog.
He wants nothing more
than to please you. So you must show him in a way that he can
recognize that you are happy with his behavior.
Make a big deal about
him going potty in the right place.... a big deal! Use expression in
your tone of voice, stroke him, pick him up and love on him.
As I mentioned earlier
it is not necessary to use treats to reinforce positive potty
Praise , Praise, Praise!!!. Are you getting the
Of course, when you are not home you will not see when he goes potty,
but make sure you do it when you are home.
One day very soon
with the passive paper training or the crate training, puppy will
come to realize that the paper is the only place to potty.
If you have used a
big area of paper, little by little begin to reduce the area of
paper until it is the area of one paper (about the size of the
During this phase of the training, using the passive paper
training method you will not have much work to do except changing
the paper or pads and observing during playtime or free time.
that all puppies do not learn at the same speed. It will depend on
the time you spend with them and how consistent you are with
There is no reason
why any dog cannot be trained to do this. We, the trainers
must be consistent.
The stages are
important so that your puppy does not get confused.
(Actually, I believe that any size dog can be trained to do this,
but for some dogs you would need a litter box the size of a tank.)
You will not even
bring out the litter box you are planning to use until your dog is
completely paper trained.
To make sure that
your puppy or dog is completely paper trained. You will need to
make sure that he is going to the paper on his own and using it to
go potty every time.
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