There are several methods used worldwide and across the internet in order to properly house train your dog, but one of the easiest and simplest methods is the ‘Newspaper Method’.
To start, you’ll need old newspapers or ‘Puppy Pads’. Newspaper is readily available in the home and it is often thrown away and wasted once the news is replaced with the following days issue. Placing enough layers of newspaper together is absorbent enough that you can replace it easily before it has a chance to properly soak through upon witnessing the dog reliving itself appropriately.
‘Puppy Pads’ are often sold in pet stores in large packs. The pads themselves are usually lightly scented and are super absorbent to deal with any mess. They do however come at a price, and you will be replacing them often several times a day. This can equate to several packs over the course of house training. The companies producing these puppy pads are often aware of the short time frame in which you as a customer will require the use of purchasing their product. And as a result, will price them accordingly for the short window of opportunity they have for customer loyalty.
For the difference in price between old newspaper and puppy pads, newspaper is just as effective.
Start by placing areas of layered newspaper in the corners of rooms throughout the house. Adult dogs will often sniff at areas for a moment before relieving themselves. Puppies will do this too, but often for much shorter moments, and instead of finding a spot to ‘go’ will instead do it whenever they feel they need do. Pay close attention to a puppies movements to spot the moment when he begins to dip his hind or squats. When this happens, remain silent and quickly pick the puppy up and carry it over to the newspaper and place him on it. Once you’ve placed him on the newspaper, praise him – even if he has finished.
If you miss a moment or you stumble across an accident that you’ve missed, don’t draw attention to it and instead clean it up. DO NOT scold a puppy for messing.
Your priority at this stage should be to keep encouraging the puppy to relieve himself on the newspaper. Keep at it, puppy training can be tiring and frustrating but you will find that one day it will ‘click’ with the puppy. I can’t quite put in to words the moment your puppy hobbles over to the newspaper to go for the first time on his own after all your hard work. When he does, make a fuss of him and give him lots of praise.
Sometimes, your puppy might have caught the hang of the newspaper and will go over to do his business only to stand on the newspaper and do his business over the side. This is fine, as long as he is on and using the area of newspaper. You can pick him up and move him into the middle of it if you wish, just to keep things easier to clean. Follow with lots of praise.
Once your puppy has got the hang of using the newspaper it’s time to start stage two of the newspaper method. You gradually want to move the layered area of newspaper across the room, towards the door. Ideally, this should be towards the nearest outside door. Again, continue encouraging the dog to use the newspaper until the paper sits just next to an outside door. Next, you want to place the newspaper outside. Show your puppy the newspaper outside and then at regular intervals during the day, open the door and let him outside to stand on the newspaper. If he relieves himself indoors, carry him towards the nearest outside newspaper.
This method is good, in that it encourages your dog to engage with you when he needs to go. This means that your dog should – normally verbally – ‘ask to go outside’. This is better than having a dog who doesn’t grab your attention when it needs to go out – for instance, a dog that scratches at the back door, while you sit watching the television in the next room.
Finally, never give up. Eventually, once your dog gets the hang of asking to go outside he should find his own place outside to relieve himself instead of aiming for newspaper. House training is tiring and at times can often seem like your puppy will never get it. But stay patient and keep at it. The moment your puppy grasps the concept by himself, you will probably want to throw a small party and sit down with a well deserved drink.