I am trying to paper train 2 four month old puppies. They just aren't getting it. I spray the papers lightly with the stuff that's supposed to make them want to go on the papers, but they would much rather shred the papers and drag them all over the room that they are in. Any suggestions?
Lynette from Elmer, NJ
Yep, mine loves to do that too. Fortunately, I crate trained him, and I suggest you do that too. They will start going to go outside much faster this way and you do not have to worry about them shredding the puppy-papers. If you leave them alone more than 6 hours in their crates though, you should place a puppy-paper inside one end of it. They are usually too tired to bother shredding it and it means they won't have to be tortured to hold their pee/poo while you are not there to let them outside. For tips on how to crate train, Google is great. (01/25/2008)
This takes some time, but well worth it. They're 4 months old so you now have a pretty good idea how long after meals they need to tend to business. So, take their "offerings" to wherever you want them to make their deposits. Visit this spot as often as humanly possible. They should get the idea fairly quick.
Another good way to enforce trained behavior, add a bell to whichever door you normally take them out of, ring the bell as take them out. This will give them the idea that they should ring it to give you a heads up. Then and I know it takes a little $$, but there is stuff to remove their scents from your flooring. That is a very important step. I got that one from a dog trainer when I was trying to get my horse, I mean horse sized dog to respect my space. Hope that gives you an idea. (01/28/2008)
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