Crate vs Paper Potty Training

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Crate vs Paper Potty Training

Read over the material below and decide which of the two methods you would like to follow. Each is explained in detail for you.

Puppy Potty Training
(Crate Potty Training)

Paper Potty Training
(Useful for shut-ins, The disabled)

Jack Russell Terrier playing ball

The GOOD About Crate Potty Training

  • Pup is confined and learns to “hold” until potty time.

  • Pup feels safe and will pass time chewing on her toys instead of your furniture legs.

  • Pup begins to learn immediately WHERE she is to go potty outdoors. No mid learning twice as with Paper Training.

  • Pup can learn to be alone in the house by moving the crate into an empty room between potty calls.

  • Pup won't be so scared about being left alone while you shop. She's safe in her little den.

  • Owning a crate that your dog will fit into is wise in case of emergencies where you have to evacuate your house and go to an emergency shelter.

The BAD About Crate Potty Training

  • You have to get up at 2 and 5 am in the morning to take the puppy out for potty calls.

  • Some dogs don’t like crates, no matter what.

Crate vs paper:
The GOOD About Paper Training
  • Puppy can stay in the pen or laundry room all day while you go to work, or the store.

  • Puppy can stay in the pen or laundry room all night while you sleep through.

  • Puppy can go potty regardless of the weather outside, for the rest of her life as long as you change the newspapers.

  • This is ideal for a shut-in or an invalid who can’t go outdoors but still wants the companionship of a dog.

The BAD About Paper Training
  • Puppy will NEVER be able to move about the house freely because she will never be potty trained. To the dog, anyplace away from her bed is a bathroom.

  • Puppy will have no time schedule for her potty needs.

  • The house will smell, no matter what you do.

  • If you do succeed in getting the dog to potty outdoors, you will never be able to lay newspaper on the floor again, or even on a chair or she'll use it to go potty.

Crate vs paper training has been an issue for a long time. Crate always wins, mainly because with the crate method, the dog learns from the first day that she is to “go” in the yard. With paper training, she first has to learn to go on paper and then learn to go in the yard, a two step process that takes longer and stinks up the house.

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