You will hear many people say Papillons (as with
many toy breeds)
can be difficult to potty train. As the general public hears this time and again
it can alter their decision to own one of these lovely Papillons and thus miss
out on a wonderful breed. We have always felt if proper training was started
from day one perhaps our babies would never fall under the
"toy breed potty training curse".
Apparently we were right in our thinking. If you read through our
testimonial page you will not find any complaints on training our babies.
In fact, we seldom hear back from anyone with regards to
training problems of any kind.
In order to be successful we have developed a system that teaches
our babies potty belongs in a special place from the earliest days they can remember.
From there it is only a matter of continuing the training in your own home.
We offer a ton of information and guidelines to help you continue the valuable
training we have started and to this day we have been very successful.
**We start all our puppies out in a whelping box
where we can
monitor their temperature and are sure they are never
too far from their mother.
**From there they are moved to a playpen at around 3-4
weeks of age. This is where their intial litter training can begin.
**From there they are moved to a play area with access
to a doggy door. The age this begins is dependent on their size,
maturity and the current weather conditions, but it usually
begins between 12-16 weeks on average.
**Once they have the idea potty either belongs in the litter pan
or outside, from there you only need to teach them how to let you know they
need out. We have even know people who tied a bell on the door knob
and have taught their pup to ring it to let you know it needs out.
The key to housebreaking any puppy is consistency and never
let them run free in your home without constant supervision
until they have learned the rules.
Below shows our training routine in sequence and
complete with photos.
All of our babies are born into a whelping box
temperatue and distance from mom can be controlled
until they are stronger.
The playpen offers more space for mom and babies
as they grow.
The litter pan is introduced around 4 weeks of age
and they are usually taking to it by 6 weeks.
(Note: The size of the pan must increase as the pups grow)
This helps keeps their playpen area clean and dry
and begins their potty training.
The Doggy Door teaches them potty can belong
It also gives them an idea they must go through a door of some sort
to potty outside. We begin with the doggy door propped open
until they understand to go through the hole in the wall
so weather can be a factor in the timing
for this training to begin.
Once they are going through it we close it
then use treats and our fingers to coax them through it.
They often learn to go out it before they learn to come back in
so do not leave them unsupervised while learning.
Also double and triple check your fence because
Papillons are master Houdinis.
Over-all we feel the Papillon is everything you
in a dog and more (visit our Versatility Page to see what we
so don't let training rumors deter you from owning one of
these special butterfly babies.
Visit our Testimonial Page to read
testimonials from people living with Papillons.
Here we would like to share a few thoughts and quotes from some of
our puppy buyers.
|Thoughts from our puppy
I just wanted to take a moment to say that you couldn't have picked a better puppy for me.
Rowdy is the most amazing puppy I have ever had. The litter box training made it super
easy to start potty training, even while I was away at work. He is so fearless and
outgoing during new experiences like tagging along at dog shows, stores and at friends
houses for socialization. Rowdy is almost finished with puppy kindergarten and is the star
of the class (although I'm probably a little biased). He is so intelligent and picks up
things extremely quickly that he makes learning all his manners look easy. On a couple
occasions I have had people in my puppy class ask me how I got Rowdy to perform behaviors
so quickly and reliably. I told them, "a lot of love, a little bit of work, and a
great breeder." Thanks for matching me up to my happy, healthy Rowdy puppy. Have a
great day and God Bless.
Jennifer, Paris, Kasey and Rowdy
|Tyler has hit the ground running! We got home and set him
up in his pack and play but he was ready to play and visit. We have let him set his own
pace. He is happy with his tail wagging and kissing everyone. Playing with his toys and
even fetching the ball. He is a little spit fire!! He is eating. He has used the litter
pan and has done well with that. He did very well last night and I didn't hear him after
the initial 5 minute whining. He did potty during the night in his pan. LOVING the litter
pan!! I am telling you he is handling every situation like a trooper! and yes, I could
certainly see him prancing around with his proud self in the show ring. Very nice puppy
for sure! Thanks so much for this little guy!
|I just wanted to send you a quick note and let you know
that I am incredibly happy with Pepe (Formerly Tazer). Your litter training method is
incredible, he has free range of my relatively small kitchen here in Mexico while I am at
work and he almost always goes on the paper. If he is relaxing with me in the house he
goes to the door to let me know he needs to go bathroom, and this is without any training
by me, in fact he trained me the first time he went to the door and all I could think is
what is he doing. Needless to say I learned fast! We are working on sit for now and even
though his energy levels make keeping focus hard he seems to be picking it up very fast. 3
days in and he already seems to get it 30-50% of the time. I will say you made a great
choice based on what I told you I was looking for.
(NY, USA & MEX)
|This is one of the main reasons I wanted Bella from
Braylor's. I knew she was potty trained to a litter box, which impressed me. Bella has
never had a problem with potty training. She came from Braylor's very well trained and now
she goes on either potty pads or outside. The litter box training makes using potty pads
so wonderful during bad weather, on a plane, in a hotel, etc. We travel a lot with Bella.
On planes I have put the potty pad down in the small bathroom and said "go
potty" and she goes on command. We take her with us to many places in her stroller.
She lets us know when she needs to go potty. But, there are times when the places we take
her do not have a grassy area. So, we put down the potty pads and she goes potty. We never
have to rush outside to take her to go potty in bad weather and late at night. So, this
training is priceless. I had very positive reactions to the information contained on this
page. It is very informative and shows the progression of the training which is very
helpful to actually visualize. It also shows that you treat your puppies as pets and they
are not off in some over crowded breeding pen. I sure wish I could have a couple more
|I had no trouble transitioning Titus from the box to the
outdoors he was the easiest dog I have ever had and he has no accidents in the
house. Additionally, he is able to do both things on command which comes in handy
in bad weather or at an Agility Trial I use names for everything we do, and he is
so smart that after a few repetitions he knows what I mean. I now require a sit for
certain occasions like putting on the harness for walks or feeding and Titus knows to
offer that behavior without me saying sit. When he sits, I tell him he is a very polite
man. He knows if I hold out a treat that he is not meant to take it until I say OK
Of course I could go on and on, he may be the smartest dog on the planet, or he may be the
average for a Braylors Papillon.
|The litter box has been an absolute MUST for us!! It has
saved our bacon, so to speak, with Brodie and it would be a must with a new little one as
well. We agree about the timing of the litter box. It has worked out so well with Brodie
(we had him neutered a little earlier), and he still squats to pee, or barely lifts his
|What a joy Sunset has been in our home!! She is lively,
confident, excited about new discoveries and has adapted to our routine very quickly. She
loves to ride in the car and goes with us whenever possible. She is using both the grass
and litter box to do her "boxy" most of the time which I am very pleased about.
It has been the best for traveling. We just pop the litter down and say go and she does.
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