Me and my 4 lb MinPin live in VA, the winters are cold and she hates to go outside and cannot be taken out without a leash on. The papers worked great for us, as soon as I brought them home I took her to the papers and she did her thing. With lots of praise and a treat everytime she was fully trained in 2 weeks. The pads are great, because I can leave her loose in the house and clean up the papers when I get home. I would clean up crap if she went outside too, so for me I would rather her be comfortable and eliminate inside.