I used my "puppy proofed" kitchen for my puppies. A lot of people say never use paper or wee wee pads. I never had a problem using them. When Lakota was a puppy my husband was getting home early so she was only in the kitchen for about 7-1/2 - 8-1/2 hours a day. I'd leave the paper/wee wee pad down and believe it or not it didn't take long for her to hold it.
I never heard such a happy voice as I did when my husband would get home and not have to clean anything up.
Lakota - WGSD 1/13/10
Wolfen - WGSD 12/31/14
Bull -WGSD 2-10-10
Apache - Shiloh Shepherd 12/15/02 - 6/9/15
Kiya - Shiloh Shepherd 5/15/04 -12/19/25