There are many reasons you might want your dog to go potty inside your house rather than taking him for a walk or letting him outside to go. Larger metropolitan areas may not have easily accessible grassy areas to walk your dog. Apartment living, especially high-rise apartment living, may give you reason enough to teach your dog to poop in a litter box rather than having to put your dog on a leash and walk him outside several times a day. In areas where extreme winter weather conditions can be tough for small and tiny breed dogs, walking your dog outside can be all the more difficult. Finding a clean patch of grass for your dog to poop on might be a challenge in the middle of a snowy winter, especially for those small breed dogs. Owners who have a more difficult time getting their dogs out on a regular basis may also want to consider teaching their dog to poop in a litter box.
Teaching your dog to use a litter box within your home is not difficult. However, it will require time, dedication, and patience. If you have a cat in your home using a litter box you are going to want a separate litter box for your dog then the one your cat uses. You may also need to consider the type of litter box you provide for your dog. A tiny breed dog may fit just fine in a cat litter box, but a larger dog may need a bin with taller sides or a little bit more room to turn around. This can be a cardboard box lined with plastic or newspaper or it could be a taller plastic box. Consider the gender of your dog and whether he lifts his leg to urinate as you pick the litter box you plan to use for your dog. Teaching your dog to poop in a litter box is not much different than teaching him to poop outside. It's a matter of repetition and dedication.
To train your dog to poop in a litter box you will need the appropriate box for your dog's breed, size, and gender. You will also need time and patience and dedication in showing him where to go each time it's time to eliminate. Be prepared after meals and after waking up to take your dog to the box so that he is successful and learns where he is supposed to go on his own. Also, make sure you have some tasty treats on hand for rewards. Be prepared for some repetitive training sessions but also prepare yourself to do them several times a day to set your dog up for success.
I’m want to start litter box training she’s already doing great with pee pad training although the pads have to be on a pillow. My husbands afraid she’s going to dig in the litter and make a mess. How can we prevent this?
Hello Veronica, First, you can supervise her when she goes potty while she is learning (which is important anyway to encourage the potty training). Whenever she starts to dig tell her "Ahah" firmly but very calmly - you don't want to scare hrr while she is learning, and redirect her to something else. Prevention is the most important thing here since potty habits are HABITS. Second, once she is trained to use an open litter box, you can switch to a litter box with a cover so that any litter scattered is contained within the box. I only recommend switching to one with a lid after she is using one without a lid well though because the lid makes the training a little harder at first. When you pick a litter box with a lid, choose one that is decently tall so that she doesn't feel enclosed too much or one that is see through if you can find it. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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