You haven’t had Cooper long. In fact, he's still a puppy who spends his days napping and wreaking havoc. Now you can forgive him for chewing the carpets and going to the toilet on your clean floors. However, your cat doesn’t forgive so easily and your puppy doesn’t seem to be able to respect private space. You frequently catch him digging around in the litter box. Not only does this mean your cat doesn’t get any privacy, but it also means your puppy may pick up potentially harmful bacteria.
Training your puppy to stay out of the litter box is important, therefore, for several reasons. You don’t want your cat and new puppy going to war. That could result in injuries and hefty vet bills, not to mention two unhappy pets. This type of training will also get your puppy into the habit of respecting clear boundaries.
Thankfully, training your puppy to stay out of the litter box is pretty straightforward. Firstly, you will need to introduce a number of deterrence measures. This should limit that initial temptation. However, you will also need to find new and more exciting ways to stimulate and occupy your puppy. Obedience training will also be required to stamp out your pup's unusual and unsavory habit.
If your puppy is a good listener and already picked up some basic commands, then training could prove successful in just a week or two. However, if the pup is stubborn and particularly badly behaved, then you may need a few weeks. Stick with training and you’ll get back to a peaceful household with minimal animal confrontations. You also won’t have to worry about your vulnerable puppy picking up a range of expensive ailments from the litter box. Finally, you’ll assert your position as pack leader, affording you greater general control.
Before you get to work, you will need to make sure you have a few bits. Baby gates, a water bottle, and a deterrence collar will be needed for one of the methods below. You will also need a chain lock, a cat door and a couple of new ingredients for your cat’s diet.
Time is another important component of training. You only need to set aside a few minutes each day for training. However, the more people that are around to react if they do catch Cooper in the litter box, the sooner you will stamp out the habit.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and an optimistic attitude, then work can begin!