Have you ever thought about training your dog to use a litter box?  The possibility of preparing your canine to utilize the litter box in much the same way as a cat does may be a bit abnormal, but in the long run it will be well worth the trouble.

Just think about it…you are experiencing a taxing day at work and your boss requests that you stay a couple of additional hours.  Not thinking that you may have to stay a bit longer at work when you left the house, you may not have set aside a few minutes to let your puppy out in the yard to do his or her business. This is when training your puppy to use a litter box will come in handy!

By giving a litter box to your pooch, and teaching him how to use it, your dog will have access to it regardless of what time it is. This way you won’t have to stress over taking him out.   Once your puppy has learned to use the litter box, all you truly need to do is change the litter every few days depending upon the size and breed of your dog. Even if you have an outside dog that comes in every once in awhile, he can be trained to use a litter box too!


So what do you need to do to litter train your pup and how do you get your furry friend to use a litter box? You accomplish this feat in much the same way that you taught your dog to sit… give him positive reinforcement! You need to give your dog positive reinforcement each and every time he uses the litter box.  You should do this for the first couple of months.  If you don’t use positive reinforcement, he won’t learn to use the litter box as fast as he would if he were given positive reinforcement.

Are you wondering if your adult dog can be trained to use a litter box?  The answer is yes!  Try doing this…once you have fed your dog and given him water, take him over to the litter box and encourage him to use it with phrases such as “bathroom” or “potty”. These phrases act as cues for your pet.  If you are working with an older dog, it might be awhile after he drinks before he needs to go, yet puppies generally go within thirty minutes of drinking.

On the off chance that you discover your canine going some place else other than the litter box, scold him delicately and take him to the litter box. Keep up this routine until your pup starts to use the litter box without you taking him to it. You should continue to praise him; however, don’t give him the same amount of treats as you did when you first started training him. As he learns to use the litter box on his own, you should eventually stop giving him treats.  The training process may take awhile, but it will be well worth it in the long run!

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