Tips on Litter Box Training Your Dog

House Breaking your dog can be a frustrating and time consuming task that can test your patience. But, we all know the end result is well worth all of that hard work because your furry friend will bring hours of joy into your life. However, these days Litter Box training is becoming a popular method for the Toy Breeds, especially for apartment dwellers who don’t have a backyard readily available. It can also be trying at the best of times. However, it can also make your life much simpler in the end with the constant worry of an ‘accident’ put to rest as your dog will always have his litter box available to use.

  1. The most important step in the training process is to put together a training area, and make sure you do all your training in this designated area. You will want to make sure it is a relatively small space, such as a bathroom. Keep your dog in this area when you are not at home. But also make it an appealing spot to your dog with toys and bedding, and food & water. Make sure you play with your dog in this area so he will see it as a fun area too.
  2. Set up a litter box in the training area. Make sure the litter box is not too big and your dog is able to get into it easily. Place your dog in the litter box so he can become accustomed to the feel of the litter on his feet.
  3. When your dog looks like he needs to do his business place him in the litter box and tell him to “Go Potty.” It’s critical that you use a happy/fun tone and not a scolding tone as this could cause your dog to become fearful of the litter box. If you use a happy tone he will see it as a game and something fun for him to do. It is important that if he has an accident outside of the litter box that you do NOT scold him, as this can have a negative impact on your dog. However, if he does use the litter box to do his business give him lots of praise and love and kisses, so he knows he has done a good job. Keep in mind that your dog will not know what you want immediately. You will need to be patient with your dog and keep on him until he does understand what you want.
  4. Once your dog becomes accustomed to this you can expand his training area to give him a bigger area when you are at home and watching him. When you are gone you will need to put him back in his smaller training area. You will not want to give him free reign of the house until he is completely litter box trained.