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Litter Training a Puppy - Litter, Not Just For Cats Anymore?

 


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There are many reasons why one may want to go the route of litter training a puppy. Sometimes the traditional methods of paper training or crate training are not feasible, appropriate or preferred by the puppy's owner. Perhaps there is no yard, taking the pup for walks is not feasible, and let's face it, cleaning up pee and poop covered paper is not fun. Owners now have another option, litter train your puppy like you would a cat, well not exactly like a cat but you get the idea. Below I have outlined the basic process of litter training.

Before continuing ensure you have an adequately sized dog litter box, this is one that will accommodate your pup when full grown as well as proper dog litter, do not use cat litter for your dog. I have used various brands and will leave the decision of brand in your hands.

You new puppy has more than likely been started on paper training; this will greatly facilitate the litter training process. If your puppy has not been paper trained, hope is not lost, you just have an extra step. Once your pup is consistently using paper it is time to transition to the litter box. Once you have cleaned up the last soiled newspaper you want to place the litter box in the same spot that you had laid the paper previously, now place the paper in box. Once you have your puppy using the litter box with just paper in regularly you now place litter in the box and cover it with the paper, this helps get your puppy use to the feeling of the litter. Finally, once you have a pup that uses the paper covered litter consistently, you remove the paper and they now use the box as intended.

Litter training a puppy is a bit of a process but it will allow you to have a dog that can be trusted indoors at all times. As with the more traditional methods, training your puppy to use a litter will require patience, perseverance and understanding. As well, as stated in just about every article I write on training, never harm your puppy in any way, shape, or form, positive reinforcement is the key. As with other methods, if your pup has an accident clean it well and move on, if you didn't catch them in the act than you were remiss in your supervision duties.

For more information on Potty Training your puppy or for information on obedience training The Obedient K-9 .

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