|Barked: Mon May 16, '05 9:23pm PST |
|When I got Lobo, I had seriously considered litterbox training him. I did a lot of research on it and this is what I found out...Basically the best option for litterbox training is to start out with a simple cat litterbox and newspaper. Confine your pup and the litterbox in a small space so that he does not have many options to where he needs to go. Soak up some of your pup's pee in a tissue and spread it on the newspaper inside the box. When your pup gives you signals that he needs to go, put him inside the box (it's probably a good idea to have him on a leash) and wait until he goes. If he does, give him a treat and lots of praise! Keep in mind this is not going to happen right away. It might take a while until he actually goes inside the box. Hopefully after that he'll realize it's where he needs to go, and eventually he will start getting the hang of it.
However, I must warn you that there seems to be a common problem with litterbox training. In a forum I went to, almost every owner who litterbox trained their dog has a problem with getting all four legs in before they pee. This means they get lazy and won't go all the way inside the box. I was concerned about this and decided to train Lobo to go outside instead.
If you're gone most of the day, some other options beside using the litterbox may be hiring a pet sitter or have a close family member come in to let him out once in a while, or install a doggy door. I'm not saying litterbox training is impossible of course, just that it's a bit trickier. Good luck in whichever you choose to do and I hope I was some help!
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