When we get a new kitten, they are fairly simple to litter train. It’s simply a matter of dumping kitty litter into a litter box, and showing your new fur-baby where it is. The kitten will instinctively return to the litter box, each time it needs to relieve itself. Have you ever wished you could train your puppy to do the same thing? Although it isn’t as simple, it is absolutely possible. The following paragraphs will discuss how to litter train your puppy, as well as explain some of the materials you will need in order to do so.
Before you get started on training your puppy to use a litter box, there are some supplies you will need to have. These necessary supplies are:
– an all purpose cleaner (to clean up accidents on the floor)
– an average size litter box
– some type of litter box filler
– a dog waste removal tool
The products you will need are standard, except the filler you will use to put inside the litter box.
When you are trying to decide what type of filler to use, there are a couple of things you should take into consideration. For example, if you have already started training your puppy to go on newspaper, you may want to use shredded up newspaper as litter box filler. However, if you are starting fresh with litter box training first, you should probably consider the different types of cat litter available.
Once you have all of your supplies in order, you must decide on an area appropriate for your puppy to consider his “bathroom area”. Many people chose an area that is not carpeted, such as a corner in their own bathroom, or a corner in the kitchen. This is in the event that your puppy has an accident, which is very likely. On a tile floor, as opposed to on a carpeted floor, the mess will be much easier to clean up. Once you’ve decided on an area, it is time to get your litter box ready for your puppy.
During the first stages of training your puppy how to use his litter box, watching him closely is the key to success. When you notice the dog sniffing around for a place to go, promptly take him to him litter box. As soon as he uses it, immediate praise is important. On the other hand, if you see him squat to use it on the floor, you need to be stern. Eventually, a firm “No,” will have your puppy responding by rushing to go to the bathroom in his designated area.
If a week has passed, and you do not seem to be seeing any results, there is a piece of advice some experts have suggested can help. Many people who were having trouble litter training their dogs found soaking a piece of tissue in their dog’s urine, then placing it inside their litter box was an effective tool. The urine scent encouraged the puppies to return to where they could smell their own scent to go to the bathroom.
After a few weeks of monitoring your puppy closely, rewarding him for using his litter box, and scolding him for his accidents, you should be to a place where you can feel comfortable in letting him roam throughout your home unattended.
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