House training your puppy is one of the most important things you will teach him. There are several different ways to teach your puppy about house training. Some owners are interested in teaching their puppy to use a litter box. it’s possible? Absolutely!
Most puppies can be taught to use a litter box. It is very similar to teaching a cat to use a litter box, although puppies do not use them as instinctively as cats. If you have a toy dog in particular, it can be helpful to teach your puppy how to use the crate, as he will remain small throughout his life. This means that the box will remain a convenient size for you to use even as an adult dog.
If you have a puppy that will grow into a medium or large dog, you can still teach him to litter, but it may not be very comfortable for him to use the box when he grows up. However, as you get older, you should be able to wait longer to relieve yourself. That should allow you plenty of time to get home from work, for example, so you can take him for a walk or let him out.
To teach your puppy to use a litter box, you will first need to get a large box. Usually it is best to get a large, simple rectangular box. Plastic is fine. For obvious reasons, you won’t want to buy one of the fancier hooded cat boxes or other gadgets as your pup may have trouble fitting inside or may try to chew on it.
You can use normal cat litter in the litter box for your puppy. Many dog breeders teach their puppies to use a litter box. They like to use a mixture of kitty litter, such as Fresh Step, and alfalfa pellets or pine shavings. Alfalfa granules are used as rabbit food and as bedding, so your pup may try to eat some of them, but they won’t hurt him. You will probably leave them alone after trying them a couple of times. Alfalfa granules are good because they are very absorbent and eliminate odor. Pine shavings are good because they are fluffy and also eliminate odor.
You should avoid using cedar shavings as litter box fillers, as they have an oil that can damage your pup’s eyes.
At first, you should place the litter box in a place where your puppy will surely find it. You can place it in a place where your puppy has already had an accident, for example. Make sure to place a bath mat or mat under the box to reduce the amount of litter your pup picks up or takes out of the box. Your pup will likely try digging in the box at first. It is a dog and dogs like to dig, so you should expect this at first.
Watch your puppy closely and when you see signs that he needs to go to the bathroom, you should take him (or pick him up) to the litter box. Put it back in the box if you try to leave. With good timing, your puppy should relieve himself in the crate. Make sure to praise him and give him a treat. Tell him what a good puppy he is. Keep doing this every time you see that your puppy needs to go to the bathroom.
If you are consistent in taking your puppy to the litter box every time he needs to go to the bathroom, then you will teach him to use the box very quickly.
Some puppies accept litter box training very quickly, but some puppies always prefer to go outside.
Keep the litter box clean. Pick up deposits quickly and change the sand frequently, especially the top layer. You can scrub the entire litter box with bleach and water as needed.