Sometimes, taking your dog outside to eliminate is just not the best option. Maybe you live in an apartment building and it’s too much trouble to head out all the time. Or perhaps the weather in your area isn’t always that nice. Or it could be that you simply lead a busy lifestyle and it’s not possible for you to come home from work during the day to take your dog outside.

photoFortunately, it’s possible to litter box train canines just as you would felines. It’s also not that difficult to teach them how to use a litter box.

The first step is to decide what type of litter you’ll use. Some people like to use shredded newspapers, while others prefer cat litter. It’s up to you, but you’ll want to stick to the same material all throughout the training process as consistency is one of the main factors of litter box training success. Next, select a litter box. The largest ones usually work well. Go for the tray style and not the hooded type.

While it is important to maintain a clean litter box, leaving the litter slightly soiled during the training process is actually beneficial because dogs like to go in the same place again and again. Hence, the scent of their own pee will draw them back to the same spot. Over time, your pooch will get used to using the box and you can clean it more thoroughly and more often to keep odors to a minimum.

Observe your dog carefully for any indications that he is about to eliminate. Signs include sniffing the floor, circling, scratching at the floor, and whining. As soon as you spot any of these behaviors, take your pooch to the litter box and place him there. After a few uses, you should be able to call your dog to the litter box so he can enter on his own, thereby building the routine.

Make sure you praise your pooch enthusiastically whenever he relieves himself in the litter box. Do this every time he uses it, whether you placed him there or he approached it by himself. Use happy tones and pet or scratch your dog to reinforce the habit.

During the litter box training process, your dog will occasionally have accidents. When this happens, do not scold him. Just clean up the mess and remove any odors with dog urine cleaner or a mixture of hot water, white vinegar, and dish soap.

Remember to be patient with your dog as you teach him how to use the litter box. With your support, he will be housetrained in no time.

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