How do you train a dog to go to litter box?

My chichuahua needs me to train her to go to litte - Well not so asp but I need to be informed by the 26 of this month
@ShellyB (5242)
United States
January 23, 2009 1:08pm CST
I need to know by the 26, Litter training and other things to know about how to take care of a chihuahua. It will be nice to know before hand. I have found some tips. Like to clean up asp if the puppy goes anywhere else but his litter box. And that chihuahuas are territorial. Any extra help is aprreciated. So the question is how to train a chihuahua to go to litter box? How to make sure he is safe and happy? p.s I will be back in a few hours, thanks for any help or response.
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@judy43 (299)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I dont know about the litter box for dogs, it works with cats but I dont think so for dogs. I have 5 chihuahuas and we let them out several times but we have those papers with blue back for accidents.
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@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Thanks, what kind of papers are those?
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@debny711 (264)
• United States
24 Jan 09
The papers are called WEE WEE pads. You can buy them in a pet shop. I have heard of puppies being trained in a litter box but I never did that. You have to train your puppy to go outside otherwise he will be afraid to go outdoors. A friend of mine has a pitbull and she trained her to go on the Wee Wee pads and the dog is afraid of her own shadow. She is terrified to go outside and her house smells like dog. Train your dog to go outside.
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@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
24 Jan 09
I never thought of that, I will try to do both, my main problem is that we do not have a fence, and that well being a small dog. I can see your point, I am planning in walking my dog down the block. Thanks for the advice.
@capirani (1840)
• United States
23 Jan 09
In all my life I have never heard of a dog being trained to use a litter box. That is for cats and rabbits who have it in their genes to dig and bury their waste. Dogs do not do this. Dogs get trained to go outside for that purpose, starting with paper training when they are puppies and progressing to getting them to go to the door to let you know when they need to go outside. I cannot imagine a dog ever being trained to use a litter box because they do not dig and bury their waste.
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@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
24 Jan 09
I found a website that says I can train a chihuahua to use a litter box, tho I understand what you're saying in here.
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@Annie2 (594)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Capirani, well, now you will have heard of a dog trained to go to a litter box. I have an Italian Greyhound. I trained her to go to a litter box. She was so tiny as a puppy that she couldn't step over the edge of the box, so I cut one end down to a more manageable height. She could step in easily. I line the bottom with litter pan liners, then put newspapers on top of that. A dog can be trained to go in one area of a yard, so why not a litter box? I took her to the box frequently and every time I told her in the same words and tone, "Go potty". It was not a command, just told her in a pleasing tone. When she did piddle on the floor, I would soak that up onto a piece of newspaper and put it in her pan. I continued taking her there. She very quickly understood and she did both jobs in there. She received lavish praise and hugs. I did not give her food treats. She is ten years old now and still using that same pan. It is nice because I can leave the house for the day and not have to worry about getting home to take her outside to potty.
@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
24 Jan 09
I am going to do that, and not giving one's dog treats is a good idea, because then the puppy will not expect to get a treat just for using the litter, Thank you for all the wonderful advice.
@Opal26 (17684)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Hey Shelly! I didn't know that they used litter boxes, but that's kinda cool! My girfriend has had her chiuahua for about 10 or so years but she walks her so I don't know about the litter box! I guess you just keep bringing the dog to the box and try to teach it that way. Just be very patient until it learns that's where it goes to do its business! And yes they are very territorial and like to yell alot! They can be a little mean sometimes so you have to train your doggie to be nice! Just give it lots of love and teach it to be sweet and friendly. Is it a boy or girl so I stop calling it and it?
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@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
24 Jan 09
It is a girl and her name is Frankie. I am going to pick up Frankie on monday. I need to be there before 3:00 p.m Thanks for your encouraging words, I will treat the puppy with love and hope for the best, I am hoping she learns to like it where we live, the bad thing is that we rent and we do not have a fenced yard. Thanks for your kinds words again.
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@Annie2 (594)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Shelly, if you look up in the first set of responses, you will see how I trained my dog to use a litter box. I think girl dogs are even easier to train for them because they squat and don't hike up their leg to pee - so they don't miss. ha, ha
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I have no idea how to train a dog to use a litter box. It seems like a tough job to me, but I hope that it works! Once we figure out how to train the dog, maybe we can train the child how to act like a sensible human being
@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
24 Jan 09
I will have a better luck with my dog, the kid does not want to be train for anything she does not want to do
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Ain't that the truth!
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@ellie333 (21018)
23 Jan 09
Hi Shelly, When you say litter box, is the dog going to be an indoor dog as with Ziggy I just put paper down on the kitchen floor and gradually moved it towards the back door as I used to let him go out into the garden each time but he still has an odd accident as young but if using a litter tray put him in it and praise and reward if they go and when they have an accident lift them and put them in the box to let them know that is where they need to go but don't reprimand and they are quick learners. Have fun with your new dog. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Thanks for the tip, I am going to do that. I am hoping for a lot of things for this dog. Like we will go for walks and I will just spoil her and she will be a good dog. I am keeping in mind all the tips in here. Thanks again and hugs back at you.
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@Chevee (5914)
• United States
23 Jan 09
I don't know about litter boxes, but most dogs are taken outside or for a walk until they do their business. My daughter usually just let her dog out in the fenced in back yard until she finishes. You just have to keep at it until he learns it. And after a few times they will let you know when they are ready to go. I have never seen anyone train a dog to use a litter box. I will do a little research on it and see what I can come up with. Good Luck.
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@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Thanks, I appreciate your response and that you will take time to research that for me. Most of people who responded to me agree with you, take the dog for a walk. Thanks again
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@1rickyme (146)
• India
23 Jan 09
I don't even know how to train a puppy to go to a litter box the only thing i know is that taking it out for a walk to make him free i mean litter down after giving him diet. It automatically gets habituated if you take them out
@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Thanks for the tip, the thing is that I am going to adopt a small chihuahua and it is said we can train her.
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• Canada
24 Jan 09
Yep you can litter box train a dog. It's not as easy as a cat (since cats innately bury their waste where dogs do not, etc.). Commercial dog litter is available (although admittedly I've never had need to look for some). Here are some articles that you might find useful, ShellyB... and good luck with your new chihuahua!! http://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/housebreaking2.htm http://dog-training.suite101.com/article.cfm/litter_train_your_puppy http://www.showpaps.com/litterbox.htm (this one's about training papillon pups but same idea)
@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Thank you very much for the information. I believe it will be some work involved but that after that it will be easy. Thanks for the links and kind words.
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• Canada
24 Jan 09
Absolutely my pleasure :) I haven't had a dog since my last had to be put down a couple of winters ago. I really miss him but am not quite ready for another dog. I've been thinking a lot about getting a small one but it's SO cold here in the winter that it's not easy to contemplate putting a tiny dog outdoors to do their business. I had looked into the idea of litter box training and was actually very pleased to see it's possible. Like you, I think it would be worth the effort. My mom used to paper train her dogs (or use the bed liner type sheets that someone else suggested here... absorbent top with waterproof blue backing). She was constantly washing the floor and trying to deal with the odor. I was thinking (and hoping) that litter box training might alleviate some of that. She also had some success with her dogs by putting the newspaper or liner sheet on one of those flat rubber boot mats (that people use in the winters to keep their entry floors clean). The dog didn't like standing on it at first but, once used to it, it was easier to wash and sanitize than the floor.
@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
24 Jan 09
It sounds like your mom works hard to keep her pets. I hope you will get your puppy when you are ready. I was once reading a story in a chicken soup for the soul that this lady had dog and that together they run on the most cold of weathers, of course it was the dog that motivate her. I imagine small dogs are different, you will have your dog when you are ready and good luck to you too.
• United States
24 Jan 09
Our Chi is trained to use the litter box. We get puppy litter from the pet store - if they sell puppy litter, lots of dogs are litter trained. You train her the same way you train to go outside or on a wee wee pad. Show her the box and put her in it - then you have to put her in the box every so often - watch her carefully and when you see her trying to go somewhere else - pick her up - say NO - and put her in the litter box.(This is the hardest part - catching them cause the are so small-our baby is 4 lbs) If she goes there, give her a little treat. It also really helps to have a definite eating routine. Our chi is fed at 6:00 am and then again at 5 pm. We then watched her and about 20 mins after she had eaten - she was taken to the box. Then are really smart and catch on really quickly. Make sure her box is clean and accessible. We cannot put our little girl outside because we have bald eagles and some hawks and because she is so small she can be taken. We watch her very closely. Little dogs like chis, maltese, shih tzus, are easy to train to a litter box. My little shih tzu was also litter trained. My siamese cat actually went in the toilet - he hated his litter box.
• United States
24 Jan 09
wow i did not know this the next dog I get will do this
@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Thank you for all the wonderful advice. I am going to follow it and our problem will be that outside she will need a leash because we do not have a fence. LOL at your kitty, I have heard of cats using the litter box too. It is very funny but neat at the same time. Thank you again for the wonderful advice.
@mjhicks (319)
• United States
24 Jan 09
The first time I ever heard of a dog using a litter box was a friend's family had a tea cup pom that was trained to use the litter box along side a couple of cats. I think the dog thought she was a cat as she preferred to eat cat food and started using the box on her own. I trained a rabbit to use a litter box once, so training a small animal to use a litter box is not impossible. Be consistent and patient.
@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Thanks, I have heard that one can train pigs and rabbits on this discussion to use the litter box, and I have more hopes for my little chichuahua. Thanks for your kind words.
• United States
24 Jan 09
I never heard of training a dog to use the litter the box I suppose it can be done Maybe you can try sitting you doggie in it after he or she eats and drinks good luck and let me know if you accomplished this task
@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Thank you, I will continue to make discussions to let you know what happens.
@sid556 (30987)
• United States
24 Jan 09
I actually have never heard of a dog having a litter box. Then again, I've never owned a small dog like a chihuahua. I have always trained my dogs by putting them in a crate at night. Dogs do not like to sleep where they poop and will quickly get the hint after a few little accidents. Good luck. I hope someone here has better advice for you than mine.
@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
24 Jan 09
A crane is like a pet carrier, am I correct? And thanks for the advice
• United States
24 Jan 09
I am not sure that you do! It will take a lot of training. You can actually get it done if you start with the dog early enough. It is easier to train a puppy where to go then a grown adult dog that already has it's ways. Try to catch the dog when you think it has to go and put it in the box. Also...anyway you could get the dog's own scent on the box would be good.
@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
24 Jan 09
Thanks, I understand it is young adult but I believe it can be done.
27 Jan 09
Try training him to go on newspaper first. I know a woman who trained her's on newspaper. Once that is done, then you can recycle old newspapers for the litter box. One problem you're having is that dogs don't scratch the ground before going like cats do. They just plop it down and go on about their business.