litter box training

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  1. puppy go luckii

    puppy go luckii New Member

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    okay.. ive been reading alot about litter training dogs.. and ive read at some places that said litter training is a great alternetive and so on of housebreaking.. and then ive read in other places that litter training should only be a temperary thing.. and that you are just teahing your dog that its okay to go in hte house and that its also okay to go on any type of paper (kids homework, bills, mail etc etc.).. which is right?? thnx.. raymond

    and im not even really sure how to go about paper training.. would it be just like house training just changing the spot or what?? if anyone has a detailed way to papertrain a pup let me kno thnx.. raymond
     
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    This can be taken as a negative thing or a positive thing to teach your dog.

    If you have say, and older dog with a bladder problem, and you have to work during the day..the poor thing is gonna need to go somewhere..so litter training in that sense...well, makes sense.

    But for someone who owns a healthy, adult dog...or even a puppy...and just wants to litter train it..well I dunno...I think it tends to take away from the responsibility of taking the dog outside...dogs need exercise and time to be outside...and some people think that litter training is a good alternative so that they don't have to move from the couch and throw on a jacket.

    I dunno. All depends on the intentions I guess.
     
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    puppy go luckii New Member

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    oh no.. i wasnt thinking like this at all. i was thinking like i live in michigan.. and it gets below zero here and can snow up to 12 inches (rly bad for mi.) and that i odnt thnk ne dog that only weighs 12 pounds would like that.. and plus i dont get home until 2 and neither of my parents get home b4 me.. so after it was litter trained it wouldnt hve to hold it for 6 hours.. thats what i was thinking..
     
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    If the litterbox is working for you, then I say its fine. However, not knowing the breed and age, and knowing that you said it gets cold with snow , you might want to get some kind of sweater for the dog. Nothing that covers the whole body (hate those) but something to "drape" over the dogs back on cold outings. Most dogs can stand the cold at that short period of time. Just enough time to do her/his business. lol :eek:

    That being said, when my dogs were puppies, I purchased training pads and spread them out on the entire kitchen floor. Then after each day would only cover alll but one spot on the floor until it got to only one on the floor. I've really never heard of a dog litter box. and don't know to much about them in terms of being effective or not. Just a suggestion :)

    I do have to say, this training didn't work on my youngest dog but did wonders on my oldest. Its just a suggestion and guess it depends on the dog. I just give thanks to ceramic tiling.
     
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    I didn't even know you could litter train a dog! I so understand having a small dog in an area of lots of snow, tho!!!! When I had my little Cairn terrier...I had to shovel paths for him, there was no way he could walk thru deep snow. I agree, a sweater is a great idea. My little dog used to wear baby t-shirts indoors....he was always so cold! BUT..once he was bundled up, the path shovelled...that little guy loved to have a good romp outside. So, as long as it's only when you possibly CANNOT be there. :)
     
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    I paper train my dog and it's hard even when your consistent. I still think training them to go potty outside is better when they get older.
     
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    Howdy! Going through this same deal myself...we have a 11-week old yorkie (quite a little fireball ;)) -- we had him gated off in my in-laws kitchen while we were there for thanksgiving, and we put a pad down.....he started to potty/poop on the pad......he did that with about 80% success ....so i introduced his litter box with a pad inside it after a few days...he now goes in that.....

    we then came home...and gated him off in our bathroom...with teh same pad and the same box....well.....we have a few mistakes here and there.....but all in all...not bad....in about a week (after he gets used to this)....im gonna put dog litter in there and see if he takes well to that....should help control the smell too :)

    good luck! (i know my patience has been tested a few times ;))

    and what do you all think of rubbing their face in it when they pee on the carpet? a few of my friends SWEAR that works wonders....but ive heard so much negative....any comments?
     
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    and just for a little humor....when we first got him, we had him on the bed...and we just bought this potty training book....we had it setting on the bed as well....

    well, you can see here what he thought of potty training ;)

    [​IMG]
     
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    I think potty training/ house breaking is better. When it was cold out we used wee pads. You can buy them at Petco..Petsmart etc!
     
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    the pads are awesome....thing is, they tend to smell....cause i hate to throw them out right away...cause they have his scent on it....so he's more likely to go there....but yeah....hooray for pads.....im gonna try the dog litter soon....cheaper, a little cleaner, and easier :)
     
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    thnx for the advice guys.. and that pic is hilarious.. lol and ill prly do somewhat of the same thing thnx again
     
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    I used pads for my two dogs when they were puppies also, and they worked extremely well. I also have to shovel paths in the snow now when the dogs go outside, since I have two short legged dogs. :D Chloe and Jack thought it was great fun though last winter, having their little paths and tunnels when they would go outside.
     
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    I am going through the same thing! My 8 week old Yorkie goes basically whereever he wants and doesn't seem to be getting the potty training. Today it's about 9 degrees and he just shivers and whines outside and wants to be taken inside where he promptly piddles in the floor. Help!!
     
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    they dont have pads in the country i live now ..my puppy's 7 weeks old and i just put a bunch of newspapers in a spot in the bathroom and i carry him there whenever he woke up, but he just ran away and pees on the floor, i tried to carry him while peeing he just keeps peeing then he stops peeing when he lands on the newspaper...i feel like strangling him whenever he does that :(
     
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    Rubbing dog's face in pee

    I just had to register and post right away when I read this, since no one responded to your question. I think it sounds awful and cruel to do this and I would never do this to either of my dogs, nor could I imagine doing it to a dog you love. Does anyone else have an opinion on this?
     
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    uhh few of my friends suggested me to do that but i never really did cuz i'm not sure if it'll work but i think i'll try it later.
     
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    Oh yeah pads are so good. My Toki would not go out to the backyard to potty because these few days has been raining here in california. I would open the door and he would not go out so then I closed the door. Then he ran so fast to pee on the wee wee pad upstairs. So funny, he knows it's cold outside and rather use wee wee pads. hahaha
     
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    You're going to try rubbing your dog's face in his pee? I think that's cruel. I would NEVER do that to my dogs.
     
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    As far as rubbing your dog's nose in his business, well, if you stop and think, it's just about the lamest, most nonsensical, DUMBEST idea anyone has ever come up with to house train a dog. It doesn't teach them anything, other than they live with a human being who has completely lost their mind. Think about it! Dogs sniff each others' butts! They sniff each others' - and their own - waste! They taste each others' urine! That's one of the ways they communicate and learn about who has been there. Now, you've just gone and shoved your dog's nose in it. So what? Granted, you're probably raving and yelling at the dog at this point, and it's utterly confused and completely discombobulated and has unlearned anything that might have actually been sinking in that little puppy brain.

    It's just a ridiculous thing to do, and it's downright counter-productive and mean to confuse your pup that way. Please don't do it and tell your friends who urge you to try it that it's pure foolishness and NOT the way to teach a pup.
     
  20. yuckaduck

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    I think rubbing a dogs nose in its messes will only teach it to hide next time. Why do it in plain sight if it is going to get its' nose put in it. My mom is a firm believer in this and I still say it does not work. It is cruel and mean and in my opinion it is abuse.
     

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