Litterbox Training a Puppy

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One house training alternative to teaching a puppy to go outside is to use a litterbox. Many dog owners have found this method to be a very acceptable way to go. Using a litterbox might be a good choice for the highrise dweller, winter use, etc. This is a page about litterbox training a puppy.

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January 29, 2007

To paper box train your Pug puppy, be patient. Bring the puppy to the box right after it wakes up, eats, and plays. Say, "go potty." Once it does, praise him or her and give kisses.

By Carol and Tom from San Diego, CA

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December 11, 2013

I have an 8 month old Chihuahua who has never been housebroken. We want to train him to use a litterbox with potty pads inside. First we trained him to use the pads. He did pretty well with it with not very many accidents after a while. Then we moved the pads into the litterbox (which we already got him used to).

He did very well entering on his own and using the litterbox for about 2 days. Then he stopped using the box and pads altogether. Now he will hold it all day until we let him out of the washroom and uses the bathroom all over the house in places he never did before. What are we doing wrong?

By Ashley

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January 21, 2011

How do I litter train a Blue Nose Pit puppy?

By eric from Crestwood, IL

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January 21, 2011

Can I use cat litter to house train my male Red Nose Pitbull, Chico? Please, I need to know. I can't keep him outside and inside is my only option.

By GUSTAVO L. from Goldsboro, NC


Litter Box Training a Puppy

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By Deeli

Litter Box Training a Puppy

My Pomeranian learned to use a litter box and cat litter, from watching my cats! It has come in really handy during nasty weather. (02/17/2010)

By Jarron

Litter Box Training a Puppy

We use cat litter. Its fine to use. (: good luck. (03/03/2010)

By Shane

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February 15, 2010

I am going to adopt a Yorkie-poo puppy in September. I want to know how to house train it to a litter box. I have an old Sheltie now and he was house trained to outside when I got him. I may have to move to apartment, and want the puppy to be comfortable with going indoors and outdoors. I run a small business and am on the road a lot. Thanks again.

Susan from Hamilton


Litter Box Training a Puppy

This is for Enmenc from US; I have used the WizDog potty trays and they are great. The dogs can't shred the paper and they are very easy to clean up. I just got a second dog and am looking at getting another tray. I would highly recommend WizDog. (01/02/2009)


By Kim

Litter Box Training a Puppy

To control the smell I would either use Air freshener or some of that kitty litter that gets rid of the smell. You can use pretty much any litter as most of them say odor control on them. (02/19/2009)

By John L.

Litter Box Training a Puppy

I guess I am probably a little late to respond hopefully by now you've trained your dog. But if you are still looking for an indoor potty solution can I recommend the PupHead Potty? It is a grass mat in a tray that the dogs really love. Here's more info: (08/30/2009)

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