hello. i am getting and 8wk old Miniature Schnauzer tomorrow, and i will have a week to be w/ it and "try" to house train it before i go back to school for 8 hours everyday. i am curious to know if anyone has tried to "potty train" a small dog so that it will you a "kitty litter" box. i won't have anyone home to let him out during the day so i thought that maybe he could use the kitty litter box while i was at school, but when i got home i would take him out. any suggestions on what to do i would appreciate! thanx Kenzy
hi there. im not a dog training expert at all but here's what i did and it worked really well. i read that dogs have a natural instinct not to soil their dens, so i got a crate for my puppy. you would only need a small one. enclose the puppy and its crate in a small area such as a bathroom and then put down a puppy training pad. try encouraging it to go on the pad and take it outside to go on the grass very often. praise it like crazy when it goes. natures miracle makes puppy pads that have grass scent on them. they're a little expensive but worth it if you can get the puppy to use it. i used to have a very old dog that started to lose control of his bladder when he got old. he had always lived in the house and i didn't want to throw him outside in his old age. so i put down training pads and let him stay in the house and he used those for the rest of his life like a good boy. i would just throw them in the trash every day when i got home. after your dog learns to use them, you can even put down washable baby diapers and save the expense. what happened with my dog is that after several weeks, even though he had the potty towels in the kitchen(that's where i kept him), he adopted the kitchen as his den and he no longer potties during the day when i'm at work. he waits till i get home. thats about a ten hour day. he still has accidents once in a while but mostly he's good.
My first general thought is to talk with the breeder about keeping the puppy for another month or two. Some pups can manage that long, but not a large amount of them.
Other options are litter box training, paper training, and puppy pad training until the pup has enough control over its bladder and bowles. Right now, they dont, and you're probably in for lots of accidents and cleanup. You have to stay ontop of a puppy and take them out a lot as that their bladder/bowels/etc are stimulated very easily.
at 8 weeks he won't be able to hold it all day in a crate. for my pug i used papers and gated him in the kitchen. he was paper trained from the breeder and she didn't let them go till 14 weeks, though. i'd paper all over most of the kitchen or other easy clean floor and contain him in there to start, and even leave a litter box on the papers to get started on that.