Someone said that you litterbox trained your little chi. Some members gave me good advice a couple of days ago, but none of them had ever tried it. I was wondering if you could tell me about how it worked out for you. Any suggestions/tricks.
I litterbox trained my cocker. I have the box in the corner of my livingroom out of the way. When she was doing circling I picked her up, and put her in the box. If she did her business she got praised and a small treat. If we caught her going on the carpet, we said no and picked her up and put her in the box as reinforcement for where she should go. It's fairly similar to normal housebreaking outdoors.
We tried without treats first, but she was far more consistant if she got something for doing it. Add a word to it like "go potty". Eventually you can get her to go on command, before car trips, or if you go somewhere without a litterbox then your dog knows it is okay to potty where you are telling her to.
I litter trained my Chis, but I think I did it the unconventional way. I bought a huge kennel. Like big enough to house a couple Great Danes. (If you can't do a kennel, a bathroom or area blocked off with a gate will work.) I put blankets and food at one end, and the puppy pads at the other. Basically, I wouldn't let my Chi out until she went potty. I would come in the room and say 'Go potty' over and over. If she didn't go, I left the room. I kept doing this until she went. Once she did, I let her out right away and praised her. Pretty soon she learned to go on command. As soon as I came in the room, she would go so that she could come out. It's funny because sometimes, she won't have to go, so she squeezes out like a dime size amount, lol. Then I put a litter box with the puppy pads in the corner of the living room. If she started sniffing or whatnot, I brought her to the box and said 'Go potty'. I was just consistent and kept on her. If she had an accident ever, I said 'no' and put her back in her kennel. She picked it up pretty quick. And actually, a few weeks ago, I noticed her going all the way to her huge kennel to go potty instead of the litter box. So now I just keep the door open for her to go in that. During the day she just has free run of the house, and at night or if I'm going to be gone, I put her in her kennel. A lot of people don't recommend this because they say it's bad to teach a dog to go in their kennel. So if you do it, you HAVE to make sure the kennel is huge. If it's not big enough to put a bed on one end, and the papers on the other it won't work and will just teach them to pee where they sleep. If you want to do it the litter box way, the other comment up above gave really good advice :)
Sure! First, we got an extra large litter box from PetCo. Ace is small but he needs room to circle around and sniff. We put the box in the bathroom in between the toilet and the bathtub and filled it with newspaper. We tried the puppy litter originally but it was too big for him to walk on. Plus, he used to eat it.
Then we just trained him pretty much the same way you would train to go outside. We took him to the box every hour or so by saying "get in there." If he didn't "go" then we would bring him back to play for a few minutes and bring him back in there. He actually got used to it pretty quickley. All we say now is "get in there" and he runs for the litter box. Sometimes, though, he will still have accidents. Hardly ever, but sometimes.
Just dont let your puppy have run of the house unsupervised, because then you wont be able to catch all of the accidents. I think outside training is best and is really the only way to eliminate all accidents. Ace loves to pee on a big pile of blankets or if someone is in the bathroom, he will occasionally scratch the door to come in but sometimes he'll just pee outside the bathroom door.
So your pups will still go to the bathroom outside if you tell them to? My fear is that I will litterbox train my chi and then when we are out somewhere or at someone else's house she will go in there house and not outdoors. Do you have that problem or do they pretty much catch on and go anywhere on command?
Once they reliably understand "go potty" or what you choose to use as a command you should be able to get them to go wherever. If we go out for a day she tries t ohold it until I tell her to go potty cause there is no box, so if at a friend's house you need to remember to take her out... If I go to my parents for the weekend I just take the litterbox, and put her in it when I set it down so she knows where it is.
Learning go potty as a command isn't an overnight thing though, the same way you can't perfectly housebreak a dog in no time at all. At 5.5 months we haven't had an accident in weeks, and she seems to understand go potty, but if she doesn't want to go, I have to corral her in the box and say it a few times.
***Edited By: mafiaprincess on 2/23/2005 1:53:32 PM*** Reason: added