never tried it with my dogs but my bunnies were litter trained. It took a week to train them. I just kept on it.. put the poo in it and then themů and eventually they just started going to the box to go.
I think its easier with rabits, breeders encourage a new rabit owner to have a litter box because they just use it right away from what I have heard. One week for litter trianing is a lot faster than my Pug is learning to potty outside!
I litter trained both of my Chihuahuas. I did it much the same way you would train a dog to go outside. I bought a large litter tray and cut one side off so it would be easy for them to get into. I used puppy pads because that 'dog litter' is just so big that it's hard for small dogs to walk on IMO. I would bring them to their pan and say the same command everytime 'go potty'. If they wouldn't go, I would put them in their kennel and leave them alone for like 15 minutes and then try again. I kept putting them back in their kennel until they finally went. When they did, I praised like crazy and gave a treat and let them run around the house. But I never let them have free roam of the house until they were completely potty trained. If you have to answer the phone, eat, etc. then the dog should be in their kennel. Sometimes it helps to keep them on a leash and tie the end to yourself so that they have to stay by you at all times.
If they had an accident, I would say 'NO' very firmly and bring them to their area. I would then clean the area with an enzyme cleaner (Nature's Miracle works great). First, you blot the stain with a rag or paper towel. Then pour a little bit of water over it. Then use the shop vac to vaccuum up the water. Then spray the cleaner over the area (I would put the nozzle right up against the carpet so the cleaner would go clear down to the pad). Or you could just pour a small amount instead of spraying. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then blot. If they can smell any stains, they will keep going there.
Pretty soon, they learned to just go to their area to do their business. And by putting them in their kennel if they didn't go, they learned that they didn't get freedom if they didn't go. And by saying 'go potty' everytime, they learned to go on command.
***Edited By: Huntersmom on 7/7/2005 3:45:28 PM*** Reason: added