We built a puppy litter box in our backyard...its a square of wood, 4 feet by 4 feet. its filled with sand. when she starts to circle in the house, and sniff the floor, we bring her outside and put her in the box, but she just jumps out and pees on the grass, my mom is sure she's gonna go in the box but i know she isnt, she really doesnt like it, all she does is dig and lie down in it, how can we make her go in her puppy litter box a.k.a. her poop-box?? or should we just give it up and let her go in the yard?
I have never heard of a dog using a litter box, I don't think they would like to go in sand. If you want to have her use a box maybe just make the same frame out of wood and place it on the ground and don't put anything else in it, let her go on that grass area, maybe she would learn to just go in that spot and like some else mentioned pick up the poo as soon as she goes, don't let it laying around. When you take her out to go potty take a baggie with you. She is soooo cute!
We don't even water the area and have no problems.
Maggie used to go to "Pooh's Corner" to do her pooping (hence the name) but sadly she got out of the habit.
Hannah goes wherever she feels like.
We got a Dog Septic System. One of those things where you dig a really deep hole and drop this thing in. It holds water and enzymes (to break down the poop). You had water each day and it goes down a tube (like flushing a toliet) into the really big hole you dug. So far it's working great and it does not stink at all. We use our pooper scooper to pick it up and there's a foot lever on the lid so it is hands free.
The dogs can't get into it since there is a cover. Not that they even noticed it. It was more of a challenge to keep them away when we were digging the hole.
I just wanted to add that unless you are going to change the sand in the box at least 1 time a year it will smell really bad there. Have you ever smelt a sandbox that pets have used occasinally?? One that your dog uses daily will have a strong odor, because the pee has no where to go, and the area is small. The same thing will happen if your dog has to use the same area and it can not or is not cleaned it will reak to high heaven. I would suggest getting an x-pen or commercial dog run that can be moved, I have a dog run that I can move and every 6 months, just before winter and after spring I move it to a different area, that way no burns in the grass and no smell either.
Personally I would do away with the sand box all together.. Westies can be notorious diggers.. They can literally dig under a fence and bolt within a few seconds. Both of my westies were diggers but I taught mine not to dig.. You allow the dog to dig in the sandbox, are you willing to train the dog not to dig anywhere else in the yard?? Not sure if you know or not, but westies are hard headed.. they learn real quick but they might not feel like doing what you've taught them.. they are free thinkers all the way. :)
In regard to using the sand box as a litter box.. Gee I say let her do her duty anywhere in the yard.. shes not a cat. :) What happens if you should travel and she wont do her duty in the grass cuz she been taught to eliminate in sand?
The above poster has a great point too.. you will have to change out the sand eventually..
>>>You allow the dog to dig in the sandbox, are you willing to train the dog not to dig anywhere else in the yard??<<<
Which is why we DO have a sandbox. Otherwise Beagle and basset were digging elsewhere such as by the fence line. Beagle was quite happy to try to dig her way out of the fence until we put in a box and established that was the "dig only area".
Beagle knows NOT to dig outside of the sandbox now. Basset (still a pup) is learning this is the ONLY place exceptable.
It has worked well for us and gives the dogs a place to burn that bit of extra energy.