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Anyone who has trained their dog to use the litter box? Advice Please!!!!!

So, I want to teach Millie to use a indoor potty so she doesn't have to hold her pee when we are away. I got a exercise pen that has 8 panels that are 2 feet wide.We put a piece of vinyl flooring underneath for easier clean up.I got the Rascal dog litter box without the grass and I'm trying to get her to go on the grate with a pee pad or newspaper under the grate.
How do I begin the training process? I really have no idea.

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Hey Sarah, I'm not sure what the breeder started your pups training on, but my pup that I brought home this week is 9 weeks old and his breeder started him on washable pee pads. I have used disposable pads since I got him home and he goes potty on those most of the time. He has not tried to tear up or play with the pads at all. I have a Rascal Dog and I put the pads on top of the grate. I'm just telling you this, because then it will save you the time of having to clean the grate all the time. Also, my RD came with a bottle of attractant spray that you could try to use to attract the dog to the pad. I just watch him closely and anytime he looks like he's about to pee, I hurry and pick him up and whisk him away to his pad where he finishes and then I praise the hell out of him. Also, whatever you clean up his messes with (paper towels, etc.)...throw them on top of the pad so he know the scent.
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Hey Sarah, I'm not sure what the breeder started your pups training on, but my pup that I brought home this week is 9 weeks old and his breeder started him on washable pee pads. I have used disposable pads since I got him home and he goes potty on those most of the time. He has not tried to tear up or play with the pads at all. I have a Rascal Dog and I put the pads on top of the grate. I'm just telling you this, because then it will save you the time of having to clean the grate all the time. Also, my RD came with a bottle of attractant spray that you could try to use to attract the dog to the pad. I just watch him closely and anytime he looks like he's about to pee, I hurry and pick him up and whisk him away to his pad where he finishes and then I praise the hell out of him. Also, whatever you clean up his messes with (paper towels, etc.)...throw them on top of the pad so he know the scent.
Ya, I got the spray too. Millie is super obsessed with paper of any kind. I presented the litter box to her with a pee pad ontop and she attacked it. Scratching and chewing at it. I think the grate is going to have to do. Thanks for the advice!
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She had her first poop success!!!! I'm really happy but at this point she does not like her ex pen. She is whining in it like the first few days we got her and she whined in her crate. Am I doing something wrong or will she get used to it? I haven't been letting her out as much because it really want her to pee and poop on the litter box a bunch of times so she knows ahe can go there.
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You have to feel no anxiety when she does. If you do, she will feel it, and it will make it worse for her. No baby talk. Take her out to play for reward the INSTANT she finishes going potty. When you put her back in, go back to doing what you have to do. The IGNORE is one of the most powerful training tools. It includes no eye contact, no smiling, no NOTHING, but it's alright for her to know that you are there.

When I'm training the little ones to stay quietly in an expen, I walk by them occasionally, with ZERO interaction, just so they understand that they will get NO reinforcement for their anxiety, but learn to feel comfortable in their place.

The quicker you can do these things, the quicker they will understand.
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You have to feel no anxiety when she does. If you do, she will feel it, and it will make it worse for her. No baby talk. Take her out to play for reward the INSTANT she finishes going potty. When you put her back in, go back to doing what you have to do. The IGNORE is one of the most powerful training tools. It includes no eye contact, no smiling, no NOTHING, but it's alright for her to know that you are there.

When I'm training the little ones to stay quietly in an expen, I walk by them occasionally, with ZERO interaction, just so they understand that they will get NO reinforcement for their anxiety, but learn to feel comfortable in their place.

The quicker you can do these things, the quicker they will understand.
Thanks so much! This totally makes sense. I was ignoring her but I was still in the same room so her whining got more and more frantic. I was trying to catch her using the litter box so I could praise her when she went in it. I was definitely tense.
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Is this ex pen set up too big? Should I start with only her bed and litter box?
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I can also make it a 2 feet by 4 foot pen. She would only have a little gap between her crate and the litter box. She keeps peeing on the floor instead of in the box. I'm afraid that if I make the pen that small she will play on her litter box with her toys. What do you think? I don't think she likes the grate. I'm going to pick up pine pellets from the tractor supply store. Do you think that will help? I really want this to work. Please help!
Another question. While I'm training her to go in the litter box, do I ever take her outside to do her business? She is crying in the ex pen and I know she has to go to the bathroom but I'm ignoring her and hoping she will go in the box but then she pees on the floor. I feel like I'm doing this all wrong.
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I don't think it would hurt to take her outside to potty. When my guys were in the housebreaking process, I had an indoor potty option for emergencies. I lined the entire floor of the xpen with pee pads and slowly took them away one by one until there was one left. They also had their beds, toys, water etc in there. When I was home I always took them outside.
When she is crying ignore her. When you come and go be calm and give her a treat. tell her youre leaving. when you come home, walk into the room and ignore her if she is crying. Just make like you're doing stuff with your back to her. Once she stops crying, give it a beat and then pay attention to her. It's important to give it a beat or she will still relate her crying is getting your attention. When your home practice leaving the room and coming back over and over. If you do it right, her crying should stop in a day or 2. Good luck! Typing on my phone so excuse the mistakes!!!





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I don't think it would hurt to take her outside to potty. When my guys were in the housebreaking process, I had an indoor potty option for emergencies. I lined the entire floor of the xpen with pee pads and slowly took them away one by one until there was one left. They also had their beds, toys, water etc in there. When I was home I always took them outside.
When she is crying ignore her. When you come and go be calm and give her a treat. tell her youre leaving. when you come home, walk into the room and ignore her if she is crying. Just make like you're doing stuff with your back to her. Once she stops crying, give it a beat and then pay attention to her. It's important to give it a beat or she will still relate her crying is getting your attention. When your home practice leaving the room and coming back over and over. If you do it right, her crying should stop in a day or 2. Good luck! Typing on my phone so excuse the mistakes!!!
Thanks! So I can just take her out to pee when I'm home and let her train herself to go in the litter box when I'm gone because she basically has no other option? So 2 feet by four feet would be better for now?
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