|DOG LITTER BOX TRAINING TIPS
|Before you begin training your dog or puppy, please
understand that every dog or puppy is different.
Some dogs or puppies may instinctively take to the
box quicker, others may take a little longer. On
average it takes approximately a week to train. Also,
please be realistic and understand that there may be
accidents. Occasionally, the office will receive a call
and the customer will state that their dog won't use
the box. I litter box?". Frequently, I will hear a
customer say, "I received it yesterday".
Please understand that this is not a magic
box!! There will probably be a learning curve for
your pet. You need to learn your puppy's elimination
habits. You will be the teacher and your dog the
student. You dog wants nothing more than to please
are to eliminate. Didn't your mother or father potty
train you? You had a learning curve as well and
occasional accidents. PLEASE BE PATIENT!
Did you ever know someone who paid to join a gym,
yet they are not losing weight or toning up? Just
because they bought a membership to the gym does
not mean that they will reach their goal if they just sit
there and chat with a friend and they don't work out.
Know that you have to be dedicated to teaching your
dog or puppy to using the litter box. Know that every
dog or puppy has a different learning curve.
Be patient. Be consistent. Offer plenty of treats!
I have had several customers call the office and state
that they don't want to offer treats to their dog or
puppy during the training period and they just want
to train their dog or puppy with praise. Yes, you can
train your pet to use the box without treats, however
implementing treats during the training period will
CUT YOUR TRAINING TIME DOWN!!! Dogs and puppies
will do just about anything for a treat. When I started
training Violet I baked some fresh chicken (white
meat) and cubed it. I had it all ready to go on a plate
above the counter where the litter box was located.
Believe me, she was eager to get this treat! So,
please reward your dog or puppy with an extra
special healthy treat along with plenty of praise!!
Your little one has earned it!
TRAINING TIPS FOR YOU AND
YOUR DOG TO STUDY!!!
|FIRST, realize that there may be accidents during
the training period. Please be patient! Devote a
weekend to training your dog or puppy. This is a
learning experience for both of you. The few short
days that you dedicate to training your dog
successfully are well worth the effort to protect
our home and to enjoy many years of owning a
well trained dog.
INITIALLY, it is important to place the Rascal
Dog Litter Box in a location where it is easily
visible to you even it is not where you ultimately
plan to place the box. The litter box MUST be
visible to you so that you can reward your pet for
using the box. GIVE A REWARD AS SOON AS YOU
SEE YOUR DOG OR PUPPY USE THE BOX! THIS IS
Realize that the litter box can be moved later.
Your dog or puppy has to learn the box first.
USE paper towels to clean up any mishaps that
you dog may have. Place the paper towel that has
your dog's urine on it on top of the grass, tucked
in the corners. or rub the paper towel on top of
the grass. Dogs return to urinate where they smell
their previous odors. The grass does come
scented. You can also purchase piddle pads for
the initial training period. Place a pee pee pad on
top of the grass and then gradually cut the "pee
pee pad" down in size until just the grass remains.
IF you are adopting a new puppy, find out what
the breeder had been using for the puppy's toilet
needs. When you take the puppy home, ask the
breeder for some pieces of soiled papers or
piddles pads so that you can place these in the
litter box. The puppy will be drawn to the familiar
scent of the siblings from the litter. THIS WILL CUT
DOWN YOUR TRAINING TIME!
Refrain from using any deodorizers during the
training period as these my cover the smell that
your dog needs to detect. Also, during the training
period do not add any scented fabric softener to
the wash cycle. You want your dog to smell the
litter box so that they will return to it.
Praise your puppy for even going near the box.
Place your dog inside the box several times a day
a treat close at hand and offer it immediately!
PLEASE!!! as excited as you may be to
introduce your dog or puppy to the Rascal Box, it
is best to wait until the morning when the dog or
puppies bladder is full and the need to urinate is
If, you witness your dog or puppy having an
accdent, give a sharp no and pick the puppy
|up and place him tapping on the grass with your
hand while giving the command, "pee pee".
Use the words "pee pee" for both acts of
elimination. There is no need to differentiate
between urination and defecation. I believe that
"pee pee" is the verbiage to use due to the sharp
"E" sound and that it is repeated twice.
Most importantly, be consistent with your words,
treats and praise! If you have any older dog and
your pet already has an understanding of another
term, or command continue to use that phrase.
After you have successfully trained your dog to
use the litter box, you may want to move the box
to a more remote area. To do this, move the litter
box gradually each day until it has reached the
location where you wish to keep the litter box.
If you move the box too quickly, your dog may go
back to using the location where the box was
IT is wise to cross train your dog to use the box
and to go outdoors. Customers will frequently ask
how to accomplish this. FIRST train your dog or
puppy to the box as this is your ultimate goal to
come home to a clean house. Once your pet is
trained to the box NOW it is time to start training
for outdoors. Puppies and dogs have to eliminate
first thing in the morning after sleeping all night.
Simply pick up your dog or puppy AND THE
RASCAL DOG CANINE GRASS and take both
outdoors. Set the grass pad down and allow the
dog or puppy to smell their previous scent on the
grass pad. State your command, "PEE PEE". Some
dogs really equate eliminating with "entering into
the box". If your dog or puppy does not want to
eliminate just on the grass pad you may need to
take the box out with you. All of the Rascal Dog
Litter Box Products are light weight so this is easy
to do! While you are training your dog or puppy to
go outdoors train them to WHERE YOU WANT
THEM TO ELIMINATE IN THE YARD. No one wants to
have browned burnt circles of grass all over their
yard. Pick a spot that you would like to have your
dog or puppy eliminate and go to this same spot
during the cross training period. I have trained
Violet to go behind a bush in the back yard so that
the brown spot is hidden and my backyard if not
spoiled with brown grass everywhere. OFFER
PLENTY OF TREATS!!!
|Keep your dog in a confined area during the pen
IF your dog or puppy seems fearful of going in the
box, place the box on the floor and get behind the
back of the box. Lure your puppy in with a treat.
The puppy MUST enter the box and go to the back
of the box to get the reward. This also teaches
them the idea of going all the way into the box for
when they eliminate in the litter box.
You may wish to keep your dog on a leash that you
hold in your hand. This is an alternative to crate
training. Please use a harness rather than a collar
as they are more humane and SAFER! When you
see your dog start to "sniff around" put your pet
into the litter box. Once your dog urines or
defecates, plenty of praise and cookies! Allow your
dog to be free from the leash for about an hour and
then put your dog or puppy back on the leash
again. Again, this method is an alternative to crate
If your dog sleeps with you. Immediately upon
awakening, place the dog in the litter box and offer
immediate praise and a treat one he eliminates.
RESTRICT ALL FOOD AND WATER FOR
APPROXIMATELY 4 HOURS PRIOR TO THE
DOG/PUPPY GOING TO SLEEP FOR THE NIGHT.
If your dog has been using "pee pee pads prior to
the introduction of the litter box, place a "pee pee"
pad on top of the grass. When you feel confident
that your dog knows that this is where he is
suppose to do his business, then remove the pad.
Or, you may want to cut the pad down in size over a
period of a week or two, The same is true if your
dog has been using dog litter. Place the dog litter
on top of the grass and gradually decrease the use
of the product.
Dogs usually eliminate upon waking and within an
hour after eating or drinking. THIS IS THE TIME TO
WATCH YOUR DOG/PUPPY CLOSELY! When you see
your pet start to sniff, turn in a circle, THEY ARE
GETTING READY TO GO! Time permitted have your
pet walk to the box. Keep a leash handy during the
training stage. If the bowel movement or the act of
urinating is going to happen, try to quickly carry
your puppy to the box. IF YOU HAVE time to put the
leash on then walk your dog to the box. TRY NOT
TO CARRY your dog or puppy otherwise this
becomes the learned behavior!! MAKE YOUR PET
WALK FROM DIFFERENT AREAS IN THE HOUSE TO
THE BOX. Your dog has to know where the box is
from all areas of our home. You can do "practice
runs" with your dog or puppy by placing him on a
leash in any room in your home and then state,
"PEE PEE". AND MAKE YOUR DOG OR PUPPY WALK
WITH YOU TO THE BOX.
Dogs will not eliminate near their food/water or
bedding unless forced to do so. Keep your pet's
food/water and sleeping material at least two feet
away from the Rascal Dog Litter Box.
PLENTY OF TREATS!
|PLEASE!!! DO NOT HIT OR HARM
YOUR DOG OR PUPPY!
YOU WANT YOUR FOUR LEGGED
FRIEND TO RESPECT YOU,
NOT FEAR YOU!!!
TRAIN YOUR DOG OR PUPPY
THIS IS IMPORTANT!
YOUR DOG OR PUPPY WANTS
TO PLEASE YOU!
PRAISE THE POSITIVE BEHAVIOR!
|REMEMBER TO STILL EXERCISE YOUR DOG OR
PUPPY TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT
AND FOR STRONG MUSCLES, JOINTS AND A
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SHE COMES INTO HEAT!!!
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THE PUPPY IS NOT TAUGHT PROPER
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|LACEY AND LILY WERE ADOPTED BY
MY CUSTOMER. TE PUPPY MILL
WAS OPERATING IN PENNSYVANIA.
This computer is
headed to the
WOW!!! CHECK OUT WHAT THIS
DOG IS TRAINED TO DO!!!!
IT IS AMAZING WHAT YOU CAN
TEACH A DOG OR PUPPY WITH
PATIENCE, CONSISTENCY, PRAISE
AND A TREAT!!!
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|TRAINING A RESCUE DOG
the video above from a shelter. She was found Naples
as I thought it was fitting!!!
She trembled in my arms on the drive home, terrified of
so far. She is between 2 - 3 years of age.
Puppies take very quickly to the litter box, but training a
rescue dog may take a little more time and effort.
Also, Naples is very sick. She is heart worm positive and
is currently undergoing treatments, which makes the
dog feel very ill. She was heart worm positive when I
adopted her. I knew that I would follow through on the
treatments that will hopefully save her life. As of this
posting on 5/13/12 she is still undergoing treatments. I
am praying that she turns heart worm negative, but if
she does not, at least she knew a home, the love of an
owner, plenty of food during her stay here on earth.......
1.) THE FIRST THING I HAD TO DO WAS TO LET HER
EXPLORE MY HOME AND TO KNOW SHE WAS SAFE!!! I did
place a puppy pad on the floor, hoping she would be
attracted to the pad, she was not.
I knew she would not learn to be litter box trained if she
was scared. I KNOW THAT IF I WAS FRIGHTENED I WOULD
BE THINKING ABOUT SURVIVAL AND NOT CAPABLE OF
LEARNING ANYTHING, the same is true for an animal.
I did not attempt to train her to the box for the first
couple of days. I took her outside frequently while
establishing a command "PEE PEE"
2.) Once I felt she knew she was safe and there was
ample food and attention I continued to take her outside
(since she was from the streets a litter box would seem
so foreign to her). I would just repeat over and over
again WHILE I HAD HER ON A LEASH, PEE PEE. I don't
know her history, if she ever had home, if so, what was
the command that the previous owner used? I had to
start from ground zero.
PLENTY OF TREATS AND PRAISE DURING THIS PHASE!!!!
3.) Once I felt she knew the command I then introduced
the litter box by the door she had been exiting. She also
had watched my new puppy that I was training use her
own box and receive treats and praise. I took Naples to
the box FREQUENTLY while she was on a leash. I kept
her on a leash so that if she hopped out, she could not
run away. I had control of the situation. I stated my
command that I had established, "PEE PEE". I also had
some of her urine from previous accidents that I rubbed
on the grass so she could smell her previous scent.
The first time she used the box, I think all of Florida
knew!!! So received so much praise and treats!!!
4.) Of course there were a couple of accidents, but I
ignored the negative behavior (or if I just saw her have
accident I did offer a negative reinforcement with a firm,
"NO", but I had to be careful not to break the trust she
has placed in me. Instead of concentrating on the
negative behavior I PRAISED THE POSITIVE!!! So, Naples
soon learned that if she went outside the box, nothing
happened, or if I happened to capture her in the act, a
negative reinforcement with a firm "NO" was given.
5.) It took two weeks to train her and she is now
completely litter box trained.
I BELIEVE A RESCUE DOG KNOWS WHEN YOU SAVE
HIS/HER LIFE!!! NAPLES HAS BLOSSOMED, SHE NO
LONGER TREMBLES. She is completely litter box trained
and finally has her "forever" home.........Tricia
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|Do not keep the dog pr puppy for
hours in a crate.
Exercise your pet!!!
PROVIDE A HEALTHY DIET!
PROECT YOUR PET FROM HARSH
Yearly exams/shots and take your
pet to the vet when he/she
PLEASE DO NOT HIT YOUR PET!!!!!
PLENTY OF LOVE AND ATTENTION!!!
WE ALL CRAVE THESE EMOTIONS!
TREAT YOUR PET HOW YOU WOULD
WANT TO BE TREATED.
|"Hi Tricia, so nice talking to you this morning and
looking forward to my litter box arriving. Here are a few
pictures of my special needs two legged Rex. He is
quite the character and doesn't let his disability slow
him down in the least. He was born in a crack house in
Phoenix and the AZ Humane Society was called in to
rescue the mom and two puppies. The other pup was
born with no defect. He was only two weeks old at the
time. He went to a foster with the AZ Humane Society
but because of their huge amount of intakes they have
a two week limit...They contacted rescue groups and
Lucky Dog Rescue in Scottsdale agreed to take him.
I saw on Facebook that Lucky Dog needed a special
foster family for a special dog. They chose us to be that
family. I got him when he was about 5 weeks old and 1.1
lbs. He is now 11 weeks old and 3.8 pounds. We all fell
in love with this little guy including Holly and Speedy
our other two rescue dogs so Rex has definitely found
his forever home with us. When he reaches six months
of age he will be fitted with his own custom wheels so
he will be able to go on walks just like any other dog...:)
Terri C and little Rex of Scottsdale, Arizona
PLEASE CONSIDER ADOPTING A RESCUE DOG OR
PUPPY!!!! SO MANY NEED A GOOD HOME!!
What an angel Terri is to adopt a special needs puppy!!!
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WHAT A CUTIE!!!!
|I STILL LOVE MY
OWNER IN SPITE
OF THIS WEIRD