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Teaching Your Adult Dog to Use the Porch Potty

Apr 1, 2011

photoNew thinking has led to the increased popularity of canine litter training, especially among owners with older pets. Some time ago, owners were encouraged to train dogs to wait until being taken outside to do their business. But these days, owners are realizing the benefits of letting dogs use litter boxes as they please.

An indoor litter box like the Porch Potty frees your pooch from the discomfort of holding it while you’re gone. Litter box training may also be the kindest option for dogs with health issues, such as if they have difficulty walking outside due to osteoarthritis or old age, or if they have an increased need to potty because of diabetes.

While it is true that litter training is easier with puppies, it can also be accomplished with adult dogs. All you need is time, patience and effort.

Setting Up the Porch Potty

It is possible to teach your older dog a new trick – how to use the Porch Potty despite his being used to another method of relieving himself. You can borrow techniques from the paper training or crate training methods.

Choose a confined area in your home, with just enough space for your dog to feed, lie down, turn around and potty. Just as you once placed papers next to his bed for potty purposes, you can substitute them with the Porch Potty. Since canines don’t like to soil where they eat or sleep, your pet will slowly learn to use the litter box. Feed him and lead him to the Porch Potty at the same time every day until he goes to it voluntarily. Be sure to always praise your dog when he successfully does his business on the Porch Potty.

What Not to Do

For best results, avoid the following common mistakes of dealing with accidents, no matter your pet’s age:

* Don’t scold your dog. If you see him relieving himself in the wrong place, clap your hands, which will cause him to stop. Take him to the Porch Potty so he can finish there.
* Don’t rub your dog’s nose in the mess. There is no point in doing this.
* Don’t hit your dog or yank his collar as punishment.
* Don’t use ammonia products for cleaning. Because urine contains this chemical, your dog may return to spots cleaned with ammonia to potty there again.

Address Health Problems

Litter box training may fail if you don’t realize your dog is suffering from a medical condition that affects his elimination. Always consult your vet before you begin litter training. Your vet will check for health issues as well as behavioral reasons for elimination problems, such as submission urination and separation anxiety.

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