LITTER BOX 411

Our puppies are litter box trained beginning at the age of 5 weeks (or as soon as they
are up on their feet good, and able to get in and out of the box). They can continue
using the litter box at their new homes, or  be housebroken to the new owners preferred
method of training, or a combination of both.  In the past, we trained the puppies to use the
"pee pads" or newspapers, and talk about a disaster...their goal in life was to shred the
pads/papers as fast as I could get them down. Or if they did manage to leave the papers
in place, they had to walk all through their "business" after they were through...UGH.

Life with puppies has become less messy since discovering the litter box method.
We use a large "Second Nature" brand dog litter box, purchased at PetCo or PetsMart,  
along with pine pellet cat litter. For a roomier litter box, at a less expensive price, a
rectangular, shallow plastic storage box, purchase for around $5.00, can be bought at a
dollar store, or Wal-Mart.

The litter box is useful for people who work and can't let the puppy out of it's crate
during the day, or for times when the owner has to be away from home for a few hours at
a time. The puppy can be confined in an exercise pen in a room in the house, along with the
litter box, bed, toys, food and water, and be perfectly fine until the owner returns.
It is also helpful for allowing you to sleep through the night without being woken up
to take the dog outside to potty!

We love taking the litter box along to hotels, especially when we go to shows during the
winter months, or when there is rain expected. Our dogs remain trained to use the litter
box, or to potty on a leash, in an ex-pen, or outside in the yard. Versatility is always a bonus!

Below are a few links with further information on Litter Box training your dog, but our
puppies  will already be used to this method, so that is a jump start for the new owners.
Also, there are many different kinds of dog litter boxes, from basic to fancy. The main
thing is to contain the waste as effectively, and in as sanitary a method as possible.

Dog Litter Box Training
Litter Box Training (nice, detailed site)
Second Nature House Training Method
3 Resons to Litter Box Train Your Dog