Can you train a puppy to use a litter box?

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How do you train a dog to use a litter box? 

Get your dog excited about going to the bathroom by setting the litter box up. Talk about going to the potty or walking them to the door without opening it.

Use a treat to lure them into the box. Once they are in, give them the treat and they will talk about going to the potty again.

Your dog will start sniffing the litter once it needs to go. Encourage them with vocal signals, but at a lower noise level.

Give them another treat after they use the litter box and celebrate with lots of praise.

Allow them to praise them so much that they know they have done a good thing. You should repeat this process every time you think they need to go.


Before you commit to one litter box, it’s important that you have goodDurability. The material needs to be strong enough not to warp under the weight of your dog.

The litter box needs to be stable so that it won’t flip when your dog jumps out of it.

If you want to know if the litter box you are looking at is durable, look to customer reviews. If previous customers are not happy about something, they will let you know in the customer reviews, so this is a great place to find the not so great features of each model.

People living in apartments, condominiums, and smaller living spaces are using dog litter boxes more and more. If you don’t have easy access to the outside, they are great. If your dog has incontinence, is older, has mobility issues, or you aren’t home to always let your dog out, try out a dog litter tray. We hope that you found a good option for your dog.

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What is a Canine Litter Box?

Cat litter boxes with the sand-like litter that gets kicked out or carried out by their little paws are what most people think of when they think of a litter box. That design does exist, but that is not what we are talking about. The right litter box will leave your house mess-free.

Cats like to bury their pee and poo. The actual litter is not needed for your Pug to soak up their mess. The design of many dog litter boxes makes it impossible for your Pug to come in contact with the litter. Some dog litter boxes don’t use litter at all.

I wrote an article about some of the best litter boxes for Pugs. If you are considering litter training your Pug, be sure to check it out.

How Are Dog Litter Boxes Designed?

There are a variety of dog litter boxes. A cat litter box is very similar to a dog litter box. Your Pug’s height will be the biggest difference. Your Pug may have to step into the litter to do their job.

This design is unlikely to work for you and your Pug because they don’t step directly into the litter.

A raised platform litterbox is the way to go for a less messy experience. Some brands use a raised platform to allow your Pug’s urine to fall through and be caught.

The bottom part of the crate can be used as a catch pan with the dog litter soaking up.

There are litterboxes that take potty training to the next level. The raised platform has fake grass on top. It will make your Pug think he is on grass.

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If you have a puppy, you can use this feature to get them used to stepping in the grass. If you have ever owned a puppy of any breed, it is not unusual for them to be hesitant to step on it. It’s a new sensation to feel grass beneath their paws. The fake grass is a great feature.

It’s not as cold or flexible as real grass, but it gets them used to it so that when potty training is brought outdoors, the transition is much easier.

How Do You Potty Train a Pug to Use A Litterbox?

When you teach your Pug to use a litterbox, it’s the same as when you teach them to pee on a pee pad. It will take a lot of positive reinforcement, patience, and a regular schedule to teach them properly.

Before you start training, you should show it to your Pug. They will be curious and hesitant to approach it. They may not like the feeling of it beneath their feet.

Whether it be dog litter, a grate, or fake grass, it is better to get the newness of it out of the way before it becomes a distraction.

The goal is for your Pug to be familiar with it. If your Pug seems less hesitant, you should start potty training.

The first thing you need to do is get your Pug on a schedule, where you consistently bring them to the bathroom area and encourage them to do their business.

Staying on a daily schedule will allow your Pug to go to the bathroom.

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