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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-05-2006, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Litter box train a dog??

I was just on the dog forum to post a question for my sister and I read where someone is trying to litter train their Jack Russel dog. They rub his nose in it and yell at him when he doesn't go in the box. They are going to get rid of him if he doesn't start going in it. Did I miss something?? How crazy! By the way, it is very boring on that forum. More cat people! lol
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-05-2006, 09:09 PM
 
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Well, no wonder the dog isn't potty-trained! What they are doing by punishing him that way is counter-productive at best and cruel at worst. You didn't say how old the dog is, but your sister should look into crate training. If it is done properly it can make potty training a lot easier and faster. Doing it properly means NEVER using confinement in the crate as punishment and not leaving the dog in it for too long. Small puppies cannot be expected to stay in the crate for more than a couple of hours at most since they don't have the bladder control they will eventually have as adults. No dog should ever be crated for more than 4-5 hours.

If your sister cannot or will not make an effort to spend enough time with the dog to train it properly, she should just find it another home. Harsh corrections like rubbing the dog's nose in his messes, especially when he's too young to be expected to know better will just result in more behavior problems.
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Sorry, it is not my sister, I would beat her!! It was a post I saw on the dog forum when I was posting a question for my sister. I wrote a reply and told them if the dog won't go in a litter box, take it outside like other dog owners do. To get rid of a dog for not going in litter box????? Crazy!!
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Here is that post from the dog forum.

CAN YOU HELP US TRAIN OUR DOG?

We've been trying to litter box train our Jack Russel. He isn't consistant with urinating in the box, but he's doing pretty well.
HOWEVER, HE WON'T POOP IN THE BOX ON HIS OWN! Every day he is scolded for pooping. We have tried everything! In the beginning, I didn't yell or hit because I've been told it was my fault for not watching him, but after he was not getting the picture, I began to yell, than to swat.....NOW WE EVEN RUB HIS NOSE IN IT! What gets me is that when I start yelling at him, he runs to his box as if he KNOWS what he did. So why won't he use the litter?

HELP! WE ARE ABOUT TO LOOK FOR A NEW HOME FOR HIM AND IT IS BREAKING MY HEART!!!!!

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... this person shouldn't be allowed to own an animal
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That method of training was common way back when. However, this person shouldn't have a dog. If she really wants the dog, paper train him for BM, and then take the paper outside, so the dog will know that's the place to do his business. It requires patience, but it works. Crate the dog (puppies--no more than four hours) overnight and take him out the first think in the morning. I think every dog should have a fenced in yard or area to exercise anyway.




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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-06-2006, 12:21 AM
 
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Puppy Go Potty - Dog Litter Box Kit

At petacular.com they have a special Puppy Go Potty - Dog Litter Box Kit.
The litter box is bigger and it uses different litter then your normal cat stuff.

I think it's worth a try to train your doggie to use a litter box if you own one of the smaller breeds. I know I would certainly give it a go.

Here is everything you need to get started: http://www.petacular.com/products/Puppy-Go-Potty.html and you can order extra supplies from the site as well. They are a Canadian company but I am sure they ship to the USA and I am sure you can also find something similar online in the USA too.

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It's breaking their heart, huh?
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Those people are crazy.

The poor dog, if they want a pet that is litter trained they should have gotten a cat. But the way they are treating the dog I would hate to see what they would be like with other animals.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-06-2006, 06:58 PM
 
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Sorry, it is not my sister
Oh, Jeez! You don't need to say sorry, I do! I needed to read that a little better!
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