Can you potty train your pet?April 10, 2017
Potty training your pet – sounds pretty ridiculous, right? You house train your pet, but you don’t consider potty training your pet, because why would you? Is it even possible? The answer, actually, is yes; you can in fact potty train your pet, both your cat and your dog. While tricky to do, it is possible, and it can make life a whole lot easier for you and even for your pet. Cats can use their litter box at any time, but dogs rely on pet owners to let them outside to do their business. A potty trained dog would not have this problem and could use the bathroom whenever they needed. Plus there would be no mess for you to clean up, or no litter box to empty.
Check out the step-by-step guide below on how best to potty train your pet. This guide is written for a dog, but if you’re potty training a cat, the steps are the same. The only difference is that you would use your cat’s litter box instead of a tub, and it may take a little longer.
What you’ll need
- A sturdy plastic tub, about 3 inches deep (a child’s potty would work well)
- A platform at least 2 inches wide on all sides. The tub will be placed inside the platform, and it should be strong enough to support the weight of your pet
How to potty train your pet
The potty training process begins outside for dogs, whereas for cats it of course begins inside with your cat’s litter box. Determine which spot outside your dog prefers to use when going to the bathroom, and bring the platform potty you made to this spot. This is so that your dog can get used to going to the bathroom in the tub and not on the grass like they would be used to.
Once your dog is comfortable using the platform potty outside, take the potty inside. Don’t bring it to the bathroom itself just yet, but rather somewhere neutral (and ideally not carpeted in case of a mess) to get your dog used to going to the bathroom indoors. The same goes for cats – move the litter box from its normal spot to somewhere neutral so they can get used to going somewhere different.
Once your pet is comfortable doing that, move the potty into the bathroom, directly next to the toilet. When your pet is comfortable using the tub in the bathroom, begin raising the potty up from the ground, approximately 6 inches at a time. The goal is to eventually have the potty be at the same height as the toilet seat. Be sure that the potty is extremely sturdy and secure after you raise it, because if your pet slips off the potty, they will likely get scared off from the process entirely.
When the potty has reached the height of the toilet seat, remove the tub and place it directly in the toilet, under the lid, ideally whenever the toilet is not in use so that your pet can get used to going on the toilet whenever they need to. Hopefully your pet is able to balance on the toilet seat and use the tub. Once they have mastered this step, you can remove the tub altogether. Your pet will then start using the toilet as is, and you will have successfully toilet trained your pet.
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