Has anyone here successfully trained a dog to use a litter box (not for snacking)? I want to try this with my 9yo Min. Dachshund because she is constantly peeing in the house. It doesn't matter if she was just outside or if its been a couple of hours. It doesn't matter if she's recently had anything to drink or not either. She goes when she gets the urge and doesn't bother to try and hold it or let anyone know she needs to go out.

She's been checked out for infections and I also ordered x-rays to make sure there wasn't anything going on that we couldn't see and she checks out fine. The only time she holds it is when she's crated which tells me that she can do it, she just chooses not to and I'm not going to crate her 24/7.

Tara
My Aunt and Uncle in Kansas had a pet Pomeranian that was litter box trained. :-)
Good luck!
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Has anyone here successfully trained a dog to use a litter box (not for snacking)? I want to try this ... that she can do it, she just chooses not to and I'm not going to crate her 24/7. Tara

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I have a friend who - I kid you not - trained his CAT to use the toilet! There is even a web page about it:
http://www.karawynn.net/mishacat/toilet.html
Now if a stupid animal like a cat can be trained to use a human toilet, why can't the most loyal and trainable animal on earth?

(I think that a platform might be needed, especially for larger breedss, but wouldn't it be great?)
The only time she holds it is when she's crated which tells me that she can do it, she just chooses not to and I'm not going to crate her 24/7.

how about tethering?
(sorry, i don't have any clue how to litter box train a dog. i suspect that it's still a matter of housebreaking, though, regardless of the place she is trained to potty. what i mean is, you're likely to have the same problem, even with a litter box. whatever the reason she's peeing indoors, it's likely to carry over.)

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Has anyone here successfully trained a dog to use a litter box (not for snacking)?

I haven't, but we had Moogli trained to use those pee-pads over the winter. From a message you just posted in this thread, you mentioned that she always goes in the same spot. I don't know if this would work, but I don't see any reason why it wouldn't. Put the pad there and let her go on it. Once she is very used to going on it, put it in the litter box (with no litter in it). After she is used to it, put litter under the pad. Once she gets used to this, start shrinking the size of the pad, wither by folding or by cutting.

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Has anyone here successfully trained a dog to use a litter box (not for snacking)?

I haven't, but we had Moogli trained to use those pee-pads over thewinter. From a message you just posted in ... pad. Once she gets used to this, start shrinking the size of the pad, wither by folding or by cutting.

I'll try that Marcel, thanks! I doubt she will go on it but its worth a try. One night I was too tired to clean up the mess so I laid one of the "dog" towels over it. The next morning I woke up to a new puddle right next to the towel.

Tara
goes in the same exact place (by the back door...a door she refuses to go out of because the backyard is the big dogs' yard).

can you give her a space of her own to potty? if she simply doesn't want to share with the big dogs, that might solve the problem.
Alot of it is willfulness on her part. Some may disagree but those who have lived with a Min. Dachshund will know what I'm talking about.

they are pig-headed little beasties . cute, though!
I was just thinking that maybe providing her with a box to go in that will absorb the wetness will help but I'm not sure. I'm just tired of constantly cleaning puddles off the floor (right next to my kitchen table no less).

in that case, i don't see why you shouldn't give it a try. i would put the litter box in the spot she's using, since she's consistent about going there.

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goes in the same exact place (by the back door...a door she refuses to go out of because the backyard is the big dogs' yard).

can you give her a space of her own to potty? if she simply doesn't want to share with the big dogs, that might solve the problem.

She always goes out the front door. She likes to hang out in the front flower bed and dig for moles. That part is what puzzles me about why she goes to the back door. She won't willingly go out back, she's always gone out front, so why does she pee at the back door? Scott came up with an amusing theory that she's getting back at the big dogs by making them have to jump over her puddles in order to get outside.
The only other thing I can possibly think of is that we need to build her a ramp. She has seemed a tad less willing to go outside at all lately and I'm wondering if its the steps that are the problem. Not sure how that ties in with the backdoor but maybe building her a ramp will make her want to go out more often.

Tara
She stopped after I moved back in (had Summer & Fancy at the time) but then started up again about 1.5 years ago, doing it almost every day.

hmmm. i hate to ask this, but when did you lose Summer? is it possible that the re-emergence of peeing in the house happened at about the same time? if so, do you suppose it could be a subtle power issue between Fancy and Pebbles? it may be that you aren't seeing anything overt, but that there *is* a conflict bubbling under the surface and Pebbles is peeing in the house because of it.
Even though she's only 9 years old, she's battled an obesity problem for several years now and short of giving her no food ever again, we've got her down to the bare minimum of a diet food to help with that.

from what i've seen, weight can be a huge PITA with Dachshunds. they love food and gain easily and it's extremely hard to get weight off them. my aunt frequently takes her dog to my g-ma's house. g-ma feeds her all sorts of crap, which makes her balloon up. there's no telling g-ma not to feed the dog (i've got more sympathy with this now that i've had the same problem with my mom feeding harriet forbidden stuff).
The obesity has taken a toll on her joints so that coupled with her age is definitely good reason to be mindful of how much climbing she does.

that's a definite consideration. i'm not a Dachshund person (my aunt has a mini that i fell head over heals in love with, but she's the only one i know), so i don't know much about them. i know my aunt is always careful about her girl's back, which is what keyed me into your ramp comment. i don't know, but i would think a ramp would be easier on Pebbles' joints and back.
I'm ashamed that its taken me this long to think about it though.

don't be ashamed. sometimes it's hard to see things that are right in front of you.

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