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Training Tips

Congratulations on your purchase of Litter Box -a product that will make a difference in the lives of both you and your pet!

Before you begin training your pet, please understand that every dog is unique and has its own personality. Some dogs or puppies may take instinctively to the litter box within a couple of days, for others it may take a while longer. On average, it takes about a week to complete training. Also, be aware there are bound to be accidents during the initial training period.

Whilst the Rascal Dog Litter Box is most definitely a very practical & functional product, it is NOT A MAGIC BOX! This will be a learning curve for both you and your dog; you will observe his/her defecation and urination habits and your pet will get accustomed to using the Litter Box.  Remember, you are in the role of the teacher and your pet is your pupil. Dogs want nothing more than to please you! You have to teach your "little one" where they are to excrete/urinate. Didn't your mother or father potty train you? You had a learning curve as well and occasional accidents........ Similarly your pet will too!

BE PATIENT. BE CONSISTENT. OFFER PRAISE AND REWARDS!

Your pet will need a lot of praise and appreciation, - be generous when giving praise and reward for their efforts. Sometimes there is hesitation on the owner's part in giving rewards/treats; you can train your pet without offering any treats, but providing them as a reward for progress helps in cutting the training time down!!!

Treats for your pet should be kept out of reach of your pet, but close to the Litter Box (perhaps on a work surface above it). In that way it will be easy for you to reward him or her for using the Litter Box during the training process. A range dog treats are available commercially, or you could cook and cube some fresh meat that your pet enjoys. Don't forget to praise your pet in addition to the treat.

Firstly, realise there may be accidents during the training period. Please be patient! Plan on Litter Box training when you are able to devote a couple of days to it. The initial days that you can dedicate to litter train your dog successfully are well worth the effort. It will protect your house and also give you years of joy with your well- behaved and
Litter Box trained dog!

Secondly, it is important you place the Rascal Dog Litter Box in a location where it is clearly visible, even if it is not where you ultimately intend to place it. PRAISE AND GIVE A REWARD AS SOON AS YOU SEE YOUR PET USE THE LITTER BOX! THIS IS IMPERATIVE! The litter box can be moved later; your dog or puppy has to learn the use of the box first.

Use paper towels to clean up any mishaps that your dog may have. Place the towel with your dog's urine on top of the grass and/or tucked in the corners. Dogs usually return to urinate near their previous odours. The grass comes scented thereby encouraging them to use the Litter Box again and again. You can also purchase puppy pads for the initial training period. Place a wee wee/puppy pad on top of the grass and then gradually cut it down in size until only the grass remains. Dogs are usually very attracted to puppy pads for training.

IF you are adopting a new puppy, find out what the breeder had been using for their toilet needs. When you take him home, ask the breeder for some pieces of soiled papers or piddles/puppy pads so that you can place these in the Litter Box. He will be drawn to the familiar scent of the siblings from the litter. You only need urine soiled papers or they can be dry.

Refrain from using any deodorisers during the training period as this may cover the smell that your dog needs in order to go back to the Litter Box. Also, during the training period do not change or clean the grass as often as you would like. You want your dog or puppy to smell their previous odours so they can return to using the Rascal Dog Litter Box.

Praise your dog or puppy for even going near the box. Place him/her inside the box several times a day and keep on encouraging and praising him! Have the treats close at hand so you can reward your pet immediately! If, you witness your dog or puppy having an accident, - state a firm    "NO!  And place him back in the box while tapping on the grass with your hand stating “wee wee here!”

Use the words "WEE WEE" for both acts of elimination. There is no need to differentiate between urination and defecation. I believe that "'WEE WEE" is the phrase to use due to the sharp "E" sound and that is repeated twice. Most importantly, be consistent with your commands, treats and lots of praise! If you have an older dog that you are training and has an understanding of another term, continue to use that command.

After you have successfully trained your dog in using the litter box, you may want to move the box to a chosen area. This should be done gradually each day until the desired location in your house is reached. If the box is moved too far too quickly, your dog will continue using the old location.

It is wise to cross train your dog to use the box and to go outdoors. . Once your pet is trained to the box, NOW it is time to start training for outdoors. Puppies and dogs have to eliminate first thing in the morning after sleeping all night. Simply pick up your dog or puppy and THE RASCAL DOG CANINE GRASS and take both of them outdoors. Set the pad down and allow the dog or puppy to smell their previous scent on the grass pad. State your command, "WEE WEE HERE". Some dogs really equate eliminating with "entering into the box". If, your dog or puppy does not want to eliminate just on the grass pad you may need to take the litter box outside with you. All of the Rascal Dog Litter Box Products are light weight so this is easy to do!

No one wants to have brown burnt circles of dead grass all over their yard. Pick a spot that you would like to have your dog or puppy eliminate and go to this same spot during the cross training period.

Refrain from offering food and water to your dog for four hours prior to bed time. THIS IS THE TIME TO WATCH YOUR DOG/PUPPY CLOSELY! When you see your pet start to sniff, turn in a circle, THEY ARE GETTING READY TO GO! Time permitted, have your dog walk to the box. Keep a lead handy during the training stage. TRY NOT TO CARRY your dog or puppy to the litter box, MAKE HIM / HER WALK! Otherwise this becomes the learned behaviour.

You can confine your dog or puppy to a small area. You may want to use a cage or have an exercise pen for your pet to get use to the Litter Box and state "wee wee here". Immediately reward your dog! The dog has to connect the act of eliminating with receiving praise and a treat! If you decide to cage train your dog/puppy, please let them out frequently.

If your pet seems fearful of going in the box, place the box on the floor and get behind the back of the box. Lure your puppy in with a treat. The dog MUST enter the box to get the reward. This also teaches them the idea of going all the way into the box for when they eliminate in the Litter Box. Also, spend some time with your puppy/dog near the Litter Box. This will lessen any fear that they may have.

You may wish to keep your pet on a lead that you hold in your hand. When you witness your dog/puppy start to "sniff around" place them in the litter box. Give command, once your dog urines or defecates, give plenty of PRAISE! Allow your dog to be free from the lead for about an hour and then put him back on it. This method is an alternative to cage training.

If you are training an older dog or a Puppy who is used to going outside, place a piece of turf in the litter box over the synthetic grass. Over a period of approximately a week, break pieces of the turf until just the synthetic grass remains. Repeat if necessary.

Make your dog walk from different areas in the house to the box. Your dog has to learn to locate the box from all areas of the house. You can do "practice runs" with your dog or puppy by placing him on a lead in any room in your home...

Dogs are very territorial and naturally pack animals. They do not like to allow a new member into their “Pack”. Try to obtain little urine from another dog owner or urine soaked puppy pad. Rub or place the soiled pad in the litter box. IT IS IMPORTANT TO VERIFY THAT THE OTHER DOG IS UP TO DATE ON HIS SHOTS BEFORE TAKING THIS STEP! In theory your dog will want to mark over the other dog's urine.

THIS IS THE TIME TO GIVE A TREAT!

LOTS OF PATIENCE, CONSISTENT behavior plus PLENTY OF PRAISE AND REWARDS

COMING HOME TO A CLEAN HOUSE!!!

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR   RASCAL DOG LITTER BOX GRASS

The Starter Grass Pad has a stronger scent than usual to attract your pet to the box.
PS   Please  use  3-4  squirts of the spray initially  as the grass can easily  lose  it's scent in transit  before you put it out for your Little One.
PLEASE NOTE:   IF THE GRASS FLATTENS DURING SHIPPING, PLEASE “RAKE” the grass with a dog brush and re-fluff the blades.

The grass is machine washable on the delicate cycle. Place the grass in an old pillowcase and knot it tightly!  Preferably, use a king size pillowcase. IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED A RASCAL DOG LAUNDRY BAG, PLEASE MAKE SURE THE BAG IS CLOSED TIGHTLY WITH THE BEAD AND SECURE THE STRING WITH A SLIP KNOT. Please use cold water. You may use a gentle detergent, ¼ cup of bleach and/or ¼ cup of baking soda to neutralize the odour's. If you are washing more than two pieces of grass, do not wash them at the same time. General recommendation to wash the grass is no more than once a week. 

Whilst cleaning in the washer, rinse the grass out, - Let the grass air dry.
Do not put the grass in the dryer! It is best to wait till your dog is totally Litter Box trained before you wash the grass, .Until then, you can just rinse the grass. The idea is for your pet to be able to smell their previous odours so that they continue to return to the use of the box. ONCE Your DOG IS COMPLETELY TRAINED, YOU CAN FRESHEN THE GRASS UP WITH A SCENTED FABRIC SOFTENER.

HAPPY TRAINING AND THANK YOU...

 

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