Introducing the litter box

For those of you who aren’t familiar with how we raise our puppies; we litter box train them. Actually, they kind of train themselves.

Puppies naturally don’t like to soil where they sleep, so when they are old enough, they will toddle off their bed to relieve themselves. So when we start seeing evidence on the trays beneath the puppy play pen, we know it’s a good time.

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Each litter is different, but usually this happens between 3-4 weeks of age. Which becomes the perfect time to introduce the litter box.

Of course, at this age, they don’t quite have the coordination to climb into a litter box, so we start them with a commercial version, the *Ugodog. The Ugodog is a flat tray with two grates on top. This makes an easy transition for puppy to toddle directly off his bed onto the Ugodog.

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They’ll use this for about a week. After that their little legs will be able to handle climbing into a different type litter box.

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And so litter box training begins. 🙂

UPDATE: Today (the day after I introduced the litter box), I went to clean out the puppy pen and found “evidence” that they are using their new litter box! Happy day 😀

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