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Litter training

by Kimberly

Has anyone ever tried litter training their maltese? If so, what was the results? So far Chelsea just wants to eat the litter. I know that it can't be good for her so I open her mouth and try to get it all out. I have even put poopoo and tinkle in the box, but no luck. Is there a easy way of taking them outside? I don't mind taking Chelsea outside, but when it rains she gets all wet and muddy. Lately it has been raining every day, and sometimes she won't even go out in it. I know you can only bath them so often. So what it the answer. She goes on the paper pretty good, but it is ruining my black and white checker floor. Not to mention her pretty white fur gets ink stains. I hope someone has the answer. By the way NO more sand in pee. (SO FAR)


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My dog liked to dig in the litter, so that was a mistake! Litter went flying everywhere! So if I were you I'd try that PuppyJohn. Good Luck! Patti & Buster

Kimberly, both of my boys go outside, so I am not the best source. However, I just thought that I would mention that on Jay's directory, under the advertiser section, there is an add and information regarding the Puppy John. My understanding is that it is a plastic tray with pads, so that nothing gets down to the floor. During rain and snow seasons, I have the same trouble with them not wanting to go out, so I may try this as well. Good luck!

Thank you for the advise. I have given the Puppy John alot of thought, and have looked at it several times. My only problem is they associate papers and throw rugs as being the same. I have several oriental rugs in my home. I would just remove them, but I just had to have them and they cost me quite a bit. I can't just get rid of them. My husband would shoot me. I am thinking of trying to get her to always go to the sun room and use the papers if it is raining or snowing. Do you think this will work? I never thought of these things before I got her. I thought I had everything all worked out. She is worth the hassle!!!

This is directed at Beverley -- can you e-mail me with any tips on the outside training. That is the only way I have trained my Jasmine -- to go outside. She is 13 weeks old and is about 80% trained on good days. She will be alone soon (September) and by then will have had about 5 weeks being outside trained. We are trying to leave her alone for a few hours here and there. We put her outside and she does both. Yet inevitably, when we come home after leaving her alone, she has pooed in the kitchen and eaten part of it and played with part of it so that half the kitchen is covered in little pieces!!! The last time we left a couple of newspapers down to see what she would do. She peed on the papers but again, the poo covered half the kitchen. I did order the puppy john. I am hoping she will use that if she cannot hold it while we are away during the day. Any useful suggestions for me? Thanks! Karen M

Karen, I have outside trained and used the just in case papers too. You could try some of that Deter stuff that is supposed to deter them from eating their poo. Good Luck with your little one. Jackie and Mika
-Jackie Florio

Kimberley; Casper is trained to use his "litter" box, only there is only about 1/4" of litter in it, and there is a sheet of unprinted newspaper of top of it. He has never bothered with the litter, but it helps to absorb the pee, and makes clean-up quite easy. I don't know if this is available in your area, but we can go to our local newpaper plant on Monday mornings,and get "roll ends" for free. They work great, and no ink stains on the dog!

Hi, I am in the process of buying a maltese and i have one major dilema. I have an apartment and i was wondering whether to use chuck pads and train the dog to go indoors. Or should i just walk it. My main concern is that if the dog goes on the chuck pads it might ruin the floors. Any advice on what to do would be most appreciated.

Trudy, Thank you for the advise. I have pretty much given up on the litter box idea. Everytime I put Chelsea in to potty, she would just dig and eat the litter. I am trying the paper in the litter box idea right now. So far, she thinks it is a place to sleep. She is so silly! What a personality. I don't think she knows that she is a dog. I am a new maltese mommy, so any advise you have to offer would be greatly appreciated.

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