dog sitting on the toilet with a newspaper

Potting Training a Dog? What?!

We'd like to cover a topic that will change the way you think about dog potty training: training your dog to use a toilet! This may seem like a daunting task, but with patience and persistence, it's definitely possible. 

Before you start training your dog to use the toilet, you'll need to gather a few supplies. This includes a small, shallow litter box, a plastic liner, and some potty pads. You'll also need to choose a bathroom that's easily accessible for your dog.

various dogs standing around pool of urine on the floor

Introduction to the Litter Box:

Start by introducing your dog to the litter box and allowing them to sniff around and explore. Place a few treats inside the box to encourage your dog to climb in. Once your dog is comfortable with the litter box, you can start the next step.



dog using a litter box getting a treat

Potty Training:

The next step is to begin the potty training process. Start by taking your dog to the litter box after they've eaten or woken up from a nap. Give them plenty of time to do their business and reward them with treats and praise when they're successful. Repeat this process several times a day until your dog is consistently using the litter box.


black and tan dog using pee pad in bathroom

Gradual Transition to the Toilet:

Once your dog is comfortable using the litter box, you can start gradually transitioning them to using the toilet. Start by raising the litter box a few inches at a time, eventually moving it up to the height of the toilet. Replace the litter with potty pads, and eventually with nothing at all. Your dog will soon learn to balance on the rim of the toilet and do their business.


In conclusion, training your dog to use a toilet is definitely possible with patience and persistence. While it may take a while, the results are well worth it. A toilet-trained dog means less mess, less odor, and a happier, healthier pet.


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