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Litter box training a dog does require the dog's total and complete trust in you. The box is to be used by the dog whenever it needs to go. You must never allow the dog out of the box, other than to take him to the toilet, if he is to be used correctly.
The first few times the dog uses the box, he will not relieve himself where you want him to. This is because it is too unfamiliar an environment. After he is used to it, he will relieve himself properly.
A dog bed is something that you will want to buy for your dog. There are two types of dog beds, such as a dog bed that you put on your own bed or a bed that you place on the floor. You may already have a bed or one that you want to get.
It is a good idea to put a bed in a separate place in the home where the dog can go and lie down if he chooses to relax. You should buy a bed that is large enough for the dog to stretch out in comfortably, but you also should find one that the dog will want to sleep in. You can buy beds in a variety of sizes and materials, but be careful with wire or plastic beds. They can be chewed on and dig into the dog's skin.
**FOOD AND WATER BOWLS**
Your local pet shop will have bowls and mugs that you can use in lieu of plastic bowls and pans. They are cheaper and they are easier to clean up if they are made of ceramic, glass or stainless steel. These types of bowls can be used for food and water.
Although they are more expensive, stainless steel bowls are durable and can last for many years if you buy the correct size for your dog and take good care of them.
All animals need food to survive, and dogs are no exception to this truth. If you are ever in doubt as to whether your dog has food or not, he will be hungry. Take a look at his bowl and you will see the reflection of his empty plate. The same rule applies if your dog has no food and you go to him with some food. He will always eat! Don't forget to give him water often, too, because he will drink if he is thirsty and may also drink out of the bowl if he does not have a suitable dish available.
If your dog is overweight or obese, you may want to take him to the vet to have him checked by a vet. This is because an obese dog can suffer from many health problems, including heart problems, as well as breathing and skin problems.
Your dog does not have to use the same type of toilet that you use. He uses a crate or one of his own choosing if you give him the choice. However, you can give him a box if he likes to relieve himself in that manner. You want him to go as soon as he has to, when you are not around.
You will have to go through this process with your dog before you take him home. It would not be fair to take a dog that is ill or injured and then expect him to be able to handle his toileting duties once you get him home. You cannot expect the dog to know what you want or to have your ability to perform as a pet owner.
To begin with, the first few times your dog goes in his box, he may relieve himself in his bed or wherever he happens to feel like doing so. That's fine, so long as he doesn't do it on your new clothes, on the furniture, or anyplace else that you don't want to have urine on. Most dogs will know that these places are not appropriate. It's your job to teach the dog when it's time to go outside, just as you would teach him to get on or off the furniture or to do something else that's more appropriate. If you do this consistently, the dog will learn that he needs to go outside to urinate or defecate. When you take your dog outside to potty, praise him and offer a small treat, like a piece of cheese. Let him go in his yard or in a corner of your yard where it's OK for him to pee. Most dogs will go in a corner.
Whether to crate or not, this is a decision you need to make. If you decide to use a crate, there are two basic choices, one-piece and two-piece. A one-piece crate is for dogs that have never been crated before. These are the crates that are made by the dog supply companies and are the most popular. The two-piece crate consists of a crate and a lid. This type of crate is the best choice for an older, experienced dog who will use the crate for house-training purposes. The crate provides the dog with the needed privacy and safety, and the lid can be put on for long car trips. The two-piece crate is a good choice if you're unsure about crating.
**DOG CAR CRATE**
A dog car crate is a great way to safely travel with your dog. This crate is made for dogs of all sizes. They are lightweight and compact and fold down easily when not in use. This type of crate is available at most pet stores.
You will want to get your puppy a puppy pot or pan before you take him home. The water pan that you get should be one that you can place in the sink or wash-stand. The first few times your puppy goes in his pot or pan, he may relieve himself. You want him to associate this pot or pan with relieving himself.
Dogs and cats have different dietary needs than humans do. Your dog must have special food, designed especially for dogs, in order to grow properly and to stay healthy. Most dry food that you buy will consist of meat and cereal mixed together. This is a natural fit for dogs because they have such strong chewing instincts. However, you