Did you know that animals learn by association?
Do you want to move your cat, rabbit or guinea pig from the litter box to The Pet Loo?
The central idea is that the transition from litter box to The Pet Loo can be accomplished in a series of stages. While it's great to go from "zero to hero" over night the truth is the majority of pets will need to adapt to a series of small changes, allowing your pet time to adjust before you make another small change.
Please note, if at any time your pet goes backwards a few steps this is an indication you're pushing him/her too far too fast. Slow it down or even back up a stage or two and try again, this time slightly slower.
Remember your pet only wants to make you happy, so continual praise and reward is the key!
What to do: Training & Staging
- Begin by having the current litter box along side The Pet Loo - make sure your pet knows where it is and uses it. Let this be as is for a few days!
- Next, put the current litter box on top of The Pet Loo. Allow this to be as is for another few days!
- Take away the litter box entirely. Cover The Pet Loo with your current litter, keeping the "surface" that they are used to the same.
A lot of pets recognise the feel of a particular surface and associate it with behaviour. This has been the key to the success of The Pet Loo for Dogs. Dogs go to the park / backyard / nature strip and recognise the grass as an area to go toilet on. Again if they are praised for going toilet on this surface, they will repeat the behaviour because they know it makes you happy (who knows they might even get a treat for doing so).
- Slowly over the course of the next week or two, reduce the amount of litter on The Pet Loo until you are just left with the plush Pet Loo grass.
If at anytime you begin to think it's not worth it, just remember that you will never have to clean a litter box again!
What not to do
- Be sure not to feed your pet near or on The Pet Loo as pets instinctively avoid toileting where they eat
- Do not encourage or allow your pet to sleep or lay on The Pet Loo as it should only act as an area for toileting. Pets don't "wee" in their beds, so why should they sleep where they "wee"?