I Taught My Dog to Use the Toilet and Now He Wants a Paycheck!

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I never thought I’d see the day when my dog would be using the toilet, but alas, here we are. It all started about a year ago when I decided to start potty training my then two-year-old Labrador retriever, Bailey. I had read online that some people had success teaching their dogs to use a human toilet and so I thought, why not give it a shot?

The first step was to get Bailey comfortable with the idea of going potty in the bathroom. I started by placing his food bowl and water dish in the bathroom and letting him roam free in there whenever he wanted. I also started taking him into the bathroom with me whenever I went to use the toilet. I would let him watch me as I did my business and then praise him afterwards.

After a few weeks of this, I felt like Bailey was ready for the next step. I purchased a small plastic potty chair that fit over the toilet seat and placed it in the bathroom. I then took Bailey into the bathroom and showed him the potty chair. I encouraged him to sniff around it and even placed a few treats on it to entice him.

The next step was actually getting Bailey to use the potty chair. I did this by taking him into the bathroom after he had eaten or drunk a lot of water and gently placing him on the chair. I would then wait patiently for him to do his business. It took a few tries, but eventually Bailey got the hang of it and started going potty in the potty chair on a regular basis.

Now that Bailey was successfully using the potty chair, it was time to transition him to using the toilet seat on his own. I started by propping the toilet seat up with a book so that Bailey could easily access it. I then took him into the bathroom and encouraged him to jump up onto the seat. I praised him heavily whenever he did this and eventually he got the hang of it.

The next step was to transition Bailey from the potty chair to the toilet seat without the book. I did this by slowly removing the book a little bit at a time until he was able to jump up onto the toilet seat on his own. I also started teaching him to flush the toilet after he went potty. I would say “flush” and then push the handle down myself. Eventually Bailey started doing it on his own.

And that’s how Bailey learned to use the toilet! It was a lot of work, but it was worth it. Now Bailey is a three-year-old and he still uses the toilet whenever he needs to go potty. And he always flushes too!

I never thought I’d see the day when my dog would be using the toilet, but alas, here we are. It all started about a year ago when I decided to start potty training my then two-year-old Labrador retriever, Bailey. I had read online that some people had success teaching their dogs to use a human toilet and so I thought, why not give it a shot?

The first step was to get Bailey comfortable with the idea of going potty in the bathroom. I started by placing his food bowl and water dish in the bathroom and letting him roam free in there whenever he wanted. I also started taking him into the bathroom with me whenever I went to use the toilet. I would let him watch me as I did my business and then praise him afterwards.

After a few weeks of this, I felt like Bailey was ready for the next step. I purchased a small plastic potty chair that fit over the toilet seat and placed it in the bathroom. I then took Bailey into the bathroom and showed him the potty chair. I encouraged him to sniff around it and even placed a few treats on it to entice him.

The next step was actually getting Bailey to use the potty chair. I did this by taking him into the bathroom after he had eaten or drunk a lot of water and gently placing him on the chair. I would then wait patiently for him to do his business. It took a few tries, but eventually Bailey got the hang of it and started going potty in the potty chair on a regular basis.

Now that Bailey was successfully using the potty chair, it was time to transition him to using the toilet seat on his own. I started by propping the toilet seat up with a book so that Bailey could easily access it. I then took him into the bathroom and encouraged him to jump up onto the seat. I praised him heavily whenever he did this and eventually he got the hang of it.

The next step was to transition Bailey from the potty chair to the toilet seat without the book. I did this by slowly removing the book a little bit at a time until he was able to jump up onto the toilet seat on his own. I also started teaching him to flush the toilet after he went potty. I would say “flush” and then push the handle down myself. Eventually Bailey started doing it on his own.

And that’s how Bailey learned to use the toilet! It was a lot of work, but it was worth it. Now Bailey is a three-year-old and he still uses the toilet whenever he needs to go potty. And he always flushes too!

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