Bad bunny hygeine training
Erics cage is set up with newspaper on the bottom with his food dish in the corner, hay hung from the cage in that corner, and his recycled newspaper litter box on the other end. He has room to lay around and sit and hop in and out of his beloved litter box.
Eric has developed some shamelessly gross potty habits. It has never been this terrible. Eric has been through a good amount of moving in his life, from the frat house I rescued him from, and now we live in a one bedroom in Portland OR with my boyfriend and 2 energetic dogs. Eric seems to love all this and his behavior has never been more delightful. He hops up on the couch with us, follows the dogs, binkys in his cage, flops all over the place, and loves being pet. He used to have average and acceptable behavior.
For the past month especially, he only pees outside his litter box- including in his food dish and on his hay- and does most of his poo outside it. He has no problem lounging around in either his clean bucket or disgusting filth.
Every morning I wake up and see he had a messy night and clean the newspaper. I would like him to associate the mornings with a clean litter box, so that he keeps that only for going potty. I dont know how to reverse his mentality. He seems to think- rightly- that if he makes a mess of his cage then I will clean it right up for him and his precious litterbox will remain clean and cozy.
How on earth do I re potty train him? Ive tried those odor pellets, Ive tried putting soiled newspaper in the litter box and leaving it there (he removes it or eats it). When he is out roaming the house, sometimes he'll pee in the corner. How would I stop that? If I leave out his litter box (that he doesnt know how to use) the dogs get into it.
When Eric and I traveled all day from Boston to Portland, Oregon he was my 'carry on' and was in a traveling carrier. He didn't poop or pee at all in there all day. So I know he is capable of holding it for a long time.
How can I potty train him. I would appreciate all help thanks.