Tiny was born June 2017 and he weighed a mere 10 lbs. so he was abnormally small for even a mini donkey. Mom rejected him and there was no hope she would ever accept him, so he was brought into the house to hopefully survive and live with us. He slept in a play pen with “puppy training pads” under him for the first month or so.
At first I let Tiny outside just to walk on the grass and gain strength on his wobbly little stick-like legs. He never ventured far from me as I was imprinted as his mother. I noticed when he was outside with our dogs and smelling grass he would do his “business” after smelling spots where the dogs had gone. So I decided to try to housetrain him since he would be living inside with us, I expected it to be impossible since reading everything I could get my hands on yet nothing mentioned house training equine.
At two days old I realized Tiny was very receptive to praise like all children and animals, I used limited words for requests from me. “OUTSIDE” “OUTSIDE GO PEE” “GOOD BOY” with a pat and rub “IN THE HOUSE” “QUICK QUICK GO PEE” and then when he did accomplish it I really overdid it with praise.
He had accidents at the beginning like a puppy would, if he had a little “poo” I would take it outside and set it on the grass and set him beside it saying “OUTSIDE GO PEE” and he would smell it, recognize it was his and then pee on top of it much like a dog does. Again lots and lots of praise.
When Tiny got about 2 months old he would venture further and get the donkey zoomies and since we were close to the road I felt for his safety a dog harness would work well when he was let outside.
Tiny, like a puppy needed to go out as soon as he woke up, and about 10 minutes after bottle feedings, and if he was running and playing inside with the dogs or us, he would forget like a puppy or little child being toilet trained and had to be reminded and at intervals of about once an hour till he got the hang of it realizing he was praised for being a good boy. Then he started just following our dogs outside to go when they went and he became housetrained I feel very easily because of the dogs. Now on his own he will go to the door and wait to be let out without the dogs and is doing very well!