problem house training Jack Russell male

Old 08-03-09, 02:43 PM
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problem house training Jack Russell male

My daughter bought a six week old JR last week.
She has had no problem training her dogs in the past.
She puts him in a small area kennel when it is time to put up. At first he was wetting and pooping in the kennel. Pooping was a misunderstanding with the breeder and she was overfeeding him. Over feeding stopped at noon today and hopefully the dog will be able to control himself concerning that problem by tomorrow.
PROBLEM: She takes him outside to wet and he sniffs around the yard for a while then comes in, kennels up and lets it fly.
Is this dog just a wee bit young to learn? Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Tom
Old 08-04-09, 12:15 AM
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No, the dog is not too young to learn or be proprly housebroken or crate trained. It sounds like the breeder didn't know how to properly crate train him. How large is the crate? If it is too big, he will be able to do his busniess, and still not have to lay in it. The thing with crate training is timing, and appropriate use of the crate. His crate should be big enough for him to stand, turn around and lay down in, for training purposes. No bigger. One of the main reasons crate training works as an aid to housebreaking is that dogs, normally, do not like to lay in their messes.

When your dtg feeds, he needs to be kept outside, until he does his business. PERIOD. It takes patience and a firm but gentle hand to do this. Once he's done, with both, then he can be taken in and crated.

Russells Parson Terriers (formerly known as Jack Russell Terriers) are a very smart breed. If he is allowed to continue fouling his crate, it will never get solved. Now is the time to practise patience and stay outside with him until he is done.

I can post some links if you'd like, or, if you have any other questions, feel free to ask. I think a good look at the crate size, and how willing your daughter is to stay outside until he is done, may cure the problem.
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I'll just add a couple comments to what RhainyC said. IMHO, crate training is the best way when done correctly; however, I think 6 weeks is way too young to hope for anything more than a good start on housebreaking. At that age, you should be taking him out after eating as RhainyC said, but every 3 to 4 hours too. Could be more or less, you just have to play that by ear. Every dog is different and the length of time it takes to housebreak varies all over the map. BTW, there is a very good book on crate training called "How to Housebreak Your Dog in 7 Days" by Shirlee Kalstone. For under $10 on Amazone, it's dirt cheap. Although, don't believe the 7 days part; buy it for the procedure.

Just as an aside, I can't believe how young some breeders let puppies go! My wife and I have been showing and breeding for just 12 or so years and we have never let a puppy go before 11 weeks old. In fact, our breed-specific national club's Code of Ethics says absolutely no younger than 8 weeks, but 11 to 12 weeks prefered. Heck, the moms are barely even thinking about weaning the pups at 6 weeks.
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Stubborn and lovable JRT's

I have a Jack Russell mix that I got from a pound. He did mark like a maniac for the first couple of weeks, then settled down and now rarely has accidents. I do however sympathize with your house-training woes.

One thing that has become apparent for me is that I really need to work this dog (and as you may know from prior JRT experiences), this means lots of training and exercise. My little guy loves to work, so I have found that he is not only good at, but also loves agility training. Recently, a new JRT started at the same place we go and he was only 12 weeks old and seemed to pick it up quickly. The owner says this actually wears the little guy our quite nicely - something to consider in you overall JRT management strategy. Good Luck and enjoy the little guy
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I am about to the end of my rope with my JRT, he is about 7 yrs. and is still having accidents pissing, althoughI am not sure they are accidents, when I first got him we trained him quite easily and then I caught him cocking his leg on the furniture and gave him hell as instructed by many who have owned JRT's for years and he seemed to stop, then I changed households and sig't others and he is back to pissing on the floor again especially her coats and scarfs... oh man does she get mad!!! I can't believe I still have him or but we are about to move into a new house and something has to change any suggestions?
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Wannabee, as mentioned in all the above posts, JRT are a real handful.

You don't mention if your dog is neutered, and what training he has had. Having that information would be very helpful. Otherwise all I can recommend is the same as the above posts, along with at least 2 long/active walks/work sessions, to burn some energy off. In honesty it sounds like a territorial problem.

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