Jack Russel

Potty Training

by Briana
(Whittier, CA USA)

How do I stop them from going in the house? He goes outside but still comes inside just to go potty.

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Jan 19, 2010
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Potty Training
by: Anonymous

We tied a small bell on a string to the door knob and rang the bell every time we took our JRT out to go potty. We only take her out on leash and repeat often "hurry up go potty" and she does and usually quite quickly. We eventually moved the bell to a door that she does not go out and she still rings the bell when she has to go and thinks no one knows. We also praise her every time she goes with "good girl" and reward her with a "cookie" often. Also in the early days of training we took her out often and especially everytime she looked restless.

Jan 27, 2009
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Patience & Persistence
by: DlynCottn

I don't know why, but JRT's are so easy to train with everything else but the potty part. Mine did the same thing, go outside - nada, come inside - "POTTY TIME". Every 15 minutes, if you can, take 'em out. WATCH constantly when they come in for any sign of lifting or squatting. They will get it. My 9 y.o. would sooner burst before pottying in the house...now!

Jan 16, 2009
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Potty Training
by: Harborview JRTs

I don't recommend withholding water. I do however recommend very frequent trips outside. How old is this puppy? I sell my pups starting at 8 weeks old and they are 99% house trained and crate trained. House training pups is very easy. You need to set them up for success. It is a lot of work on your part. I suggest taking the pup out almost every 1/2 hour to an hour. You must get the puppy out prior to his mistakes. Never punish the pup for mistakes in the house. Remember if he makes a mistake it is your duty to get him out more often.

Jan 16, 2009
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Potty Training?
by: Anonymous

You probably will have to walk them, give a command like, "go potty" and be very patient. You also have to limit access to water, so they can go out after they have a drink. Lots of praise is also a good idea when they "potty" outside. They are very smart and will catch on quickly. Starting with a puppy is hard work for a few months, but very much worth the trouble.

Good luck and as Cesar says, they don't respond to anger, be calm and assertive.

Jan 16, 2009
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Potty Training
by: Harborview JRTS

You cannot just let him outside for potty and allow him to play and forget he is out there for potty break. My best suggestion is to purchase an Exercise Pen (x-pen) and set it up outside your door or where every you want him to go potty. Place him in the x-pen and stand with him giving him the verbal command, such as "go potty" and keep him there till he goes. Once he does he can come out and play. It really really works and is a great help if you are traveling or visiting people.

Good Luck!

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