Anxiety problems in a Jack Russell Terrier

by Vanessa

I have a 12 week old Jack Russel and we're housebreaking him and it seems starts to work. But every time that we have any meal he starts to ask to go outside even if he just came from outside. If we ignore him he pees under the table. What should we do?

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Hi Vanessa,

It seems like your Jack Russell might be associating meal times with going outside or is using it as an opportunity to get attention. Here are some tips to help you manage the situation:

Establish a routine: Create a consistent schedule for your dog's meals, walks, and potty breaks. This will help your dog understand when it's time to go outside and when it's not.

Potty breaks before mealtime: Make sure to take your puppy outside for a potty break before you start preparing or having a meal. Praise and reward them when they successfully eliminate outside.

Redirect attention: If your dog asks to go outside during mealtime, redirect their attention with a toy or a chew treat. This will keep them occupied and discourage them from asking to go outside or peeing under the table.

Confine during mealtime: Consider using a playpen, crate, or baby gate to confine your puppy to a designated area during mealtime. This can help prevent accidents and keep your puppy from demanding attention when it's not time for a potty break.

Reinforce good behavior: When your puppy successfully eliminates outside, be sure to reward them with praise and treats. This will help reinforce the desired behavior.

Clean accidents thoroughly: If your puppy has an accident under the table, clean it up immediately using an enzymatic cleaner. This will help remove any lingering odors that may encourage your puppy to eliminate in the same spot again.

Patience and consistency: Housebreaking a puppy takes time, patience, and consistency. Keep up with the routine, and your puppy should gradually understand when it's appropriate to ask to go outside.

If the problem persists, consider consulting with a professional dog trainer or behaviorist for additional guidance.

All the best,

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