Need Advice for Rescued JRT
To be honest I'm not 100% sure that my new adoptee is a JRT. The rescue group said he was a chihuahua/terrier mix. Based on photos and his energy level, I believe he is a JRT.
Merlin is 3 years old. He came from an apparently neglectful, perhaps abusive, background. He was never allowed in the house, tries to chew on leashes and is terrified of men.
Since bringing him home I'm having a hard time with house training. He will go outside at times....sometimes he'll use puppy pads in the house, but sometimes he waits too long and just pees on the floor. When he poops in the house he doesn't try to hit the puppy pads.
I have a doggy door to an enclosed area in the backyard, all grass. He doesn't seem to understand he can go out there to potty when he needs to, if I'm not home. He also hasn't figured out how to let me know if he needs to go. I hoped my 1 yr old Japanese chin dog could show him the ropes, but so far no dice.
Does anyone have advice for me? I have to admit I wouldn't have been crazy about getting a JRT if I had known that's what he was....they are so full of energy, I've always thought they would be hard to live with. But now Merlin is here and I love him already. I'll find a way to make things work, but it sure would be nice to get some sound advice.