September 9th, 2007, 12:18 PM
I have a Jack Russell pup who is 3 mos. old and sometimes pees in her crate. This is our 2nd JR as the last one was 16 yrs. old when we lost her so we have done the crate training before successfully. The new one is a female, well bred, good temparment and sleeps thru the night and doesn't mess in the crate. She also goes outside to go and has really no problems in the house. Here's the problem, if left in the crate for short periods during the day, she sometimes(not always) pees in the crate. Even if taken outside before crating and goes to the bathroom she will pee in the crate. Also the crate is cleaned after every episode with a pet deodorizing cleaner and the soiled towel replaced with a clean one that was machine washed. I am suspecting some separetion anxiety as she is very close to us and doesn't like us to be out of site. Any help would be welcome.
September 9th, 2007, 12:32 PM
Welcome to the board!
How long is your JRT in the crate? My JRT couldn't hold it properly in his crate until he was about 4 months, sometimes he was fine and other times it seemed like he peed almost as soon as he went in there even though he could hold it for hours and hours outside the crate. I actually broke all the crating rules and took out the divider and gave him paper to pee on so he wouldn't have to lie in it while I was at work because I felt awful anytime it happened. He finally just stopped all on his own sometime just before he turned 4 months old and hasn't had any accidents in there since.
Since you crate trained your other pup I'm sure the crate is the right size and all that stuff already. If it is separation anxiety, try not making any kind of fuss when you take her out of the crate and keep everything low key before crating - no fuss, no playtime, just the routine of turning on the radio or whatever you do, toss in a special treat and toy, etc. We always make sure to have at least 10 minutes of quiet time leading up to the crate.
You really MUST post pictures of her too! I adore JRT's:cloud9:... mine is my first, and I can't imagine having any other breed of dog now:lovestruck:.
September 9th, 2007, 03:49 PM
Thanks for the speedy reply and yes I have taken some pictures digitally and will post them soon. As far as the peeing ,she is definetly a exercise in contradiction as you stated , she can hold it for several hours or all night , but I think she gets worked up when we put her in the crate even though she appears calm. We will stay vigilant as the minute you give in to these dogs, they OWN YOU! Thanks again for the help. Paul