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Old January 7th, 2005, 07:34 AM
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Hi from SC

Hello to all. I have a new Jack Russell puppy - got December 1st. He is trouble so far as we cannot seem to potty train him. (I am now doing the crate method - which I tried originally but didn't seem to work - I am trying again!) But for some reason he would rather go on the floor, and now he is going in the crate and it doesn't seem to bother him much. We can walk him forever and when we come in he goes. I don't know what else to do! But he is a smart dog otherwise. Hopefully all will turn out soon. Nice to meet you all
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Old January 7th, 2005, 07:40 AM
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Hi and welcome!

From what I understand, puppies, especially really young ones can take months to fully housetrain. How old is your pup, and do you have a pic?
Also, when training, be consistent... get him used to one method and stick to it. Another thing, if he has too much room in his crate, he may potty in one side and sleep in another... they only need enough room to turn around and lie down... puppies usually don't potty where they have to sleep. Good luck!
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Old January 7th, 2005, 07:42 AM
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Just out of curiosity, where did you get this little guy?
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Old January 7th, 2005, 07:48 AM
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Hi Dasher,from my absolute favourite state in the US
I don't have much experience with puppies,but I know JRT's can be a handful,really cute though...a pic please!
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Old January 7th, 2005, 08:02 AM
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hi to all answerers! Yes the crate is small - he doesn't have much room (its a cat carrier). I got him from a local breeder - she owns 17 of them! I'm not good at doing pictures but I will try - he is 13 weeks old.
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Old January 7th, 2005, 08:25 AM
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Oh my he is sooooo adorable!

The advice already given---to be consistent--is key. He needs to learn how it's done. If you are trying out different methods he will get confused.

There are number of threads that you can review on potty training puppies---they may be very helpful to you.

If he is in a cat carrier their may still be too much room if he can squat at one end and then lay down right beside his potty spot. Be sure to clean up after his oppsies with vinegar and water to remove the smell. If he keeps smelling his pee he will go back and do it again.

Also, as soon as he gets up in the morning and as soon as you get home he should be taken out to pee. Praise him for going outside too---they like that!

As soon as you see him sniffing or acting like he might pee--run outside with him! This may sound tedious, but it's the effort that's needed to get him trained.

And, be patient. He is only 13 weeks old. He is just a baby. A lot of puppies aren't actually fully trained until anywhere from 6 months to 1 year. I'd anticipate accidents happening until at least the one year mark

Anyways, good luck!! Happy training!
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