Your Jack Russell may be trying to tell you it needs to go potty and you don’t even realize it. Different dogs are slightly different when it comes to communicating their needs. Your pooch may start circling or they may start sniffing the ground before they go potty.
Crate, Paper… Scissors?
Crate TrainingWhen purchasing a crate for your dog, purchase a crate that is large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around in. Place blankets or a dog bed in the crate to make it warm and inviting for your pup.
Don’t force your dog into the crate but use edible treats to coax the dog inside. Once your Jack Russell starts going into the crate and laying down on their own, you can start closing the crate door for short periods of time. Gradually increase how long you leave your pet in the crate, and remember that puppies can’t “hold it” as long as adult dogs.
While accidents will happen, the dog will soon learn to vocalize its need to eliminate. Whenever your pooch goes potty in the right place, be sure to give them lots of verbal and physical praise. The dog shouldn’t be scolded when it has an accident other than a stern “no.” Clean up the crate and eliminate the scent and continue to train. (click here for more dog training solutions)
How to Use Paper or Potty PadsPaper training is another popular form of potty training. Using newspaper or puppy pads, the owner should line an area of flooring in a suitable area of the house. Whenever your pooch starts to go potty, move them onto the paper or pad. Also take your Jack Russell outside every few hours and encourage them to go potty there as well. Slowly start moving the pads or paper toward to door and eventually outside. As with crate training, never punish your pet if they have accidents. Instead, use positive rewards like verbal and physical praise or treats whenever your pup goes potty in the right place.
Potty training your pup doesn’t have to be the nightmare everyone expects it to be. With the right attitude and proper training techniques, you and your pooch will be well on your way to a happy and healthy life together.