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Old 12-25-2009, 06:27 PM
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Can't housebreak this dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have had a jack russell and feist/pitbull mix female for quite a while now, and cannot housebreak this dog. I have had her since she was 5 or 6 weeks old, and now she is 7 months (her mother abandoned her, or was stolen). I had her inside for the first few months, but could not continue to let her destroy my home. I tried punishing her, praising her for going outside, and clicker training with treats. I also tried putting her in the bathroom at night, but she still goes where she eats and sleeps. I tried pee pads too. I am lost now. It's cold out, and I feel terrible leaving her outside.

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Old 12-25-2009, 06:40 PM
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Go to the vet-if you've tried all these things-and you know what your doing-there is something wrong. Could be diabetes, unformed bladder, urinary tract infection etc etc. Go get a full physical done and blood work-stool sample too (so bring some poop with you)-and get a full workup.

This very likely could be a health issue. Also punishing-though I know your intentions were good-could have really set her back in toilet training-unfortunately it's just about the worst thing you can do when your training. Clicker training isn't really applicable for toilet training either. Here's our how to's (Ask any questions you have after reading them) for you for *after* the vet visit.
http://www.dogforum.com/housebreakin...-how-tos-2135/
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Thanks Mikey. The negative reinforcement was well intentioned.
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Old 12-26-2009, 02:24 PM
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I tried punishing her, praising her for going outside, and clicker training with treats. I also tried putting her in the bathroom at night, but she still goes where she eats and sleeps. I tried pee pads too. I am lost now. It's cold out, and I feel terrible leaving her outside.
sounds like a mixture of not enough supervision and possibly a UTI. I agree with the vet visit suggestion
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I think bitches....especially high energy ones are the worse animals to housetrain. I have had girls take 8 months to be entirely reliable, with no health issues.(Border Collie, Bullmastiff, Brussels mix) So you sorta have the harder type to work with. Also, she likely has the attention span of a gnat. Combined with opportunities to do wrong and being outside and not having to hold it or think about it....you are getting nowhere fast.
If she were mine I would vet check her as was suggested. Then I would exercise her more....whatever she needs to start settling her brain. And that includes especially mental stimulus. And I would crate train her. Feed her on a schedule and walk her on a schedule. Go out with her....not just put her outside. Praise her for going outside. Give her a chew and send her to bed at night or when she is alone. DO exercise and out her before leaving her.
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" I also tried putting her in the bathroom at night, but she still goes where she eats and sleeps."

unless your bathroom is 3 x 3 feet, it won't fix the problem. Get her checked for a UTI and I'd suggest investing in a crate. The best way to train a dog is placing them where they only have enough room to turn around and lay down if they cannot be supervised.

My golden was trained at maybe 13 weeks after I introduced the crate.
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are u possibly not being consistent with the training methods, sounds like a lot of different methods for such a short period of time, have u tried using a crate when u cant watch her, i at first with my dog (against all the rules put him in a crate that had enough room for just his bed on one side and a puppy pap on the other and water, i found this worked well then after he got used to going on the pad i made the space a little bigger if he didnt use the pad i made it smaller as it was before after a few months u should be able to move the puppy pad slowly to the door and eventually outside, but remember with a dog like this it will take time and a lot of patience especially because he doesnt mind peeing on his bed. also its important to wash his bed EVERY time he has an accident on it, thus teaching him u dont wat it on his bed also clean him well if he gets poop or pee on himself. some dogs just dont mind being covered in their own poop, or other dogs poop for that matter. it looks like u have a difficult dog (house training wise) and patience and consistancy is key here! hope this helps!!
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When I first potty trained Klaxon I took him outside every 20 minutes, this seemed to work. Try taking her outside to pee more often and when she does 'the act', you act very very happy; jump, give kisses, etc. this shows she did something worth doing again. When she has 20 minutes down, try increasing the time.

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How is the training going? Did you take her to the vet?
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