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Old 12-14-2016, 04:05 PM
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Housetraining advice needed.

We rescued a six year old Jack Russell Terrier female and have had her for a week. She is quite intelligent but not getting the fact that she needs to potty outside. She was part of a breeding mill in Mississippi, was rescued and transported to Minnesota for a local rescue group in September 2016. She's in Minnesota now and the snow and freezing temps are something new to her. She doesn't want to potty outside...because it's cold. And, we have invested quite a bit in doggy coats to keep her warm outside. Rather than doing her business she stands outside with me, shivering and refusing to potty. However, she doesn't hesitate to soil the carpet once inside. I do have a heated garage, and have attempted to set up a potty area inside the garage...again without success. She will enter the house, from the garage, and run to the carpet to eliminate.

Does anyone have advice on housetraining a dog of this age. Is it really a matter of keeping her in her crate and not letting her out unless she potties outside in the cold? Thanks.

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Just start at the beginning like she is a puppy! The good news is that older dogs can usually pick it all up quickly.

Just use supervision..So, at all awake times, she is either

1. being closely watched by you, like eyes right on her, no distractions
2. tethered to you with a leash
3. outside in her potty spot
4. crated if she can't be closely watched or tethered (if she doesn't like the crate, then gated somewhere with tile/easy to clean floor)

Walk her often in the beginning, even every hour. If you can catch her in the act of going on the rug, scoop her up and put her on her potty spot. If you find the spot later, don't bother. Use that special urine cleaner to get the smell out.

At night you can crate her in your room if she can hold it that long. I don't like to crate dogs overnight so I use an exercise pen. I line it with waterproof crib mattress pads. In the morning first thing, scoop her up, carry her outside, put her on her potty spot outside.

Good luck and congrats!
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Thanks for the suggestions.
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When you catch her in the act, inside, a firm no and a trip outside is in order. When she does go outside, an immediate praise session with her favorite treat. She will soon learn going outside yields some good attention and treats, going inside yields nothing but a trip outside. Taking her outside every 30 minutes or so, we found helpful with Samantha, she soon learned peeing or pooping outside was her virtual key to the pantry.
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