How to Housetrain a Jack Russell Terrier Puppy

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How to Housetrain a Jack Russell Terrier Puppy
Jack Russell puppies are energetic. (little jack russell image by NeptuneTech from

The Jack Russell terrier is a bold, energetic dog with a keen intelligence and an assertive nature. It is also affectionate and loyal. Use of a crate is a very effective method to house-train your Jack Russell because it takes advantage of the dog's reluctance to soil its "den." When house-training your puppy, utilise the "three P's": persistence, patience and praise.

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Things you need

  • Crate
  • Bedding
  • Toy(s)
  • Food and water bowls
  • Leash

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    Establish an area outside where you will always take the puppy to eliminate.

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    Set up a crate in a busy area of your home where the puppy can see everyone in the household. Place a blanket and a toy inside the crate. Set its food and water bowl outside the crate. Place the puppy inside the crate. Open the door for its meal times and when you take the puppy out for play or exercise.

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    Take the puppy outside to the designated spot first thing in the morning. Praise it lavishly if it eliminates, using your voice to show excitement and approval. If the puppy doesn't eliminate, bring it back inside and try again in 20 minutes.

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    Walk the dog outside to the area every hour or so. Wait for it to eliminate. Praise the puppy if it does; if not, return inside and wait another hour.

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    Bring the puppy out after each meal, after exercise and after it naps. If you notice the puppy circling, it can be an indication it needs to "go." Take it out to the spot immediately. Always praise the puppy when it eliminates outside.

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    Take the puppy out the last thing in the evening and confine him to the crate for the rest of the night. Bring him outside first thing in the morning.

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    Do not say anything if the puppy has an accident in the house. Simply clean it up and take the puppy out to the area. If you attempt to "punish" the puppy, it will not realise what it has done wrong unless you catch it in the act. Never hit or yell at your Jack Russell or attempt to rub its nose in the mess. You will damage the bond you are trying to make with your puppy.

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    Leave the crate door open for longer periods of time once the puppy seems to have established the connection of eliminating with going outside. Allow it access to more portions of the home. This will expand the idea of the puppy's "den" area to gradually include the rest of the home. It will then know that it shouldn't eliminate anywhere in the house.

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