7 month old puppy still not house trained
by mrs emily louis
Hi i need some help. I have a 7 month old miniature jack russell and she still isn't house trained. she is when she wants to be, i think sometimes she just does it to **$*! me off.
She wee's on mine and my daughters bed, and we just bought a new sofa and she keeps weeing and pooing on that. i watch her food and water and let her out all the time (every hour)but first thing in the morning and just before we go out. when we are out and at night we have started putting her in the kitchen and she doesn't do anything in there just every where else.
i'm at the end of my wit with her, and my husband says if it carries on we have to rehome her as its not hygenic for my very young daughter. please help!!
Hi Emily Louise
I'm sorry you're having so many problems, but potty training is definitely one of the biggest challenges when raising a puppy.
Any puppy wants to please it's owner, and when this sort of behavior occurs it's not because she's trying to annoy you or anything like that. She's simply not capable of that kind of reasoning. The problem is that she really doesn't understand exactly where she's allowed to eliminate.
In the wild, a dog would pee/poop outside of his den, as far as away as was practical. Your puppy understands that when you leave her in the kitchen it's her 'den' and that's why she 'holds it' when in there. It's exactly the same principle that makes crate training so effective.
However, when she is running around the whole house, she simply doesn't associate it with her 'den' and as she's eliminated in various places frequently, it is now a habit and she's being attracted back to the same spots over and over again.
At 7 months she has the physical ability to control her bladder and bowels, and you just need to help her understand what is required, and break these old 'bad' habits.
I would strongly suggest that you get a crate and read my Crate Training page. This is the quickest and most effective way of housebreaking a pup, and combined with close supervision, it will prevent the majority of the opportunities for your pup to make a mess where she shouldn't. This will help to break the bad habits, as over time she will 'forget' about peeing/pooping indoors as she will be learning the new habit of going outside to potty.
Potty training takes lots of patience and persistence, and you will need to make sure that you give her supervised time out of the crate and regular potty breaks while she's crated. If you are consistent about this, you should be able to successfully turn her around in a reasonable amount of time. Meanwhile you will be protecting your furniture and carpets! I understand you and your husband are frustrated with the way things are, and that's totally understandable! But it would be a shame for her to have to leave the only home she knows, when there is a straightforward way to correct this problem.
I wish you the best of luck and hope this works out well for you all.