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Why Do Some Jack Russells Suddenly Seem To "Forget" Their Training? - Jack Russell Crazy, Issue #04
February 28, 2010
|Dear fellow Jack Russell Lover,
Why Do Some Jack Russells Suddenly Seem To "Forget" Their Training?
Welcome to another issue of Jack Russell Crazy. Lately I've answered a few questions from people having problems with "housetraining backslides." In other words, they have a JRT which is housetrained, but suddenly, for no apparent reason, the dog just starts peeing and pooing inside again. I'm going to cover this problem in this issue, as well as answering some other questions from frustrated owners. Even if you've never had this problem with your dog, it's worth knowing about, as it can strike at any time and it's often a sign of disease. Plus, this issue contains a special offer on my ebook, exclusive to Jack Russell Crazy subscribers.
Update on New Content
I've started to add a series of "Quick Guide" pages for various topics to help you find the information you're looking for on the site faster. I also added a page on Jack Russell name ideas for new puppy owners and a page on the exciting sport of Jack Russell racing. Take a look at these new pages:
Dealing With Behavior Regression
The first thing to consider if your dog has a housetraining backslide is that your pet might be sick. Diseases can often cause changes in toileting patterns in dogs. This is even more of a concern if the changes in behavior come at the same time as other symptoms like hair loss, shaking, loss of appetite, or any other unusual changes.
So if your dog has a housetraining regression, the vet is the first port of call.
If the vet gives your dog a clean bill of health, it's time to start looking to training ideas to solve the problem.
The biggest cause of this issue apart from disease is a change in environment. Have you moved to a new house? Changed jobs and started a new daily routine? Brought a new person or animal into the household? Is your dog going through adolescence (usually 6-12 months of age)? All these things can contribute to a change in behavior patterns in your dog. As always, look at the environment first and see if there's anything you can change to make the situation simpler. It's always easier to change the environment than to try to change behavior through training, so this should always be the first thing you look at when you run into a problem behavior.
Once you've taken care of all environmental factors, the next step is to simply repeat the housetraining process. Take the dog outside regularly for toilet breaks. If urination is the problem and it's not a health defect, try restricting the dog's access to water. Give the water at feeding time, but don't just leave the dish lying around. This way you have some control over when the dog's bladder is full.
You should also crate train your dog if you haven't already. If the problem only happens at certain times, such as at night while you're asleep, a crate may be the solution you need. It's a dog's natural instinct to keep her sleeping area clean, so your dog won't soil the crate if she has to sleep in it.
Something I emphasize to people dealing with this problem is that you must not scream and yell at your dog for making a mistake. If it's health related, then obviously screaming is not going to fix it. Regardless, the problem is happening for a reason - it's not just your dog trying to make you angry. You should treat it as a cause for concern, either for your dog's health or as a sign that something in the environment is upsetting your dog's habit and body patterns.
In my ebook, I cover all the different possible causes of urination problems, and how to specifically treat each different problem. It's very different dealing with a puppy who urinates when she's excited, compared to an older dog who urinates as a sign of submission. The solution you use will depend on the cause of the problem - there's no one-size-fits-all solution for a housetraining problem, so it helps to figure out what's actually causing it in the first place.
Special Offer On 'The Jack Russell Lover's Ultimate Guide To Training'
There's only 7 days to go for the introductory price of my Jack Russell training ebook. Since I put my ebook out to the world, I've been having another look around at the others books on Jack Russells available on the net. I wanted to make sure I was providing the best possible info at a great price.
Some of the offers I came across are downright funny. For instance, I came across a website that offers a free "ebook" download that it claims has a "$47 value." This "ebook" turns out to be a 4-page document with one page of information and 3 pages of sales pitch for other products.
This simply helped to reinforce that there really isn't much quality information available to JRT owners. But, I realized, just telling people what's in my ebook may not be enough. There are so many people making outrageous claims about what their books can do - you don't know what to believe sometimes. So, I've decided to put my money where my mouth is on this one.
Because I believe that my ebook is the best breed-specific training guide for JRT owners, I'm offering a special deal to all my subscribers for the next 7 days. If you purchase the ebook in the next 7 days, here's the guarantee I'm offering: not only will I completely refund your money if you're not satisfied with the book, I'll ALSO buy you a copy of another Jack Russell-specific ebook of your choice.
So just to clarify - if you're not satisfied with my ebook, I'll let you keep your copy and refund your money, AND I'll buy you another Jack Russell training ebook of your choice.
Why can I make this offer? Simple. Because I know you'll be satisfied, and I know there's not a better JRT training ebook available.
But this offer is only for the next 7 days, while the special introductory price of $19.95 still lasts. 7 days from now, the price will be going up. So if you want a copy, go ahead and get it now - you're risking absolutely nothing, and you can gain so much by getting your Jack Russell's training sorted now. Click here to order, totally risk-free.
Building The Jack Russell Lover Community
It's been exciting to watch as more and more members of the community contribute their pictures, questions and answers over the past few weeks. Let's keep growing. If you have a question, post it up to the Jack Russell Forum and get answers from me and other experienced JRT owners. If you have a photo and a story you want to share with other JRT owners, post it up to the site.
7 Day Crash Course
I've just put together a free, 7-day crash course which is designed to be a very simple guide to improving JRT behavior. If you haven't already signed up, you can do it on this page: Jack Russell Training Course.
More Questions and Answers
Question: Can I train my Jack Russell Terrier to run long distances with me?
I have an 8 month old Jack Russell Terrier and I was wondering when he gets older if it would be okay to train him to run several miles almost every day. My dog loves to run and always runs back and forth around my house, he is never tired and is really fast. Is it possible to train him?
My Answer: Yes, this is definitely possible. As you seem to be aware, it's not good to try to get a Jack Russell puppy to run long distances due to the fact that their bones and joints are still developing. But yes, after your dog reaches full size (usually about 12 months of age) it's perfectly acceptable to take him running. In fact, I'd recommend it as a great way to exercise a JRT as just going for walks is often not enough for them.
Hope this information helps. Good luck and enjoy your runs :)
Question: Very demanding little guy Milo is...
Milo has now got to the point of trying to talk to me, his way of getting my attention. This happens more so when he see's a cup in front of me. He is a lover of anything in a cup that you are drinking.
Should he have a little coffee, hot chocolate etc. Personally I don't think so but at the same time, he can be very dominant and insistent, so what do I do, GIVE IN.
How can I stop this behaviour that he has recently acquired? If I say "no" he will go away only to return within minutes. Animals are very smart. He knows in the end he's the winner. Once he's had what little bit he wants, away he goes. If this is not acceptable or bad for his system please tell me what to do when he does this. I am certain there are others out there who have the same problem.
When eating meals he knows his boundary, he isn't allowed in the kitchen. However, coffee time in the morning is when he is most rambunctious. What can I do to stop this if it is against him and his digestive system? Help!!
My Answer: Hi there,
Unfortunately giving in to this behavior is about the worst thing you can do. From now on, NEVER give Milo anything for begging. By giving in and given him what he wants, you're reinforcing the behavior and actually making it worse. Milo knows now that all he has to do is whine for long enough and you will eventually give in and give him what he wants.
Do you see how he has taken control of the situation? He knows he can control the resources (ie. your coffee, hot chocolate, etc.), so he will start to view himself and being higher in the pack hierarchy than you. And that means his behavior will only get worse.
You need to take back control. From now on, you and everyone in your household must ignore Milo completely whenever he begs for something, whether it's food or attention. It doesn't matter if he whines for half an hour - ignore him. As soon as he starts to realize that the behavior won't be rewarded, he will stop.
Jacks aren't silly - they only do whatever gets the result they desire. You have to use that natural cleverness to your advantage. Set up a training routine so that good behavior on his part is in both your best interests. I've just put together a 7 day course that shows you how to do this: you can sign up by clicking here. It should help you out.
'Til Next Time...
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