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House training question

by Colleen
(Mesa AZ)

I have a 3 year old J.R. that I adopted about 2 years ago. I am having difficuly house training him. He is well behaved, and doesn't go potty in house when I am home, and I usually have him in a cage when I am not home. The few times that I have forgotten to lock the cage, I have come home to piles of poop,and have to look for places he may have peed. I would love to let him run free when I am not home but I just don't trust him. I have never had a problem training a dog, but this guy is just not getting it. I ALWAYS take him out before I leave, and on rare occassions, he has pooped in his cage. I would appreciate any help on this.This has been going on since I got him.

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Jan 28, 2011
Crate problem
by: Tom

The problem is you're leaving him in the crate longer than he can handle at this stage. The problem isn't housetraining, it's that he's being put in a situation where he can't get out to do his business. The solution is to leave him with outdoor access and get him trained better in general so you can trust him when you're gone, plus leaving him toys/treats to chew on.

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