My 12yr old Jack Russell, Nascar

by Teri
(Mooresville, NC, USA)

My little 12 year old Jack Russell, about 6 months ago, started sitting/standing at his doggie door and barking for permission to go out his door. He has had this door his whole life and it is beyond me why he has started this little game. If he barks and I ignore him, he will find some place to pee. He's turned the table and has trained me!!! Is there something I can try to get him to stop this behavior?


Thank you,
Teri

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Feb 20, 2012
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by: Teri

Thank you for the input. I will try adding a ramp first to see if that helps him out.

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Jack not using doggie door
by: Anonymous

Hi Teri,
Your Jack is getting up there a little bit in years. I'm wondering if there is some medical issue, maybe even a little bit of minor arthritis that is causing him to not want to use the door....sometimes those doors can be a tight squeeze on the joints. This is what happened with our Jack. Our vet gave us some medicine and we also trouble shooted with him on some solutions. We ended up enlarging our door a bit and putting a ramp so he wouldn't have to stretch as much.

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