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by Marie
(Nashville TN)

My JRT is 3 yrs old. I rescued him when he was 1 yr old. He is potty trained 90% of the time. Then out of the blue he will poop in the house. When he sees me head into the area of the misdeed, he gets a guilty look and jumps up and goes out of that room. When I find the problem, he knows I am disgusted and he heads immediaely to his crate. I do not shout or spank him but he knows I am upset because I have the cleaning supplies in hand. I am at my wits end to stop this behavior. Should I take him to a trainer?? For the most part, he is walked outside at 8 am, 1 pm, 5 pm, and 9 pm each day. On an 8 am run if he does not poop and I have to leave, I will put him in his crate until I return. Then I walk him again. Sometimes, he will poop and sometimes he won't. If I am home, I do not put him back in the crate.But if he goes out of sight, I start checking to be sure he has not pooped anywhere. HELP!!! He is perfect in everything else..friendly, sweet, loving, lap dog extraordinare, sits on command.

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Jul 30, 2011
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JRT poops in house occasionally
by: Anonymous

thanks for your thoughts on this problem. I will certainly try the lavishing of praise outdoors. I do brag on him already but maybe I need to heap more on him. I thought I might also give him a little treat outdoors along with the praise. I will let you know how this approach goes. Thanx again.

Jul 29, 2011
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jack russell terrier pooping in the house
by: Anonymous

I would first take your JRT to the vet to rule out any medical issues that could be causing his pooping in the house. Your JRT must sense your annoyance with his pooping in the house.....therefore, he purposely does not do it when you are around. I would reward him lavishly each time he poops outside. When he poops indoors, I would correct him in an even tone of voice and put him in his crate for an hour. What do you think?

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