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Year old JRmix having accidents

by Bill
(Mentor,Oh USA)

My Gizmo is a rescue, we've had him for nearly 6 weeks. My wife picked him out at the APL,He's deaf and has strabismus and but we're getting to communicate slowly.Any ideas will be appreciated.He has since we got him infrequent urination problem where he'll just seem to go often right in front of us. we take him out regularly, and watch his fluid intake. Gizmo's been to the vet and is healthy and does not have a uti. We have not been able to figure a schedule of these accidents,he just goes. I imagine it's attention getting, but he gets maybe too much, any ideas ????

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Feb 20, 2014
Jack Russell having accidents
by: Eric

Thanks for rescuing Gizmo and having the patience to train him! I bet he is still a little anxious in his new environment and because he is a rescue it's hard to know what kind of background he has come from. Maybe he was not given much outdoor time in the past and is used to going in the house. I think you need to start from square one with house training. I would put him on a very set schedule. I would try taking treats with you outside and rewarding him on his walk with treats and praise after he has gone. If you catch your dog in the act of urinating inside the house, clap loudly, just enough to startle but not scare your dog. (Avoid yelling or punishing your dog. It’s not necessary, and if you do, he might decide that eliminating in your presence is a bad idea and start to sneak away from you to urinate in other rooms.) If startled, your dog should stop in mid-stream. Immediately and quickly lead or carry her outside. If you take your dog by the collar to run her outside, do so gently and encourage him to come with you the whole way. Allow your dog to finish eliminating outside, and then reward him with happy praise and a treat or two. If you don’t catch your dog in the act but find an accident afterward, do nothing to her. He can’t connect any kind of punishment with something he did hours or even minutes ago. If your dog seems upset or scared by your clapping, just clap a little softer the next time you catch him in the act. Buy an enzymatic cleaner to wipe away any traces of dog pee since dogs will often pee where they have gone in the past and regular cleaner won't erase the scents. Also, try to limit the rooms Gizmo is allowed in to cut down on the areas he can pee, and remove any rugs as dogs love to pee on those.
Also consider crating when you are out of the house to cut down on accidents. Good luck, it takes time and patience but I'm sure you will get there.

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