Need help with my jug puppy!(12 Posts)
So we have a jug (jack Russel x pug). She just turned 1.
She is a lovely affectionate dog and very good with the DC.
Someone is with her most of every day.
We have a few training issues I feel I need help with.
We decided to crate train her after having her a few months as whenever we left the room, she would chew things or have an accident. She chewed sofas, shoes, toys etc...
She wee’d all over the lounge carpet. And poo’d on it. We hired a rug dr and cleaned it all then got her a crate.
She sleeps happily in her crate at night and goes in it when we pop out anywhere. We never leave her for more than a few hrs as I don’t like the idea of her being stuck in the crate too long.
I’d really like to get to the point she can have the run of downstairs when we go out, our old dog did...
So these are the issues we’re having. We walk her twice a day, nice long walk at the same times each day.
She doesn’t mess in the house anymore but almost every morning, no matter how quickly we get up and let her out, she will poo in her bed.
I don’t tell her off, I just let her out and clean it up and wash her blankets.
The other day I went upstairs to the loo, when I came down she had gone in to her crate and done a poo.. this was about 15 mine after she had been for a long walk.
The other issue is that she will chew absolutely anything, both when we are here and when we are not. I get this is normal puppy behaviour but what’s the best way to deal with it and teach her to just chew her toys?
Finally she’s quite nervous on walks and pulls and barks if she sees other dogs. If she gets to say hello to them she is friendly and sniffs away. But it worries me as she can pull in to the road suddenly and I don’t want her to get run over!
With the poos and wees, we have been giving her lots of fuss and a small treat whenever she does one on a walk and she gets let out regularly.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Oh and one last thing I forgot to mention, she keeps humping the DC lately, they say no firmly and push her off.. She has also done it to friends of theirs who come round. I get this is also a natural thing but obviously I don’t want her doing it constantly.
She hasn’t had the op yet but I’ve read this sometimes makes no difference to humping anyway so looking for advice.
Pooing in crate: chances are the crate is too big. If she has space to poo in the crate and sleep in another bit of it (avoiding the poo) then it is too big for her. The point of a crate is that she will choose to hold it rather than mess up her bed. You can get crate dividers rather than buy a new crate, and just let her have the bigger space once she is more reliable.
Chewing: simply tell her No, push her away from the wrong thing and shove a toy in her mouth then praise her. It takes quite a few repetitions but she should slowly learn to chew toys not furniture (for example).
Nervous on walks: not sure how much socialisation she had as a young puppy but this suggests she didn't meet quite enough calm, friendly dogs before she was about 14-16 weeks old. I would look for opportunities for her to meet plenty now (better late than never) but also make sure you praise and treat every time she does leave a another dog alone - even if it is just a glance in the opposite direction - when out on a walk. Puppy classes for older puppies might help her here as well (more for the meeting other dogs than the lessons). In the meantime you need to keep the lead too short for her to reach into the road - the alternative is too horrible to think about.
Humping often gets all mixed up in their heads with playing rather than being overly sexual in nature. Just keep on what you are doing. Spaying is very unlikely to make any difference here.
That's what I'd do, anyway.
Thanks for the advice. Yes, that’s what we were doing with the chewing when she was younger but I guess now we just say no and take it off her so I will try substitution again.
Although I can’t do that when we’re out?
She doesn’t chew when we’re out as she’s in her crate but want to get to the point she’s not in it, or at least it’s there but with the door open.
We got her from another family who also had a jack Russell (her cousin). We were told she was 12 weeks old and too needy and they didn’t have time for her.
Once we brought her home and too her to the vets we realised she was more like 16 week. She also hadn’t had her 2nd set of jabs so hadn’t been out for walks at all. We had to get her jabs done so it was another month till she could go out.
We took her to a training class once but my other half who took her didn’t like the trainers manner and found her approach too firm. She was very subdued when she came back from that class and seemed a little overwhelmed by the experience. Although I do have to say she had done well to follow commands whilst there.
We should maybe try to find another class.
We take her to the beach on weekends and let her run free. She comes back and socialises with other dogs whilst there. Although sometimes we have to go and catch her and put her back on her lead as she just wants to play but can be a bit of a pest, jumping up and sniffing their faces too much. She’s just a curious pup.
I will see if I can get a crate divider. She tends to poo in the corner and sometimes tried to bury it in the blankets.
I'd definitely find a class. Terriers are all independent little souls and training them is pretty much a lifelong thing. If you get it correct from the start then it's much easier. Elfpup knows what he's meant to do but whether he does it depends on whether he considers it worth his while!
A class will help with his socialisation and doggy manners too. If she is jumping up into other dogs faces then sooner or later she'll get a very aggressive response and probably a bite. This is something you need to strongly discourage.
I'd stop her pooing in her crate during the day by keeping the door closed. You don't want her to get into the habit of using the corner as a lavatory.
All I can say is good luck...
I have a 3/4 pug x 1/4 jrt and he is the slowest learning dog I have ever had. He's so so eager to please but it just takes him a while to "get it".
He's 3 and is just turning into a decent dog...
Also, he is very subtle at asking to go out - I've had Yorkies/collies/border terriers etc who have all asked by scratching the door, leading me to the door, allsorts. He just seems to walk over there and if the door's not open he walks away even though he is fully toilet trained with only the very very rare accident (which he is mortally ashamed about).
With the chewing, one day it just clicked and he didn't chew the bad stuff anymore. He'd had toys for ages but didn't seem to get it. One day he did. And I have no idea why
She needs training. Whether that's a formal class or you doing it. (I go to class as I'm a complete dog owning newbie!) It will help tire her out and they need the mental stimulation too.
It sounds like she was never reliably toilet trained. She messed indoors so you got a crate. You need to go back to basics to teach her that toilet happens outside. Take out regularly on a lead. Praise when she goes.
Chewing. Substitution. Watch her and give a toy whenever she chews.
She sounds unsocialised. Part of the issue of not getting her until 16 weeks.
Watch out for the running up to other dogs. She may be being playful but it could end badly. Longline if recall isn't sorted.
Sorry, didn't mean to infer she doesn't need training just that it's taken Buddy much longer to understand (don't know if this is his genetic make up or just him) and to say not to give up as it does happen eventually!
And a definite yes to tiring her out! The best part of the day is when Buddy's asleep after a nice long trek!
It's worth remembering that small dogs mature more slowly than bigger ones. Yours won't really be an adult dog until she is about two years old...
Thank you for all the advice!
I’m getting that I just need to consistent and keep repeating what I want till she gets it.
Maybe up the praise/treats for anything good she does.
She is quite independent as sometimes she’ll follow the ‘sit’command, for instance and sometimes not. Depends what mood she’s in!
Our old dog was part jack Russell and she was much the same in that respect. Although we got her when she was 2.5 so she was quite well trained by then.
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