Because I am just about ready to send him to one.
We have a Jack Russell puppy, about six months old now, mostly purebred, possibly with a bit of other stuff thrown in, and we’re having housebreaking issues. I know, I know, that’s normal, but just let me explain. Here is what he looked like back in January.
We’re doing pretty well with the going outside thing - he’ll usually go when we take him out, although it’s not nearly 100%. I think he’s about where we could expect him to be as far as that goes. The problem is that he doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with going inside, and in recent weeks, it has become clear that this is mostly psychological.
The other day we had to go somewhere and leave him alone for a little bit. We took him out first, and went out to the car. I remembered something I’d forgotten and went right back inside - huge puddle in the entry. This has been happening more and more lately. He’s got some sort of separation issue big time. Any time we’re not in the same room with him, he lets loose with both barrels. Don’t think he’s neglected, either. He’s not. There’s someone home with him nearly all the time.
And now, it’s beginning to almost seem like an attention-getting mechanism. He has a certain run he does when he knows he’s doing something wrong and he wants us to come chase him (like when he snags a sock from the laundry), and he just now did it after covering half of my stepson’s bedroom floor. We literally finished playing with him and came into our bedroom and were in here for less than five minutes when he did it.
Now, I have researched this, and everyone says kennel training kennel training kennel training. We started well with this back when we first got him, but kind of gave up once he started pooping all over his kennel, which everyone promised he’d never do. We’ve started back up with it, and we’re making good progress, but he’s still much much happier when he can see us than when we’re gone. But even when we get him fully trained to the kennel, we simply can’t lock him up every time we need to go into the next room for five minutes.
With warmer weather coming, we can chain him up outside when we need to leave (he has a 20 foot chain that can slide on a 175 foot line, so he has plenty of room to play), but even then, he’s only happy if the door is cracked open and he can see one of us sitting at the table. If that’s the case, he’ll entertain himself nicely. If not, he’ll practically kill himself trying to get to the door.