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    Default Help! Toilet Training a Jack Russell Living in Separate Homes

    Help!

    We have an adorable little 5 year old Jack Russell (Daisy) who we love dearly and is an integral part of the family.

    The issue is that she has not been adequately toilet trained which we take full responsibility for. We have been given advice and have tried over and over. Please note: She is an indoor dog.

    The living arrangements for Daisy are as follows:

    She stays half the week on the male residence and half the week on the female residence.

    Male Residence: Assertive approach
    - In cases where someone is at home she "mainly" goes outdoors on her own or stands at the door as if to say "I need to go"
    - She has a dog door which gives her access to the courtyard where she can do her business if no one is at home. It took her a while to get used to the dog door and to this day she appears hesitant to use it.
    - She is growled at for doing her business inside the house as she has the ability to go outside at all hours.

    Female Residence: Softer approach
    - In cases where someone is at home she "mainly" goes outdoors on her own or stands at the door as if to say "I need to go"
    - She has no dog door and no access to the outdoor area therefore she does her business on any part of the house.
    - There is no accountability (which is fair enough given no access to the outdoor area) even if she does her business inside the house.

    Part of the issue is that she does not have consistency in that she is in one house for half the week and in another for the other half. I "male" have discussed the issue with the females and have suggested that a dog door be installed to at least give her access to the outdoor area and "gently and gradually" be made accountable for any indoor "indiscretions". The "females" flatly refuse to have a dog door installed.

    The "half and half" living arrangements work well for us in that we all enjoy spending time with Daisy and we are busy people who need to spend hours of time away from home and we are able to adequately ensure that she is not alone for too long. Please note. We are all full time workers (9-5).

    Help! Please. We are all desperate.

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    There was thread on here not long ago about an indoor dog loo thingy...
    I have copied a link from it - if it doesn't work have a check through and you'll find it - Newfienut was the thread starter.

    Pet-A-Potty Dog Potty - Dog Training Supply

    I think you're right, consistency is the aim, and working together isn't always easy!

    Maybe if she has trouble hanging on for long periods inside (she is only little after all) giving her an inside spot to use like a corner in the bathroom or laundry might help. If you use that same material in both homes - maybe newspaper or I think you can get special mats from supermarkets - try the cat litter section. Some little dogs will even use a cat sized litter tray, with newspaper based litter in it.

    You can try Googling your problem, you might find extra advice online somewhere as well. Let us know how you get on.

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