Fox Terriers are incredibly fun, playful pups who love to play and entertain their human family. While Fox Terriers are highly intelligent, some are more willing to learn than others. While you are housebreaking your terrier, you need to be aware that his strong sense of independence can make potty training him more challenging than many other breeds. Does this mean you can't potty train him? Certainly not, but what it does mean is that it might take longer, and you will need to exercise a great deal of patience. Take your time and use lots of positive reinforcement and treats to get the job done.
The task at hand is simple (or at least it should be): to train your pup that the only place he is allowed to go potty is out in the yard, preferably in a specific area. The problem is that terriers do not like commands and love to mark their territory. Because of this, you need to fence in your yard or you will always have to put your pup on a leash to take him outside. The fence needs to be tall enough to keep him from jumping over it and firmly secured at the bottom or your pup will try to escape constantly. Be patient and keep working with him and in time he will learn to do as he is asked. The training methods are similar to those used for most other dogs, you just have to work on them a little harder and longer to get the job done.
You can start potty training your Fox Terrier as soon as you bring him home--once he reaches 8 weeks old, your pup is ready to learn. Given the fact these pups are very stubborn and often harder to teach, the earlier you get started, the easier it will be to train him. You should choose your cue words before you get started. Keep it simple; use something like "Let's go outside" or "Let's go potty". The simpler you make it, the easier it will be for him to learn it and associate the cue with the action. You will also need a crate for when you cannot watch your pup, treats to use as rewards, and a leash to take him outside on.
My puppy cannot last through the night and needs a toilet break at 3. At one point he was last till 5/6 am but that was for only ten days.
Hello Laura, If he immediately goes potty when you take him, goes back to sleep in the crate after his trip outside, and does not have a long record of being able to hold it in the past, then he simply may not be ready to hold it through the night. Waking up one time a night is not bad for his age. That is very normal for some puppies still. Give him one more month to mature a bit more physically. Make sure that you are doing the following to encourage good nighttime habits though, so that he is only waking up when he needs to pee and not for other reasons. 1. Remove all food and water two hours before his bedtime. 2. Take him outside to go potty on a leash right before you are going to put him into the crate for the night, not thirty minutes or an hour beforehand because his bladder will not slow down to let him go longer until he is actually asleep. 3. When you take him outside before bed, watch him while you are out there with him to make sure he goes. Do not assume he goes. 4. Crate him at night. 5. Keep all trips outside during the middle of the night very boring. Do not talk to him, play with him, or let him goof off. Go to him in the crate, clip on his leash, walk him outside, tell him to "Go Potty", let him sniff and go, quietly praise him briefly, then take him right back inside and put him back into the crate. If he barks when you put him back inside, ignore him. It's time to go to back to sleep. 5. If he is not able to hold his bladder for more than two hours during the day, even while in a crate, then take him to your vet to check for a urinary tract infection or some form of urinary incontinence. If you are doing all of those things, then he should begin to sleep through the night on his own by five to six month of age. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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