How to Potty Train a Parson Russell Terrier

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4-6 Weeks
General

Introduction

Parson Russell Terriers are highly energetic dogs that love to play games and need plenty of room to run around in. When it comes to potty training, these pups tend to be strong-willed and are prone to misbehave at the drop of a hat. However, with careful, dedicated hard work, you can train your pup to use the yard outside as his person potty instead of that section of your living room carpet. One of the keys to training a Parson Russel Terrier is to establish yourself as the leader of the pack right from the beginning. 

Defining Tasks

The job at hand is to take an unruly puppy who seems to think that anywhere in your house is the perfect place for him to leave his mark and teach him where is actually appropriate. No one wants to come home to a puddle in the middle of the kitchen floor or worse yet, a big pile of poop in the middle of the living room carpet. Like most breeds, you will get far better results by using positive reinforcement training methods instead of yelling at him or punishing him when he makes a mess. 

Getting Started

You can start training your pup at any time, starting at the age of 8 to 12 weeks. Your pup is at his learning best when he is at this age, while his brain is still growing. Remember to praise him and give him treats when he gets it right. But do not punish him when he gets it wrong. Also, do not punish him or yell at him when you find a mess in the house, he won't have a clue why you are yelling at him. You need a few things to help you out with the training:

  • Treats – No training is complete without a healthy supply of treats to use as a reward.
  • Crate – You need somewhere your pup can stay when you can't be there to keep an eye on him.
  • Leash – You need this to take him outside so that he can go potty.

Beyond this, you will need a lot of time, energy, and patience along the way if you want your pup to master the very important skill. 

The Kitchen Timer Method

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Grab a timer
If you don't already have a kitchen timer, run out and grab one and a bag of puppy treats. You are going to need both.
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Set up your schedule
Create space in your schedule and set the timer to 20 minutes. This will help you remember to take your pup out and will help him get on a regular schedule of needing to go potty. In time, this will make it much easier to train him.
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Take him out
Take him out every time the timer goes off. If he goes potty, be sure to praise him and give him a treat to let him know he did a good thing. If he doesn't go, it's okay. Just take him back in the house and try again in a few minutes.
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Keep special times in mind
While you might be taking him out every 20 minutes on the dot, there are several other times when you need to take your pup outside immediately. These include after meals, after he drinks a lot of water, first thing in the morning, last thing at night, and any time he indicates he needs to go.
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Say the word
Choose a cue word, then each time you take your pup outside, say the word and go to the potty area. This helps him associate the cue with the action, and the positive reinforcement he gets for doing it right.
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Slowly work your way up
At this point, you should start adding more time in between trips outside. This will help build his stamina and make it easier for him to stay in your home for longer periods of time. Keep working at it and your pup will master this very important skill.
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The Every Hour Method

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Set a timer
Set a timer to to remind you to take the dog out at regular intervals. While you are putting him on a schedule, you also need to take him out after he eats, drinks a lot of water, wakes up from sleeping, or after a strenuous playtime.
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Start small and work your way up
Start by setting the timer for 30 minutes. Once he gotten the hang of going potty outside on one of your regular trips, you can start adding more time between each time he needs to go out. While he is under one year of age, never go more than a few hours as his body has not developed enough to hold for longer than this.
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Don't forget the rewards
Each time you take your pup outside and he goes potty, be sure you shower him with praise and give him a treat.
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Watch him closely
Anytime your pup is in the house and not in his crate, be sure you are keeping a very close eye on him. At the first sign, he needs to go potty, be sure take him straight outside to do his business. When he goes, be sure to praise him and give him a treat.
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Work it on out
Keep working with your pup until he no longer makes a mess in the house. Be patient, it may take time, but in time your pup will master this vital behavior.
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The Mark Your Turf Method

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The special spray
Run out to your local pet supply store and pick up a bottle of potty training spray. Then pick a spot in your yard where your pup can go potty and spray it liberally with the training spray.
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Introductions
Go inside, put your pup on his leash, give him the cue and take him outside to the area you previously marked with the spray. Let him wander around for at least 15 minutes. During this time, he should get a good whiff of the spray and then mark his territory for himself by going potty.
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No go, no worry
If he doesn't go potty after 15 minutes, no worries. Just take him back inside and then keep an eye on him. If he shows any signs of needing to go potty, go ahead and take him out immediately. If not, head back out in another 15 minutes. When he does go potty, be sure to praise him highly and give him a treat.
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Those instant potty breaks
There are several times when you will need to take your pup outside immediately. These include when he wakes up, when he eats or drinks, right before bed, and after a busy play time.
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Practice makes perfect
From here there is nothing left to do but keep practicing with your pup until he no longer feels the need to go potty in the house. At this point, mission accomplished!
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Success Stories and Training Questions

Training Questions and Answers and Success Stories

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Bella
Parson Russell Terrier
10 Weeks
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Bella
Parson Russell Terrier
10 Weeks

Potty training and chewing on us, wanting to attack cat

Alisha Smith
Alisha S., Dog Trainer
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Hello! I have enclosed information on potty training, and the nipping/chewing. Hello! Here is information on nipping/biting. Nipping: Puppies may nip for a number of reasons. Nipping can be a means of energy release, getting attention, interacting and exploring their environment or it could be a habit that helps with teething. Whatever the cause, nipping can still be painful for the receiver, and it’s an action that pet parents want to curb. Some ways to stop biting before it becomes a real problem include: Using teething toys. Distracting with and redirecting your dog’s biting to safe and durable chew toys is one way to keep them from focusing their mouthy energies to an approved location and teach them what biting habits are acceptable. Making sure your dog is getting the proper amount of exercise. Exercise is huge. Different dogs have different exercise needs based on their breed and size, so check with your veterinarian to make sure that yours is getting the exercise they need. Dogs—and especially puppies—use their playtime to get out extra energy. With too much pent-up energy, your pup may resort to play biting. Having them expel their energy in positive ways - including both physical and mental exercise - will help mitigate extra nips. Being consistent. Training your dog takes patience, practice and consistency. With the right training techniques and commitment, your dog will learn what is preferred behavior. While sometimes it may be easier to let a little nipping activity go, be sure to remain consistent in your cues and redirection. That way, boundaries are clear to your dog. Using positive reinforcement. To establish preferred behaviors, use positive reinforcement when your dog exhibits the correct behavior. For instance, praise and treat your puppy when they listen to your cue to stop unwanted biting as well as when they choose an appropriate teething toy on their own. Saying “Ouch!” The next time your puppy becomes too exuberant and nips you, say “OUCH!” in a very shocked tone and immediately stop playing with them. Your puppy should learn - just as they did with their littermates - that their form of play has become unwanted. When they stop, ensure that you follow up with positive reinforcement by offering praise, treat and/or resuming play. Letting every interaction with your puppy be a learning opportunity. While there are moments of dedicated training time, every interaction with your dog can be used as a potential teaching moment. Potty training: Know Your Pup. As you spend time with your puppy, learn your puppy’s love language. Just as some people prefer gifts, touch, or time spent together, puppies can be the same way. Some puppies love praise or pets, while others prefer treats. As you get to know your puppy, consider what reward your puppy loves the most. Create a Daily Schedule. It is best to have a routine for your puppy. A schedule helps them understand when to eat, play, and “go to the bathroom.” Your puppy should go out frequently and the routine should be the same every time. When? Start the day by taking your puppy outside, and repeating based on age and ability. They should also go out after napping, chewing, playing, and within 10 to 15 minutes of eating. Although some puppies can sleep for seven hours, it is important to set an alarm and take your pup out during the night. When you do, don’t make a fuss about it. Quietly take them outside with minimal stimulation and light. Praise them if they go to the bathroom and gently return them to their bed or crate. You don’t want them to get stimulated and ready to play in the middle of the night! As you get to know your puppy, you will become aware of their individual habits. Click here to learn more about house training schedules for puppies. Where? Take your puppy to a specific area to urinate or defecate. Be consistent. You can create an area by using urine-soaked paper or bowel movements to help create an aroma to stimulate your puppy. How? Take your puppy out on a leash so they can focus on the desired activity. This will help prevent them from wandering off to play. Once your puppy is in the selected area, use your verbal cue, such as “Hurry Up,” “Poopies,” “Go tinkle,” or any phrase your puppy responds to. What? Know the signs that your puppy has to go to the bathroom. Every animal may have a different “I gotta go” gesture, which often include restlessness, sniffing around, circling, scratching at the door, barking, and, eventually, squatting. At the first sign that your pup has to go, calmly and quickly take them outside to their bathroom spot. Deal with Accidents. Accidents are a normal part of house training a puppy. What to Do If you see your puppy in the process of urinating or defecating inappropriately, calmly and quickly interrupt them in the act. Tell them to stop (either by a jarring sound or command), and immediately take them to an appropriate location for elimination. After your puppy goes to the bathroom, lavishly praise them and offer a treat. Thoroughly clean up accidents, so your puppy is not attracted to this area again. Create a consistent feeding and watering schedule. Depending on the age of your puppy, they will eat three to four times a day. A consistent feeding routine can create a regular bathroom schedule. Take away water about 2 hours before bedtime. Learn more about ideal dog schedules here. What NOT to Do Don’t punish your puppy when they have an accident. At that point, it is too late. When a puppy has an accident in the house and they walk away, within seconds they have already forgotten about what they did. Taking them to the scene of the crime and yelling and/or rubbing their nose in it does not help and, in fact, can harm your puppy! Supervise. The best thing you can do is to prevent accidents and the best way to do this is to supervise your puppy at all times. You can tether your puppy to your waist with a five or six-foot leash and carefully observe them for signs that they need to go to the bathroom. If you can’t supervise, then crate or confine your puppy. The more accidents your puppy has in the house, the more confusing it will be for them and this can delay house training. Reward, Reward, Reward. It is important to give your puppy a reward for their good behavior. This can be for commands such as sitting and coming to you, or for appropriately eliminating outside. In a puppy, a reward can be a couple kibbles of puppy food or a treat, such as a small piece of meat. The treat should be exciting for them and only available as a result of good behavior.

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