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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Training Questions and Answers

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Doring
Parson Russell Terrier
3 Months
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Doring
Parson Russell Terrier
3 Months

HI, My pup is 3 months old. I take her out about 10 times a day but sometimes she still comes from outside and do her business in the house. Dont know what to do anymore. Can you help please. Thank you

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Liezel, When you take pup outside are you letting pup into a fence alone or taking pup out on leash with you? If you are letting pup outside alone, I would take pup on leash, walk pup around slowly for 10-15 minutes to encourage sniffing and the urge to go potty, tell pup to "Go Potty" then give three small treats or pieces of kibble, one at a time, and praise pup if they go potty. I would do this for the next three months or until pup has been completely accident free for at least two to three months. If pup won't go potty when you take them outside like I explained above, then when you bring pup back inside either crate pup or tether them to yourself with a hands free leash for the next hour. At the end of the hour or if pup starts asking to go back outside sooner, take pup back outside, repeating the walking, "Go Potty" and rewards if pup finally goes potty then. Repeat the cycle of taking pup potty supervised, crating or tethering pup to yourself for an hour if they don't go potty, and taking pup back outside each hour, every hour until pup finally goes potty again. If pup is going potty outside but then having an accident right away when you bring them back inside, despite fully going potty outside, the issue might be excited or submissive peeing rather than a lack of understanding about potty training, often working on keeping pup calm, keeping a drag leash on pup when you supervise so you can pick that up to lead pup instead of touch pup during times of pup being in trouble or overly excited, and ignoring pup when you first get home or guests first arrive, can help pup learn to manage their own nervousness or excitement. Many puppies will improve in that area with age if you can just minimize how often it happens through managing interactions and environment more. If pup is having frequent accidents immediately and it's not happening due to submissive or excited peeing, I recommend a trip to your vet to see if their is a medical cause for incontinence. I am not a vet so I would defer to your vet about anything to do with pup's physiology. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Daisy
Border Terrier and Parson terrier mix
29 Weeks
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Border Terrier and Parson terrier mix
29 Weeks

She will be let out of the pin we have her in then go somewhere and pee other than the pads we have set up or she will pee right next to it. We tried giving treats, we tried potty spry as well as telling her no and showing her when she did wrong,we have also shown her where to go and still not working!!!

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Maddison, It sounds like pup isn't going potty on a pad while in the pen. You have a few different options here. Option 1: Teach pup to go potty outside. As soon as you let pup out, immediately take pup outside. If pup doesn't go potty there, return to pen, then try again in 30-60 minutes. Only giving pup freedom after you have seen them go potty. When you do take pup potty, tell pup Go Potty, and give a treat and praise right after pup goes potty if they go. If you want to teach pup to only use the bathroom outside, I recommend using the crate inside instead of the pen, to ensure pup never goes in the pen inside also. Otherwise you are teaching inside on the pad and outside also by taking pup outside and using the pen. Option 2. Watch pup carefully. Every time you see pup go potty in the pen, praise pup and give a treat, only letting pup out of the pen right after they have got potty in on the pad, so pup's bladder is empty while free. This will need to happen on average for 3 months before pup will be motivated not to have an accident while out of the pen. Option 3. When you let pup out of the pen, tether pup to yourself with a hands free leash and keep an eye on pup's signals of needing to go, like sniffing, circling, whining, pulling away, or squatting. If pup acts like they need to go potty, immediately hurry pup back over to the pee pad, and praise and reward if pup goes on the pad. Check out the Crate Training method for more details on option 1, if you go solely to outside potty training. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Check out the Exercise Pen method I have linked below for more details on option 2. https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy Check out the tethering method for more details on option 3. The difference between that method and what I told you is that you would take pup to the pee pad instead of outside like the method mentions, unless you decide you want to teach pup to go potty outside. Tethering method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside If pup seems to be avoiding going on the pee pads in general, some dogs associate pee pads with other fabric like carpet or rugs and will avoid them. You can try using a disposable real grass pad instead in that case. www.freshpatch.com (also on amazon) www.porchpotty.com https://www.amazon.com/DoggieLawn-Disposable-Dog-Potty-Medium/dp/B00761ZXQW Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Bella
Parson Russell Terrier
10 Weeks
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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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