We recently bought a Jack Russel puppy from a pet shop in Taipei. He's about 3 months old and we think he was in the store for quite some time before we found him. He has adjusted well, is playful and happy and gets on great with our other 5 month old JRT. Problem is he pees on himself. Sometimes he doesn't squat, he just sits and pees. He also doesn't give us any indication that he's about to go. This even happens when he seems totally relaxed so I don't think it's a case of him being nervous or distracted. Any suggestions?
having been from a pet shop, and in a cage and just peeing there, it's the only way he knows. you're going to have to teach him another way. going to have to be very vigilant on the housetraining. keep him on a leash tethered to you, so you can supervise at all times. take him out frequently and give lots of praise and a small treat when he goes in the right spot. when he starts to pee inside, immediately say "NO" and carry him outside, even still mid-pee. then lots of praise if he continues to go outside.
I agree. Having been caged for awhile probably started this habit. I would confine him to an uncarpeted area as opposed to a crate as he's probably used to peeing in a crate and watch him closely and follow the advise given above.
Most puppies won't pee in the place where they sleep or on themselves. But puppies from a pet store are used to peeing inside their cages, so yes, it's normal for your puppy to pee in his bed. I got Ace from a pet store and I spent the first few weeks with him watching him like a hawk. I caught pretty much every single accident and he was trained (fully) in about 4 weeks or so. You've got to teach him now that it's no longer okay to do this, and you have to catch and correct every accident. If you don't catch him in the act you cannot scold him because he will not understand why he's being scolded. Good luck =0)
Not if they were raised in a home where the owners kept the whelping box clean and started to do some basic training as the puppies got a little older. But pet shop dogs aren't usually raised that way and if they are left in their mess, they get used to it. Dogs are creatures of habit, it might take some time to change the habit, hang in there.
Our 5 month old was also bought at a pet shop and apart from the occasional accident is pretty much potty trained by using the method you advised. I just thought that a dogs natural instinct is to keep himself and his bed clean.