Rat Terrier Question

I adopted a stray 2 year old Rat Terrier from an animal shelter, that was not house broken and...


I adopted a stray 2 year old Rat Terrier from an animal shelter, that was not house broken and that had been abused. She is spayed and is a very friendly dog. For 6 months I have tried to house break her by the crate method. She still is not house broken. I am home all day most of the time. She gets plenty of exercise, because I take her for long runs almost everyday. Do you have any advise for this problem?

    In Rat Terrier - Asked by Anonymous - 10/23/2012 11:27:03 PM
Keep her with you at all times. Keep her on a leash hooked to your belt. Just go about your business doing whatever you would normally do each day. Take her outside at regular intervals. If she pees or poops outside give her a bunch of praise and reward her right away (keep a highly tasty treat in your pocket like a bit of baked chicken or piece of hot dog). If she begins to go inside quickly act surprised gasp, say no firmly, this should startle her enough to stop the process. Then take her out right away to finish her business. If you need to not have her right at your side for a bit then use the crate. Also at night use the crate. Rat terriers are very happy to please you once they have figured out exactly what you want them to do.
    Answered by Anonymous - 10/30/2012 6:38:05 PM


With my little Rat Terrier I took him out every two hours. When he did his business outside I rewarded and praised him, if he didn't I didn't make a big deal out of it. He caught on really quick that letting me know he had to go outside by going to the door was a very good thing!
    Answered by Anonymous - 12/22/2012 11:41:10 PM