That's a good question. How to house train a Jack Russell puppy is one of the most daunting tasks you'll face as a dog owner. However, because Jack Russells are so intelligent, house training a Jack Russell puppy can be accomplished easily and quickly if you follow some basic guidelines.
Puppies 8-10 Weeks Old
Depending on how old your puppy is, you may be expecting too much. If your puppy is too young, physically, he may not be able to hold his bowels. Most dogs come to their new homes 8-10 weeks of age. At this stage, they are unable to hold their bladder for an entire night and they have to be taken out every few hours.
If your JRT is less than 6 months old, be prepared that you're going to have less than perfect compliance to house training and that you'll have accidents at times. Be patient and stay positive.
First, and foremost, if you really want learn how to house train a Jack Russell puppy, you have to be willing to take at least 2 weeks off work. Why? Because you'll need to keep watch over your pup very carefully so that you can sense when he has to pee and then intercede.
Designate His Own Space
Designate a space just for your JRT. Make it a space where the floor is easy to clean. This will be his play and sleep area. It should be an area that can be easily closed off and small enough to be manageable.
This will be your terrier's "room" until house training gets under way and until you introduce the crate. Get him a blanket – perferably one with your scent on it, a bowl of water and some toys, and keep it in his new "room."
Don't Let Home Roam Free
If you're serious about house training a Jack Russell puppy, and want fast results, your Jack Russell can't have free access to the house until he's fully house trained.
I know that sounds cruel, but there's a good reason for this kind of rigid restriction in the beginning. If you give your dog free reign of the house, he'll pee all over the place. You won't have an opportunity to intercept him and take him to the appropriate place you want him to eliminate – which is outside.
When you're learning how to house train a Jack Russell puppy you're going to be asked to do a lot of things that seem cruel to your dog at first. But you've got to trust the process and do what you're asked to do if you want results.
Keep Your Eyes on Him Every Minute
Your job is to watch your pup like a hawk. If you have to wash dishes, tie a tether to him, this way he can only go so far and you can still catch him in the act if he starts to go to the bathroom.
During Jack Russell house training, it's …