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Ask Alecia: My Dog Potties in the House!

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Dear Alecia,

I have a 3-1/2-year-old Jack Russell. She has never been good about going to the bathroom outside. I have been putting her in her crate for a time out when she does her business in the house. Today I put her in the crate for over an hour. When I let her out, she went right back to the same spot and
pooped. She has a 4-year-old sister who has never acted this way. Help! She is very dominate over me and the other animals in the house. – Carol

Dear Carol:

It can be so frustrating when you pooch thinks your house is their toilet bowl. From what you have described to me you need to shore up on your boundaries with your little one.

When you come back inside, put her straight back in her crate. When she’s ready to go out, take her right back outside. Do this routine for about 2-3 days straight with her play time being outside, and she will learn very quickly that there is only one place to do her business, and it’s not inside your house.

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Alecia Evans is the inventor of The Walk In Sync™ Humane Dog Walking and Training System with her exclusive 5 Minute Manners Makeovers using the Walk In Sync™ Harness and Accu-Grip Leash, along with her Walk In Sync™ 3 Easy Steps to teach any human/dog duos to Walk In Sync in just minutes.

The former host of the award-winning GrassRoots Aspen TV Series, The Whole Animal-An Alternative Approach to Animal Care, Alecia takes a natural approach to dog training and health care. Her work has been featured on Fox and Friends, The Sandra Glosser Show, NY 1, and in Aspen Magazine,, The New York Daily News and Woof Report.