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Re: Scents

Posted by:  Leslie Hemsing
Posted on:  June 20, 2002 at 22:09:03

In Reply to: Scents
Category:   Behavior Problems
Posted by:  Julie
Posted on:  June 20, 2002 at 15:21:01

Question:

: My 2 Y/O Jack has been aggressively smelling something around our house for the past month. The problem is is he gets so intense and into it he has a BM wherever he pleases and continues to smell?? He has more freedom then a person to go outside and relieve himself. We try to punish but no luck. Please help???


Response:

Dear Julie,

You probably have a mouse in your house (!) and the behavior you are witnessing is a JRTs hunting instinct at it's finest. Of course, this behavior is most often seen in the field where going potty isn't really an issue. :-)

Please do not punish your terrier for following his instincts; his keen sense of smell and intensity is as much a part of him as is his ball playing, snuggling on the sofa, etc. I suggest you set a few mouse traps (there are several on the market that trap, not kill) in places where your terrier cannot get to them.

Until the mouse is caught (and for some time thereafter) you should expect the behavior to continue. You may want to consider crating him for short periods of time (so you both get a break) or keeping him close by with a leash so you can monitor him.

Best of luck,
Leslie