posted by Con_Alma
It sounds like you're looking for a solution for you and your wife to keep the dog as opposed to what's best for the dog. They aren't necessarily the same thing.
Caging a dog who is having trouble controlling it's urination is only forcing a dog to lay in it's own urination for hours at a time. I personally don't think that's the best thing for the dog.
I explained this incorrectly initially. I don't know that she can't necessarily control her bladder. Sometimes - a lot of times - I think she's just lazy. We have a stake in the ground with a 30ish foot long leash we hook her up to to go outside. I can open up the back door and put her on the leash but unless I literally tell her to go out and go, she'll just sit there on the back deck until someone lets her in. We were gone for 7-8 hours yesterday and she was fine. I come home late and am trying to put a 4 year old and 6-month old to bed so I let her out and am not really paying attention if she actually goes out like she's suppose to, and then I eventually let her back in. I got up a few hours later in the night for something and notice she had then peed/pooped on the carpet.
Anyways, we're both working tonight and the dog's going in the cage so we'll see if she can control it or not. My personal (and perhaps wrong) theory is that she'll do a lot better at controlling her bladder when she's in a 3x5ft cage. If she still has the same issues in the cage then we'll need to figure something else out.
I agree when it gets to the point where it's a poor life for the dog then it's selfish for me personally to keep her, but the alternative could be the pound/death. Maybe there's someone out there looking for an 11yo Jack Russell with possible bladder control issues, but probably there isn't.