Archive for June, 2012

Jack Russell Terrier - Thriving On Praise

Most JRT’s seek approval. They will go to great lengths to win praise. They so want attention that their behavior can mostly be shaped favorably with praise and rewards. They thrive on praise and do not take punishment well. Training them successfully means using positive forms and never harsh methods.
If they are not given approval, some may misbehave to get your full attention. Jack Russells do not like to be ignored. They so want to be liked that somehow when entering a room of people they will target the one person who is not interested in them and try to win them over. They will turn themselves inside out to be loved and to love back.
They are very sensitive to the moods of their owners. They seem to sense your feelings and will snuggle or lick a hand as if to console and extend understanding. They generally want to be in contact with your body or quite close. As I write, my young dog Twister either is under my chair or resting his head on my foot.

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Jack Russell Terrier And Other Pets

If you have other small pets, you must know that gerbils, birds, and even reptiles become the objects of the Jack Russell’s compulsion to hunt. Any small pet may become the focus of the dog’s unwavering attention. These dogs will give up sleep to focus on the pet. Their strong hunting instinct is ready and loaded.
As a rule, JRT’s are not good companions with cats. Very few can ever fully be trusted with cats. Even when a dog is raised with a cat, the day may come that is not a happy one for the cat. No domestic animal more resembles the fox than a cat. The Jack Russell will decide to hunt the cat just as eagerly as his ancestors hunted fox.
A Jack Russell and chickens is about the most hopeless combination of animals there can be. The motion and squawking put the dog on overload.
Not long ago, my next-door neighbor had surgery, so his nephew kept his Jack Russell, Buckeye, for a few days while his uncle was in the hospital. Buckeye had been mannerly around our chickens. But during his stay with the nephew, he met a talking parrot. As the bird flew off his perch to land on the shoulder of the nephew, Buckeye jumped up and caught the bird in midair in front of horrified children and the woman who had patiently taught the bird to talk.
This breed possesses prey drive and simply cannot resist the opportunity to be full of surprises – not all of them good. They are adept at catching things, and sometimes they just cannot remember or recognize the limits of the game. They write their own rules to suit the moment.

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Jack Russell Terrier puppies

The JRT puppy goes through an alligator stage where the entire world is centered in his mouth and those tiny sharp teeth. Expect puppies to be very active with their mouths. Teething may make the dog mouthy, too.
They normally play roughly and practice “killing” socks or toys. This behavior is completely normal. If you walk by, they may grab your pant leg and pretend they have caught you. It can be very funny, but do limit and discourage any really rough play. Do not encourage aggressive behavior. It may be cute when they are puppies, but it won’t be cute later.
They can be terrible teenagers, too, but they soon mature. Keeping a Jack Russell Terrier well exercised is the best way to control this behavior. In fact, most behavior problems can be handled by extensive exercise. Exercise can help soften their zealous nature and single-mindedness.
Be gently forgiving of puppies playing like big hunting dogs. It is amazing to see the instincts present in a little dog only weeks old!

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