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Why Choose A Jack Russell Terrier?

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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Two Jack Russells

The Jack Russell’s willful ways require patient and loving guidance. Some owners get the idea that if they get two, the dogs will entertain each other. Two JRTs can become very close and enjoy each other’s company, but a Jack Russell may not get along with another breed or another JRT of the same sex.
They have steadfast friendships with some dogs and strong dislikes to other dogs. They are somewhat snobbish and take to their own better than to other breeds. In a large gathering of Jack Russells, it takes only one dog of another breed or another color to get them all protesting. The one exception is hounds, for whom JRTs have a built-in respect, perhaps because they have hunted with them for generations.
It is best to keep only two Jack Russells together, and they should be of opposite genders. They are inclined to fight, especially dogs of the same sex, and if they do there will be no peace. When two females square off, the enmity between them can be to the death. Even catching the scent of the dog they dislike can raise their hackles in anticipation of a battle. Many owners report having to keep one dog crated or in a kennel while the other dog is out. Their politics are very complicated and baffled owners often have no idea why the sudden animosity has hatched. One thing is for sure, though: There is no cure. I offer this advice because the appeal of the Jack Russell makes one inclined to have more than one. Managing a pack of Jack Russells is a lot like taking preschoolers to the ballet.

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Jack Russell Terrier - Courageous And Reckless

If you can commit time and attention to a devoted, quick, intelligent companion, then the Jack Russell Terrier may fit into your life. You may find you are the dog’s pet. It is quite like having a child in that you must devote a great deal of attention to where the dog is and what he is doing any given moment. A Jack Russell is brave to the point of abandon, and you must prevent him from self-destructing;  more JRTs die from accidental deaths than from old age. If protected from themselves, they can live to be 20 years old. But you take on the job as the human parent to this clever, sometimes devilish companion.
Jack Russells need patient, vigilant guidance whenever they are awake. In a split second they have been known to bolt out of a door and across a road. If they spot a chipmunk or a squirrel, no amount of calling will get them to stop. They never see the trucks coming – they only see the object of their attention. No amount of obedience training will ever guarantee this dog’s obedience. They have selective hearing and can completely ignore you. Heartbreak may be the result if you take chances.
It is always prudent to keep a Jack Russell on a leash in any situation where you could possibly lose control of the dog. Somehow they have such a spirit of adventure that their fearless nature compels many to make a bold leap into impending disaster without a split second of hesitation. There are many cases of Jack Russells leaping out of car windows at high speed. Heaven only knows why! I was on a lake one day when one of my own JRTs leaped out of the boat in the middle of the lake. He was rescued from the deep water with a fishing net. I do not know why my dog Cricketson jumped out of the boat. No way could that dog have swum to shore!
It is if JRT’s are shooting stars with a brilliant light that shines through life, never looking back. They leave people who loved them in amazement and sorrow as they jump into danger’s gaping jaws without fear or hesitation. It is desperately hard for those of us who love them to know why this self-destructive element is so strong in them. But when they decide they want to pursue some course of action, they are willing to do just about anything. That is why we must protect them so vigilantly from themselves.

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Jack Russell Terrier - Not An Apartment Dog

Because the Jack Russell Terrier is small and very cute, many have been brought into small city apartments and condos and left alone while people work all day. The restrictions of being left alone in a confined place all day has made for some surprised owners, who come home to find their apartment ransacked by the bored dog. If left to entertain themselves, JRTs can be very busy doing things humans don’t like. That havoc is very entertaining to the dog, though.
This is not a dog who can be crated for long hours and left alone. It is, in fact, cruel to crate a Jack Russell Terrier for more than an hour or two. They do not thrive with such restrictions to their physical need for lots of exercise and their mental requirement to engage their minds in interesting activity.
Because of their enormous need for activity, JRTs are often misunderstood and even rejected. They can easily become unruly without good human leadership. Confused owners unprepared for the needs of the dog sometimes seek to place them with rescue groups or surrender them to shelters when they can no longer cope.
It is extremely important to be prepared for the basic characteristics and personality of any breed before getting one. People often spend more time selecting a pair of shoes than they do a companion animal that they will share their lives with for up to twenty years.
With his boundless energy, the Jack Russell is a challenge not everyone is prepared to provide for or cope with. Not all dog owners are up to the task of living with such a bold, devil-may-care breed.

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Why Choose A Jack Russell Terrier

Choosing any breed of dog requires serious study of the attributes and behavior inherent in that breed. JRTs have become enormously popular, but the real JRT may be very different from the dog you have seen on television or in the movies. That’s why it’s wise to get acquainted with a Jack Russell before you choose one.
They can be brave beyond belief and yet snuggly beyond compare. They can be brimming with love and affection, while at the same time they’re a powerpacked bundle of energy. A Jack Russell will make you laugh. Some will “hunt” the vacuum cleaner and try to grab it when you run it. They may pause at the top of an A-frame while doing agility just to take a look at their kingdom from that elevated viewpoint. They love the spotlight and thrive on your attention. Because JRTs are compact in size, they make great traveling companions. A crate-trained Jack Russell can be taken many places where it would be harder to take a large dog. They enjoy riding in cars, too. Never leave the window open wide enough for a leap, though.
The only thing a Jack Russell Terrier loves as much as being near you is going hunting. He may be glued to your side one moment and off on a mission the next. While a sense of humor is universal in the breed, when JRTs are hunting they are all business. They can change gears in a second from play to work. Most the time, though, the Jack Russell is a comedian. Being playful and fun is part of his basic makeup. These are happy, cheerful dogs. But it is important to keep in mind that, besides being ready for fun, the entire wiring of the dog is based on his history as a hunting dog. The dog must be willing to be handled and be a cheerful companion to the hunter. A dog of disagreeable nature would not be useful in the field.

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