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on Mar 10, 2013 @ 09:38 am|
So we got ourselves a new Jack Russell Terrier puppy! He is 8 weeks old and we have named him Apollo. He is very shy so-far and he loves to do his business on the rug. During the night he is constantly barking and waking us all up, which all are very normal. Do any of you chicks have any advice for me?
|Good luck!! on Mar 10, 2013 @ 11:14 am|
To try and keep him quiet through the night, try putting a clock that ticks under a blanket in his cage along with some old stuffed animals. He just misses his brothers and sisters and should get over that in time.
One other house training tick that worked for my brother was to place a little bell on a string and then hang it on the door handle to a height he can reach. Every time you take him out ring the bell, or have him hit it with his paw. My brothers dog learned to ring the bell every time she wanted out by doing this and she still does it today even though she 10 now. They tried everything with their dog to get her not to mess in the house and this was the only thing that worked for them. It sounds silly but it does work on some dogs.
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|Thanks Takoda! on Mar 10, 2013 @ 12:09 pm|
Thanks so much! I did not know we were getting a dog until they plopped him on my lap, so we have nothing for this dog! We've never had an indoor pet so we're kind of improvising until I can go shopping. Right now I'm trying to get him used to all of the animals outside so he feels safe when he's outside, because those Tom cats are almost twice his size! There are children that I'm also trying to get him to socialize with, and they are used to dogs so I think they will be fine. He seems quite friendly and kind if he can get over his shyness. Thanks again!
|Love the breed. on Mar 10, 2013 @ 05:50 pm|
I agree with Takoda. I would start him in puppy training classes - not socialization classes, but actual training, because Jack Russell Terrier's are a very strong minded dogs. They are also very high strung dogs, so they will need a lot of exercise to burn off their energy. Not just a walk a day.. a lot of exercise! This could be throwing a ball across the yard 100 times, etc.
This breed also likes to be challenged. You can teach them a lot of new tricks, to help and stimulate their minds. They are also amazing at agility, so that might be another idea!
To also comment on their personality.. I believe any breed of dog can, and will bite - given the right (or wrong) circumstances.. That doesn't mean you should be worried, but any dog owner should be cautious about their pets, especially when children are around. I personally have never had any bad experiences with Jack Russell Terriers before.
Good luck with your training! Oh, and you should totally post a picture! :)
|Your welcome. on Mar 11, 2013 @ 01:35 pm|
Don't get me wrong looking-for-perfect, these dogs can be very good in the right home, you just have to watch them. Katelynrose is right, any dog can turn on you, we just had the bad luck with the Jack's we had. I also have a feeling the mother of both of these dogs had been over bread and had a bad blood line, but who know for sure why our dog bit my son. I really don't think the dog even knew why he did it. Your best bet is to get him into training classes as soon as possible.
Oh and I ask my vet if getting Takoda, our Lab fixed, if it would calm him down. He said that it doesn't always work with males. Some it does and some it doesn't, that you won't know until after the deed is done. I know you said your puppy is very shy right now, but so were ours when we first got them. They both got over that real fast and were both a ball of energy with in a few weeks. These dogs love to learn tricks like Katelynrose said and can be very good at it, so start working with him early.
When we got our first Jack I had just had my last son and he was very sick, so I couldn't train him like I would have like to. My husband was gone out of town for work at the time so he couldn't train him either. We really never should have gotten him at that time, but it was my husbands brother that had the puppies, he pretty much push it on us.
Our kids were older when we got the second one and even though we spent a lot of time with him he still thought he was the boss, witch is never a good thing with any type of dog. If you need any thing else just let Katelynrose or myself know and we'll be happy to help in any way we can.
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|Thanks to both of you! on Mar 11, 2013 @ 03:57 pm|
Thanks guys, you've been a big help! He didn't bark last night and he no longer pees on the rugs, so we're on better terms now! So far he seems to be a very quick learner and I'm very proud of my little pup!