Coaching a Jack Russell Terrier

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Saturday, June 9, 2012 | 1:29 AM

By Cathy Doggins

With most dogs, formal training can begin when they're around 6 months of age. Not so with Jack Russells. Because they are a particularly willful breed, the sooner you start training a Jack Russell Terrier, the more well off you'll be. Behaviour issues are sometimes caused by a lack of friendship, discipline, activity and exercise.


When you are introducing your little puppy to its new home, take her out to the lawn and inspire her to go to the john. Praise her if she does, but don't worry if she does not. Housetraining, like any other aspect of training, takes time and patience. A consistent routine is useful here. That suggests regular feeding times and trips outside to go potty after each meal. It's important for you to accompany the puppy outside so that you can praise him and feed him a treat when he does his business outside.

Social Interaction

An important part of the coaching must involve socializing the little puppy with a good variety of dogs and humans including youngsters of assorted ages. Neglecting to do this will create behavioural issues later. Fear of the unfamiliar could cause your Jack to bark and drive generally because they are extraordinarily protective of their humans.

The Seriousness of Play

With a puppydog, coaching should be masked as play. Games like fetch can serve as sessions in disguise. When you discover your Jack's favourite game, maybe tug of war, it could be a rather more effective coaching reward than food. But both food treats and fun make coaching way easier for your dog.

Crate Coaching

Jacks can be very destructive when they're left abandoned, especially when they are teething. But , Even though your Jack is simply bored, you may come back home to find out that the runners on your favourite easy chair have been gnawed, glasses taken off the low table and mangled beyond use and book covers reworked. Because of this, crate coaching is a complete must and the crate will help with housetraining, as well.

Biting Problems

Play-biting is a natural part of a puppy's nature so they have to be taught that biting is unsatisfactory. A light way to let your young dog know that she is biting too hard is the muzzle hold method, which is based upon the way dogs and wolves discipline their puppies in natural habitats. Break off playing and gradually hold the pup's mouth shut for a few seconds. Don't squeeze; you do not want to harm your pup. When she starts to understand that she can't bite anymore, reward her with treats. Making sure she has enough satisfactory toys and chewable foods to gnaw on is an alternate way to prevent unsatisfactory biting.

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