General Training Tips for Jack Russell Terriers

You must be the dominant member of the household. If not, your terrier will assert itself as the head of your household.

General Training Tips for Jack Russell Terriers

Jack Russell Terrier Training Tips

  • Begin training your Jack Russell Terrier early (not too early - your puppy's breeder should not allow you to take a puppy home before it is 8 weeks of age).
  • You must be the dominant member of the household. If not, your terrier will assert itself as the head of your household. Do not let this happen.
  • Start training when the puppy comes home for the first time.
  • Be consistent! If not, you will confuse your terrier.
  • Use positive re-enforcement techniques if possible; reward good behavior; ignore bad.
  • Attend a obedience (i.e., puppy kindergarden) class to socialize your puppy.
  • Teach your terrier to listen to you. It may save its life.
  • Teach your terrier bed manners - don't allow a JR to growl or snap at you if it sleeps with you in your bed. This is a display of dominant behavior, often misinterpreted as a rude bed dog. Make your JR sleep in its own bed for a few nights if it exhibits this behavior.
  • You might try using a ticking clock in the puppy's bed to simulate the heartbeat of its mother. This helps it to sleep until it gets used to the new surroundings.
  • NEVER keep more than two Jack Russells in one area when you are not home to offer leadership and protection to them.
  • NEVER keep puppies with adult dogs who may grow tired of their youthful exhausting mouthy play.

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