(Closed) Need honest advice about a Jack Russell

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think you need to hire an experienced professional trainer (not a Petsmart/Petco class!). This should have been done 9 years ago!!!

JRTs are high energy dogs, keeping him in the cage all the time is just making the problem worse and worse because the dog gets bored and feels ignored, so it will end up being even more of a trouble maker and acting up more.

Different dogs learn different ways; just like different people learn different ways. What you’ve done before with your previous dogs may not work when working with this dog. Have a professional assess the situation and help you with the dog.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

different breeds have “rescuers” That if people don;t want a dog or if that specific type is found at the pound they take the dog into foster care until someone whom want that type of breed that’s not a puppy adopts it

 

Get on to the AKC site and get to the specific breeds page to find different clubs around your area. contact the president and tell them. They will give you further information. If you have any more question PM me and I will help as much as possible.

 

I just noticed you live in Canada….still contacting the AKC they can provide information for a club around your area.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am sorry about your dog it sounds very frustrating.

However, all of his problems are behavioural and can be trained out of him with consistent training. If I were you I would hire a behavioural specialist to come to your house and work with your family and your dog one and one.

Good training will result in a happy dog and therefore a happy family!

Good Luck!

ETA: Also remember that JRTs need ALOT of exercise so you need to walk him/play with him a lot. A tired dog is a well behaved dog – a lot of pent-up energy results in bad dogs. I think you really need to socialize him so you can take him to a dog park to run out his energy with other pups. (This ontop of the training)

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Miss. Meeps: I was just going to type the same thing. I had to do this for a shar pei I took in from a friend (who was going to take him to the humane society, where I’m sure he would have promptly been put to sleep)  once when he was overly aggressive towards others. I worked my butt off to get them to take him and finally they did.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

As much of a nerd as I am going to sound like right now, have you ever heard of Ceasar Milan?  He has some good basic tips about dealing with difficult breeds.  I think at this point the dog needs to exercise until its very tired, then it can stay in the cage all day.  They’re VERY hyper dogs and as @abbyful: said, being in the cage all day is making it worse.  Sorry you’re having this problem and I hope all works out.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Mrs.tobe: I know about these great services because I once found an aggressive female 2 yr old airedale at the pound in serious need of stripping and TLC. I called the Airedale people and she was outta there in less than 24 hours. They worked on her socialization and presto change-o awesome airedale!

 

Its a great service.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@tranquility: You definitely need to contact a Jack Russell Rescue Group!  I guarantee they exist!  They will take him and make sure he gets a good home.  You may have to pay for them to take him, but seriously, this dog needs to live his life outside the cage…he only gets one life and it’s so sad that he’s living it in a cage!  I’m not blaming you, sounds like you did all you can do, but he is obviously not a good match for you.  But there is someone out there who can handle him!!  I’m speaking from experience, I had a basenji, which is a dog that is very hard to train.  I had her for three years and knew I couldn’t handle her, but I was afraid that if I got rid of her, she would end up being put to sleep.  Then I contacted a Basenji Rescue Group and now she is living a fabulous life in a home that knows how to handle the breed.  Good luck to you and the little nipper! 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Update…as soon as I posted, I saw that the JRT Rescue wouldn’t take him?  That is not cool at all!!!  Surely there must be another organization who will…Frown

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@rdhbride: yea that ticks me off. I am going to PM this lady to get more information and when I get home tonight  do some work on this.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Miss. Meeps:  Eh.  I think it’s pretty common for rescues to not take dogs that have a bite history, at least it is around here.

@tranquility:  I agree with the others, wear that dog out.  A tired dog is a good dog and JRTs have a sh*t-ton of energy.  It will take some effort though.  You’ll probably be exhausted as well.  😉  A bike ride or a treadmill maybe?  Cesar Millan isn’t good for all dogs but in your case, I think his methods could work very well.  Exercise, discipline and affection, in that order.  A professional trainer that comes to your house would also be huge.  However, feel free to try others if the first one you meet doesn’t seem like the right match.  Good luck!  You’re definitely doing the right thing.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I concur with what everyone is saying. My Fiance and I have a 3 year old JRT, and he is the sweetest, most amazing dog – but we spend a TON of time with him. He gets multiple walks a day, and has tons of toys to play with, and even when we are just hanging out watching TV, we are usually throwing a ball/toy for him to catch and bring back to us. When he was a puppy, we left him in his crate while we were not at home, but eventually we started letting him out, and now he has the run of a small living room area during the day while we are at work – which he definitely seems to like more than being in the crate. If you really can’t stand this dog, try and find someone who knows, and likes, the breed to take him. Perhaps asking at your Vet if they know of anyone who recently lost a JRT might work. Good Luck!

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