A well-socialised and well-trained Jack Russell makes for a resilient companion who is up for anything, adores being around the family, and can keep up on a day-long hike. With a solid emotional grounding that starts in puppyhood, these rugged little dogs can physically tolerate rough-handling from kids and keep coming back for more with a waggy tail. With Jack Russell’s you get back what you put in.
With a knowledgeable handler the Jack will thrive on the trust they place in you. These active dogs have a love of life and joyfully maintain their enthusiasm for adventure even in the face of rain, snow, or wind. The other good news is that they have a reputation for longevity, with many Jacks remaining active into their mid-teens, so you can expect to have their canine company for many years to come. Another plus is they don’t drool and their coat care is easy...but as with any dog be prepared for shedding and dog hair on the upholstery.
Jack Russell’s’ are highly intelligent and quick learners. For the confident dog trainer, their quick wits make them rewarding to train; whilst their energy levels make them suitable for extra-curricular activities such as agility training or Flyball. Expect this small dog to be big on personality, and be prepared for plenty of fun times together. Jack Russell Terriers: The Challenges The Jack Russell character can be summed up by saying they are highly intelligent, easily bored, and packed with energy. When their considerable personality is channelled correctly this makes for a paw-some companion who will keep up with you all day long. However, if you leave a Jack Russell to his own devices, expect him to seek out mischief...big time.
This is one reason why Jack Russell's are considered by many as not ideal for first time dog owners. The pet parent needs to be several steps ahead of their Jack, with a plan in place for how to correct bad behaviour, or there is a considerable risk of the dog running rings around them.
Unfortunately a bored Jack Russell that lacks firm guidance will readily amuse himself in activities such as digging, barking, and chewing, whilst a dog that lacks experience with other four-leggers is liable to become over-anxious or aggressive. This errant behaviour is due to generations of selective breeding to produce bold working dogs capable of thinking for themselves and confronting danger. Their strong prey drive places the family cat in danger, especially as they are programmed to bite first without asking questions. T
This makes training a challenge, especially as Jacks are easily bored. The trainer needs to know how to engage their Jack’s interest and hold it, along with having a good grasp of reward-based training methods that teach the dog to behave better and pay attention to his master. This takes time, knowledge, and commitment on the part of the owner, with big stakes riding on the result. Unfortunately, when things go wrong this can result in an aggressive or snappy Jack, or a bored dog that enlivens life by destroying the house or escaping from it. After all, if you are a Jack Russell, “Why walk when you can run?
Jack Russell’s can be very headstrong so being confident and consistent is very important in them learning to respond to you.
Known to be very brave, they need to be socialised early on in order to keep themselves out of any trouble they could get themselves into.
Use their mind! Jack Russell’s are intelligent and get bored easily, keep them mentally stimulated through trick training and searching games.
Although they are small they need a lot of exercise, Jack Russell’s have a tonne of energy and will get it out either by running around in the park or digging holes and destroying furniture.
Known to chase small animals, they need to be socialised with other types of animals such as cats at an early age and practise your recall!
Pay your dog attention; they love to have a companion.
Train regularly; keep them working and learning new interesting things.
Make training fun, attention spans can wander, keep the training short and fun.
Start training at an early age, Jack Russell’s are fast learners and enjoy the challenge.
Show your dog lots of love, they will repay it with loyal companionship.