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My jack russell terrier seems to have a mind of her own. Any suggestions or tips for training this breed?

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12 comments to My jack russell terrier seems to have a mind of her own. Any suggestions or tips for training this breed?

  • byderule

    dis you want a zombie or a stuffed dog ,jack russels are great dogs ,but you have to be tough,its a big dog in a small body

  • Waynes Angel

    they are very smart yet sneaky i have a half mini dachshund and half jack Russell and she is driving me crazy sometimes she does good about going potty outside then other days she acts like she don’t know where to go just be patient and consistent she will get it sooner or later

  • Ice4444

    They are very hyper dogs’ that should need training. I know my sisters is totally out of control because she spoils it rotten and it doesn’t know any better. She’s a poor dog owner.

    Another friend of our has one and the dog’s awesome. She disciplined it at a young age and keeps up with it. They are a fun dog that is going to be wild at times but you still dont’ let it do what it wants whenever it wants. Your dog doesn’t own you, your supposed to own the dog.

    animals need discipline and boundaries. If your not able to set those boundaries then you need to get some help to do it. Each species is different but the premise is still the same. And don’t dress it up like a little baby like some idiot dog owners do. Good luck.

  • clover

    Uh.. yeah.. she SEEMS to have a mind of her own, because she HAS a mind of her own. JRTs are about the smartest breed out there and as soon as you respect her autonomy, she might begin to respect you.

    By the way, how could she NOT have her own mind? Isn’t she her own little creature and not an extension of you??

    I don’t have a JRT, but I have been lucky to know very many of them (personally!). They need lots of education, exercise and affection. To forget any of these ingredients with regards to a JRT is to have a crazy dog..

  • canela

    The key to training a dog is for it to know you’re the alpha. I know it sounds trite but you have to remember that the dog is an animal and has genetic disposition to trying to be the boss unless it knows otherwise. Be firm and insistent/consistent in your training. No punishment – reward works best. Speak firmly but don’t yell or shout. A trainer once told me that, if my dog disobeyed or acted out I should take a newspaper, role it into a tight tube and then hit myself in the head with it for not paying attention to training. Remember that the dog is just that and will be quick to take advantage: no reward for improper behavior. Don’t feel sorry for the dog when it gives you “the look”. That’s the animal manipulating you. When the animal is quiet, gently grasp it by the muzzle and hold for a few seconds. This is what its mother would do and it will help establish you as the alpha. Ask your vet to recommend a trainer that uses behavioral technique.

  • purple_puma

    write are call purina they will send you a cd it takes time and everyday for about 2months letting them know what you want and dont want them to do all terries are hyper they are also good hunting dogs

  • Miriam

    Um, yes, JRTs DO have a mind of their own.

    You need to make it worth their while to do what you want. They have a “What’s in it for me?” attitude.

    Most JRTs will work for food, or a toy they can “kill”. But they’re not gonna do it “because you said so”. You need to convice them that they WANT to do it, by making it fun and rewarding for them.

  • KJ

    I have a JRT mix that is quite a challenge. First off, you NEED to establish yourself as the alpha. This is a BIG dog in a little body. They have no idea that they’re “small” dogs. And what an attitude mine has! He has no problem letting me know when he’s displeased with something. So I’ve learned that ignoring the bad and rewarding the good works better then anything. He can’t stand being ignored. He HATES time outs. (I make him sit and tell him “don’t move”. I leave him there for about 30 seconds to a minute) It kills him to not be able to follow me into the other room.

    Also, tiring him out before training helps a lot. We joke that our Junior has ADHD. If he’s tired he doesn’t get so easily distracted. Treats work well, but don’t overdo it.

    Might want to read through some of these too…


    ADDED….Here’s another little tidbit of info on your JRT


  • Ch.OTCHMissGingerUDX30-VCD4

    I posted this answer yesterday. People do not research their breeds very well and therefore they are surprised when their dog is over-active and very very hyper. Check out the websites below.

    JRT’s are a handful to say the least. I have a Parson Russell Terrier, different variety, wirehaired and stouter noses.
    He is a 6 year old USDAA National Agility Champ and runs runs runs all around. He is a never-ending bucket of energy. I swear he drinks coffee when I am not around…TOTALLY KIDDING FOLKS!!

    You need to start training him yesterday. Get my point? He needs to know you are the boss. They have short attention spans, so bits of training all day long instead of long sessions are best for these pups. Also, it may seem mediocre, but give him a short name for his call. My PRT is named Skipther in the ring, but I call him Skip. Short commands such as “Skip Sit!” are great. Also, crate training for these dogs is a must. I do not mean confine him all day long. It will drive him nuts.
    Crate train him so he knows where is the bathroom and where is NOT. But if you must leave him during the day until he is perfectly housetrained, get him a puppy play pen with nothing around for him to chew. Leave him a puppy kong with peanut butter inside to gnaw on to pass the time.

    People seriously underestimate these dogs. They are NOT necessarily the best family dogs. But they can be great single-person companions, especially if you want to get involved in a dog sport, such as agility or JRT go-to-ground events.


  • Larry m

    well I have two and they are very smart but also very trainable. Go to http://www.peteducation.com great site with lots of useful tips

  • no name

    i have two jack russells. one is 9 and is a boy and i have a 11 month old pup who is a girl. there is no way to train these dogs. the reason that they call them terriers is becuase they terrorize things.

  • lpaganus

    I have two spayed females, Jack Russells through and through. I am the alpha dog, they know that, but when the door opens, they split like shots out of a cannon. The older dog starts fights (she was a pit bull in another life I think). She has been jumped on and eviscerated by the local dog pack, but sewed up and lives to fight another day. The younger one won’t come to me unless I start the truck, she is easily fooled. I love these girls, 8 and 5 but they are house dogs, have their own dog run, but completely untrainable. Love them anyway.

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